Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes {with a caramel drizzle}

So, here’s the deal.

The Tall Boy is out of town for a few days this week for work…which means that Doodle and I are totally eating pancakes for dinner while lounging around in our pajamas and watching “Chopped” on Food Network.

Does anyone else watch this show? Doodle loves it, although I think the main reason is because the first episode he saw required the use of a hot dog in the appetizer.

I love it because I’m constantly amazed at the dishes people can create under ridiculously crazy time-constraints.  Me, I’d fold under the pressure like like a lawn chair.  Oh, give me a few weeks, and I might be able to come up with some fabulous creation…but given 30 minutes to create an entree using octopus, dandelion greens, aged gouda, and sour trahana, and you’re likely to find me searching for the red wine.  To drink, not to use in the dish.  Because seriously–who uses dandelion greens in anything?  Clearly people waaaaaaaaaay more sophisticated than me.

Anyway, when the Easter Bunny I was out shopping for individually wrapped candies to stuff inside the plastic eggs, he I decided to purchase candies that could be used to make something else after the holiday.  Doodle certainly doesn’t need entire bags of candy, and if it’s sitting around my house, we all know who is going to eat it (hint: me).

If I add it to baked goods, then I can pawn if off on someone else.

And, since I’m a super good wife, I decided to use the Reese’s Peanut Butter cups to make mini-cheesecakes.  Because the Tall Boy really only likes two kinds of desserts: apple pie and cheesecake.

Except…I ate all of these before he left on his trip.

I know, I’m terrible. But in my defense, he doesn’t really care for desserts that much, anyway.

And, can you blame me? =)

Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes {with a caramel drizzle}
For the crust:
  • 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 12 bite-size peanut butter cups
For the filling:
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a paper cupcake liner in each cup of a standard muffin pan.
  2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter in a large bowl, until crumbs are moistened. Press crust into bottom of each muffin cup. Put 1 peanut butter cup into the center of each crust.
  3. Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar, flour, and vanilla, beating well.
  4. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Spoon cream cheese mixture over peanut butter cups and graham cracker crusts.
  6. Bake until just set, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely then top with whipped cream and caramel, if desired.
barely adapted from Paula Deen

Have a great Wednesday!

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  1. Perfection!

  2. This looks like a GIANT YUMMMMM to me. And we know who at my house LOVES peanut butter. Probably the perfect dessert to spoil him with. (except I would probably eat them all)

  3. I’m with Shirley. I would probably eat them all too. These sound GREAT. I think I will make them this weekend.

  4. these look awesome! + i love love love Chopped. coincidentally, my husband is away this evening, too – wish you were closer so we could watch Chopped + eat a couple of these!
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  5. *Drool* These look absolutely fantastic. And I love chopped. My daughter prefers Cupcake Wars. We watch it together and then she goes on and on about what kind of cupcakes I should make.
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    • Hee, that is so cute! We watch Cupcake Wars, too, and then my son comes up with some wild ideas on what we should make–he’s actually pretty creative. Maybe I should give some of his ideas a try. =)

  6. THESE. ARE. FANTASTIC!!! I am literally drooling over the last picture–btw, all your pictures are AMAZING but the last one is truly the “wow!” picture… and the picture that instantly kicked in my craving for PB and cheesecake like NOW.
    It’s so cute that Doodle loves watching Chopped with you–such a serious show for such a cute little kid. I’m sure half of it is spending time with you eating pancakes, because watching TV with my mom is STILL more fun than watching TV alone, in my opinion. Especially when these are involved.
    Also, if I make these for my boyfriend, he’ll probably leave me for you. Just sayin’. So if a goofy computer nerd comes a-knockin’ at your door soon, he wants some of these like NOW.
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  7. You are too funny. But thanks for the nice comments on the pics! You and Jessie should make a trip to Kansas and I make some of these for ya, and we’ll drink Midori sours on the deck!

  8. Those look amazing! I have the same issue with the leftover candy-in fact I just polished off some mini eggs -whoops! Thanks for adding your recipe to Whip It Up Wednesday!
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  9. Wow, these are mouthwatering Ashley! What a fun little sweet treat for spring. These wouldn’t last long in my house, though! 🙂

  10. Cheesecake + peanut butter + caramel!?!? These sound incredible and look amazing (love the photos!)! I have been craving cheesecake. I can hardly wait to try them!!
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  11. Your pictures are stunning! And so is that dessert! I can’t believe you don’t have a DSL camera. I would never have known. I don’t have a DSL either, and dream of having one…someday. But you made me rethink that whole idea! Gorgeous!
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  12. You had me at cheesecake…and then you went and stuffed a peanut butter cup inside! I am loving it!!!!! Sure wish I was closer because I would come keep you company…and eat your cheesecakes;-) Food Network is awesome for so many reasons!!!!
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  13. Oh my – I definitely need one of these baby boys now. It’s 10:00PM and I am currently on a diet but I might have to take a break from it for a while so I can make these!
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  14. I’ve made these before and LOVED them. But mine didn’t look nearly as pretty as yours…your photos are sooo mouthwatering!
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  15. I don’t know what looks more amazing: the candy stuffed cheesecake or the caramel top! Tempting, tempting!
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  16. How did I miss these last week? Super yummy! Saw them over at crumbs and chaos featured on seasonal inspirations and had to come take a looksie!

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