Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

For The Crust
4 1/2 cups crushed Oreo cookies
1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1/2 cup butter, melted

For The Filling
2 lbs cream cheese, softened
5 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter (not natural-style)
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 Reese's Peanut Butter cups, broken into small pieces

For The Topping
3 ounces sour cream
1/2 cup sugar

Pre-heat oven to 275ยบ
Combine crushed Oreo cookies and peanuts that have been ground in a food processor with the melted butter.
Pat the crust mixture onto bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.

Beat cream cheese in bowl of electric mixer until smooth.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add sugar, peanut butter and cream; mix until smooth.
Stir in vanilla, then fold in peanut butter cup pieces with a rubber spatula.
Pour filling into prepared crust.
Place spring form pan into a larger baking pan.
Pour hot water into the larger pan so that the water comes 1 inch up the sides of the spring form pan.
Bake at 275°F 1-1/2 hours, or until firm and lightly browned.

Combine the sour cream and sugar and spread on the cheesecake.
Return the cake to the oven for 5 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for one hour.
Run a knife along the edge of the cake to loosen it from the pan somewhat.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.