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Cheesecake ( Reese's Peanut Butter Cup ) Recipe


1 c Chocolate wafer cookies
1/2 c Roasted unsalted peanuts;
-coarsely chopped
1/4 c Unsalted butter, melted
2 tb Brown sugar, firmly packed
1 pn Salt

32 oz Cream cheese at room temp
1 1/2 c Brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 c Creamy peanut butter; do not
-use old-fashioned or
-freshly ground
1 ts Vanilla extract
4 lg Eggs
1/4 c Whipping cream
2 1/2 c Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
-(ab. 10 oz) 3/4 inch pieces

2 c Sour cream
1/4 c Sugar
1 ts Vanilla extract

CRUST: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350~. Butter 9
inch springform pan with 2 3/4 inch sides. Mix chocolate cookie
crumbs, chopped peanuts, melted butter, brown sugar and pinch of salt
in bowl until well combined. Press mixture evenly onto bottom and 1/2
inch up sides of pan. Bake until crust is set, about 8 min. Cool in
pan on rack. Reduce oven temperature to 325~.

FILLING: Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and brown sugar in
large bowl until smooth. Add peanut butter and vanilla extract and
beat just until blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until
blended after each addition. Add whipping cream and beat until
smooth. Stir in peanut butter cup pieces. Pour filling into crust.
Bake until sides of cake are set but center still moves slightly,
about 55 minutes. Cool cake in pan on rack 10 min.

TOPPING: Blend sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract in medium bowl.
Carefully spoon topping over cheesecake. Return cheesecake to oven and
bake for 5 minutes. Cool cheesecake in pan on rack. Run small sharp
knife around edge of cheesecake to loosen. Cover and refrigerate
overnight.(This can be prepared up to 3 days ahead. Keep
refrigerated.) Release pan sides. Let stand 20 minutes at room
temperature before serving.