So yesterday was my good friend Rebecca's birthday and I was in the mood to bake (shocker, I know). I asked her if she had any requests, or flavor favorites (or flavorites?) and she mentioned something chocolate or peanut butter or coffee (which she said in jest since she knows I dislike all things coffee). So I said, Challenge Accepted!
I began to think of some ideas that included both chocolate and peanut butter...maybe cookies, maybe cupcakes and then I remembered these individual Oreo turtle cheesecakes I had made a few weeks ago, that were incredible. I only needed to make some modifications and we'd have our something chocolate and something peanut butter! The other reason I liked this idea is because this recipe is super easy to put together and I already had all the ingredients - so no special trip to the grocery store!
The concept is this: use a whole Oreo cookie as your crust, quickly whip up your filling, add your toppings and bake for 15 minutes. That's it!
So let's get started. First, gather all the ingredients. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners and place a whole Oreo in the bottom of each liner.
Then you mix your filling ingredients all up in a bowl. The batter will be pretty thick.
Scoop the filling on top of each Oreo - once again, I used my trusty #40 scoop to portion out the filling. You may need to press down the filling a bit to get it to spread completely over the cookie.
For the topping, I chose mini Reese's peanut butter cups (no unwrapping of foils!) and chopped them up into pieces. And since these were for Rebecca's birthday, I added some chocolate sprinkles to make them extra festive and made a special rainbow sprinkled one for the birthday girl.
Then it was into the oven for these guys for 15 minutes at 325. Then just let them cool and then refrigerate until chilled. When I served them at the party, I added a little sea salt caramel sauce drizzle to give them that little somethin' somethin'. And they were a hit! The birthday girl loved them and she lived happily ever after (or something like that)!
Here's the full recipe:
PEANUT BUTTER OREO CHEESECAKES
- 12 Oreo cookies
- 1 8-oz package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter, smooth
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
- 1/4 cup caramel sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 325. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners and place one Oreo in the bottom of each tin. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, egg, sugar, peanut butter and vanilla until blended and smooth. Scoop out cheesecake filling across the cookies evenly. Sprinkle chopped peanut butter cups over each cheesecake. Bake in oven for 15 minutes or until cheesecakes are set. Bring to room temperature. Unwrap cheesecakes from their paper linings and refrigerate until chilled. When ready to serve, arrange on a plate and drizzle caramel sauce over the top.
Yields 12 individual cheesecakes.
Note: To make the original Oreo Turtle Cheesecakes, omit the peanut butter in the batter. Before baking, sprinkle chopped toasted pecans and mini chocolate chips over each cheesecake. Before serving, drizzle caramel sauce over top.