Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Bites #Recipe - Crazy Cooking Challenge

I always enjoy a good cheesecake, so this month's Crazy Cooking Challenge should have been exciting. Except I just made a cheesecake.

Yeah, cheesecake's take a little work and a lot of patience to come out well. This time around I was looking to scale down. When I saw this Chicago Metallic mini cheesecake pan, I knew that was the direction I wanted to go.

I finally chose Nigella's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake and fitted them for the smaller bite-sized treats. Does it get much better than peanut butter and chocolate?


The best part about making mini-cheesecakes? I can have a decadent treat (or two!) in 30 minutes. That is some dangerous information.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Bites
recipe adapted from Nigella Lawson

You Will Need:


  • 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c. salted peanuts
  • 1/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) bar of cream cheese
  • 1 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
Chocolate Ganache:
3/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. whipping cream
1 Tbsp. corn syrup

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray the mini cheesecake pan with non-stick spray.

In a food processor pulse up the crust ingredients. It should come together when pressed. Divide between the 12 cheesecake cups. Press down firmly. Put in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

In my stand mixer I creamed the cream cheese with sugar, then added one egg at a time. Finish adding the remaining ingredients and beat till smooth. Divide the filling between the cups and bake for about 20 minutes. The filling will begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Let the cheesecake cool and then run a knife around the edges. Then wrap up the cheesecakes and refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 2 hours.

Before serving, make ganache. In a small saucepan melt the chocolate chips with the whipping cream. Stir constantly to keep it from burning. Add the corn syrup. Drizzle over the cheesecakes and top with whipping cream if desired.


Now be sure to check out all the Crazy Cooking Challenge recipes linked up below:

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