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.


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  1. I love peanut butter and Chocolate, these sound amazing! So cute and tiny, I could eat 3 or 4 and not feel guilty (well maybe a little guilty, but I'd eat them anyway!)

  2. Oh man these look amazing.. Nice job and nice choice.

    #30 ccc Triple Lemon Cheesecake

  3. Peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite flavor combination! This sounds amazing! Great CCC pick! I'm #16. :)

  4. Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combos! I'd love for you to stop by - I'm #9 in the challenge. :)

  5. Peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination and these little bites look amazing! They are the perfect size! CCC #69

  6. YUM! These look wonderful! Pinning!!!

  7. This look absolutely amazing! Peanut butter and chocolate are a sure hit at my house. Mr. T. would be so tickled....yum! CCC #13

  8. I went mini-sized too! That way I didn't feel guilty when I ate more than one! ;) These look amazing!!


  9. Oh, my...that dripping ganache just clinched the deal...fantastic mini cheesecakes!

  10. You combined my 3 favorite things, I know this is delicious, I love the mini size too!!

  11. I love the idea of using peanuts in the crust! How clever!

    Jen #73

  12. I'm going to have to look for that pan, your cheesecakes are gorgeous and I love peanuts and chocolate together.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my CCC entry: #6 Mini Cheesecake Bites.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  13. I didn't know there was such a thing as a cheesecake cup pan - I have to have one! This looks amazing and I will definitely have to try it some day!

  14. How pretty! Peanut butter and chocolate is a great combo. Wonderful choice!


  15. These are the cutest little things! I bet they taste really good too! Love most anything with peanut butter and chocolate!

  16. I LOVE the little cakes! CUTE! Thank you for being a part of the CRAZY COOKING CHALLENGE. Watch for upcoming details about the next years challenge.

  17. These really look spectacular. I'd love if you could link up to THURSDAY FOOD FEST (I'm still open). I hope to see you sometime! Sarah Http://www.theeaseoffreeze.com

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