Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bites

This recipe has been on my to-make list for a long time, but I have never gotten around to it. I think it was totally worth the wait once I finally did it!

These are cheesecake cupcakes with a mini Reece's PB cup hidden inside. The recipe came from a co-worker's wife, so I don't know the original source - recipe posted below.

The crust is a simple graham cracker crust - graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar.


A mini pb cup goes on top of the crust.


The each cupcake tin is filled with the cheesecake batter.


After baking in the oven, you have a little cheesecake cupcake with a surprise inside!

Recipe: 

Crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
4 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 pkg of bite-sized Reese's peanut butter cups

Filling:
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 350F. Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of a standard muffin pan. (The recipe originally says that it will only yield 12 cakes, however, I made 18, so if you've got two muffin pans, fill both.)

Crust prep:
In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until crumbs are moistened. Press crust into bottom of each muffin cup. Put 1 peanut butter cup into the center of each crust.

Filling prep:
Beat cream cheese with a hand held electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar, flour and vanilla, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Spoon cream cheese mixture over peanut butter cups and graham cracker crusts. Bake until just set, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving. Even better after being refrigerated!

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