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Mini Peanut Butter Pretzel Cheesecakes

Peanut butter cheesecake with a pretzel-graham cracker crust topped with melted dark chocolate and chopped peanut butter cups. Rich, creamy, sweet yet salty, it's a dessert that's hard to tire of!

Course Dessert
Servings 20 mini cheesecakes
Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

Pretzel-Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 cup roughly ground salted mini pretzels
  • 1 cup ground graham crackers
  • 1 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Peanut Butter Cheesecake:

  • 16 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter*
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream

Toppings:

  • 4 oz dark chocolate, chopped, melted
  • leftover pretzel-graham cracker crust
  • mini peanut butter cups, as needed

Instructions

  1. Pretzel-Graham Cracker Crust: In a food processor, pulse together pretzels and graham cracker until ground. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add sugar and melted butter.  Fold to combine until cracker crumbs are moistened. Divide among mini cheesecake molds, using a rounded tablespoon of crust for each cheesecake. Use a tamper or cocktail muddler to pack crust into mold. Reserve any leftover crust. Set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 325° F.

  3. Peanut Butter Cheesecake: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sour cream on low speed until smooth. Slowly add sugar while the machine is running on low.  Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing. Add vanilla, peanut butter, and heavy cream. Mix until smooth and well combined. Evenly divide cheesecake filling among molds. Smooth tops.

  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Cheesecake may puff up slightly during baking, but will flatten once cooled.  Let baked cheesecake cool to room temperature in pan.  Transfer to fridge and let chill for at least 1 hour.

  5. Assembly:  Once cheesecakes are chilled throughout, remove mini cheesecakes from mold.  Spoon about 1 ½ Tbsp of melted chocolate over cheesecake.  Sprinkle leftover crust over chocolate.  Top cheesecake with chopped mini peanut butter cups.  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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