Peanut Butter Buckeye Cheesecake

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Peanut Butter Buckeye Cheesecake

You guys. This cheesecake. I like my desserts rich and sweet, but this Peanut Butter Buckeye Cheesecake is over-the-top amazing.

This cheesecake has been in my dreams for quite a few months now, but this is one of those decadent desserts that I can’t fix for just my family to eat. Because among the five of us, we could definitely put this whole cheesecake pie down in a day or so. Which would be like a slice of heaven. But then we’d have a cheesecake hangover and feel miserable for indulging (OK….overindulging). We made that mistake when making the dessert you’ll find over here. Cheesecake hangovers are not a fun place to be.

Last week it was our turn to bring desserts to our small group that meets on Sunday night. I knew this would be the ideal time break out the springform pan and make this special chocolate and peanut butter dessert. Sharing this among 20-some friends is much better than me eating the majority of the cheesecake myself.

We live in the great state of Ohio, which means OSU Buckeye football. I don’t consider myself a huge fan of football, but if there was any state to live in for football, Ohio would be it. After all, celebrating the Buckeyes means getting to eat the famous chocolate and peanut butter buckeye treats. Football season is the perfect time to create this cheesecake. Wouldn’t this make a great addition to your football party?

Don’t be scared off by making cheesecakes. If you follow the directions carefully, you shouldn’t have any problems. I love making cheesecakes because they really are easy to mix up. The Oreo crust takes about 5 minutes to throw together and press in the bottom of a springform pan. The peanut butter cheesecake takes another 5 minutes or so. Even the chocolate ganache frosting on top is quick.

I bake our cheesecakes in a hot water bath. Head over to our red velvet cheesecake recipe to read exactly how and why I do this. Again, it sounds intimidating, but if you can follow directions, you shouldn’t have any problems.

The hardest part of making a cheesecake is waiting while it bakes. This needs to be in the oven for about an hour . A long time to bake, yes, but so worth it.

Cheesecake Toppings

Now this cheesecake has a complete wow-factor in taste. Unfortunately technology hasn’t advanced far enough for you to taste through the screen. I wanted your eyes to widen and to hear you say “wow” when you looked at this dessert. Decorating the top with our homemade peanut butter frosting and some homemade buckeyes (recipe here) totally made this cheesecake, don’t you think? If you don’t want to add the extra peanut butter frosting and candies on top, just let the chocolate ganache drip down the sides a bit for a very classy, simple, yet gorgeous cheesecake.

Tools Needed to Make Cheesecake

- Springform Pan: Always watch for what size springform pan to use in each recipe. This recipe calls for a 10” pan.

- Large Cake Pan: Water baths are important for the perfect cheesecake texture. This large pan will fit a 10” springform pan.