Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Mini Cheesecakes

Just last week I needed to make dessert for 50 people, anything I wanted and no restrictions. I immediately thought of making these mini cheesecakes. I have made them several times, and they are always a big hit! But I wanted to top them with something that was delicious and would be loved by everyone. I walked around the grocery and I came across these mini Reese Pieces. The colors were perfect, and everybody likes chocolate and peanut butter. So these Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Mini Cheesecakes were the result! Each cheesecake is stuffed full of mini Reese Cup pieces and drizzled with chocolate sauce and peanut butter sauce, then topped with those mini Reese Pieces that started it all!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Stuffed Mini Cheesecakes
 (printable recipe)
Makes 12 cheesecakes

3/4 cup crushed Pretzels
1/4 cup Melted Butter
12 oz. block Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 1/2 teaspoons Cornstarch
2 Eggs
1 Egg Yolk
1/8 cup Vanilla flavored Syrup
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
24 mini Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Milk Chocolate Blocks
Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter 
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
4 tablespoons Milk
Reese's Mini Pieces

Crush the pretzels using a food processor or put pretzels in a bag and crush by using a rolling pin.
Pour crushed pretzels in a bowl and mix in the butter.
Place 1 tablespoon of crushed pretzel into each cavity. Press down until it is smooth and level. A note about this pan: I bought this pan at a craft store. The bottom of each cavity is a removable disk, making it easy to remove the cheesecakes once they are baked. 
Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, heavy whipping cream, cornstarch, eggs, egg yolk, syrup and extract with a mixer.  Beat until smooth. 
Cut the mini Reese Cups in half. Place 4 halves into each cup of cheesecake batter. Push down so they are fully immersed. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check to see if they are done by using a toothpick.  When done, remove from oven and use a toothpick to go around the edges of each toothpick. Cool completely. Go around edges to loosen them again. Pop up from the bottom of the pan, and place on a plate or on something you can refrigerate.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Heat the heavy whipping cream in a microwave or in a small pot on the stove, to a warm heat. Add the heavy whipping cream to the melted chocolate, and whisk together until the chocolate is a drizzle consistency. Set aside, keeping it warm.
In a small bowl, mix together the peanut butter, powdered sugar, and milk. If needed, add more milk until a drizzle consistency is achieved.  

Drizzle each cheesecake with peanut butter drizzle and chocolate drizzle. Top with Reese's mini pieces. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. 
 Thanks for joining me today! 

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