Wholesome Wednesday: Black Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

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Recently, I saw these Individual Peanut Butter Cheesecakes and thought they’d be so much better with a chocolate crust.  I always want to pair peanut butter up with chocolate.  In my mind they always go together.  :)

So the only difference in this recipe is the crust.  I also halved the recipe.  Twelve cheesecakes seemed like a lot to me, when I only wanted a simple quick dessert.  Although next time I’m thinking less sugar and some honey in the cheesecake part too.  Another great addition would be either a chocolate ganache or a thick caramel on top of the crust.

Black Bottom Peanut Butter Cheesecakes

Crust:
3/4 cup Oreo cookie crumbs (or your fave chocolate cookie)
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Filling:
1 (8oz) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 12 count muffin tin with 6 liners.

In a medium bowl, mix together crust ingredients till combined.  Using a tablespoon, scoop a heaping tablespoon into the bottom of each cup.  Use the back of a spoon to press the crust down and also up the sides.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar till smooth.  Add vanilla and peanut butter.  Beat again until smooth.  Add flour; mix till smooth.  Then add egg and beat till smooth.

Scoop filling into cups, lightly smoothing tops.  Bake for 20 minutes or until centers are set.  If worried about cracking, add another pan with water to a lower oven shelf.  Cool to room temperature.  Refrigerate or serve warm.

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