Sunday, February 20, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Did you all watch Studio 5 a week or so ago? They made this cheesecake and I just had to try it! I'm so glad I did. It's amazing and very rich. You should definitely serve it in small slices.

1 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies
4 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk chocolate, divided
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I thought that couldn't possibly be enough so I made it 2/3 cup, delicious!)
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350.
Press Oreo's into the bottom of a 10-inch spring-form pan. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool on wire rack while preparing cake.
Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Divide batter equally between two bowls.
Melt 1 cup chocolate chips; stir into 1/2 of the cheesecake batter and pour batter into prepared crust. Microwave peanut butter until soft, about 45-60 seconds, and add to remaining batter and pour/spread on top of your chocolate layer.
Bake for 60-65 minutes or until center is almost set.
Cool on wire rack for an hour or so. Carefully run a knife around the sides of the pan and remove from pan. Place remaining chocolate chips in a bowl; bring cream to a boil in the microwave and pour over chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 5 minutes. Stir chips until completely smooth. Let sit to thicken a little then pour over cake. Use the back of a spoon to help it drip over the edges. Refrigerate overnight.

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