You never knew peanut butter could be this creamy and dreamy until you've had a bite of this REESE'S Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe! This yummy cheesecake recipe is made with smooth REESE'S Creamy Peanut Butter and REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups all mixed into a sweet cream cheese mixture. Make this REESE'S Peanut Butter Cheesecake recipe for a dinner party or bake some to have on hand for a midnight snack. For more peanut butter, chocolate and cheesecake goodness, try making this layered and delicious recipe for Three Layer Cheesecake Squares.
Heat oven to 325°F. Prepare Cookie Crust. Remove wrappers from peanut butter cups. Coarsely chop peanut butter cups; set aside.
Beat cream cheese in large mixer bowl until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in brown sugar, peanut butter, cream and vanilla, beating until well blended. Gently fold in reserved chopped peanut butter cup pieces. Pour batter into prepared crust.
Place filled springform pan in larger pan with 2-inch sides. Carefully add about 1 inch hot water to larger pan. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes or until cheesecake is just set. Leave cheesecake and pan in oven; turn off oven. After 1 hour, move cheesecake to wire rack. Loosen cheesecake from side of pan with knife or metal spatula. Cool completely. Refrigerate several hours or until chilled.
Remove sides of springform pan; place cheesecake on serving platter. Prepare Ganach Topping; pour over top of cheesecake, allowing it to drip down sides. Sprinkle mini peanut butter cups over top of cheesecake. Cover; refrigerate leftover cheesecake.
Cookie Crust: Heat oven to 325°F. Tightly wrap bottom and sides of 9-inch springform pan with double layer of foil so that water cannot leak into crust. Place 30 chocolate sandwich cookies in bowl of food processor; process until fine crumbs are formed. Add 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter and a dash of salt; process until combined. Press mixture on bottom and halfway up sides of prepared springform pan. Bake 10 to 12 minutes; cool completely.
Ganache Topping: Heat 1/2 cup heavy cream until very hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat; add 1 cup HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. Allow to sit several minutes; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.
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