Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Cookie Crust

I have a long-standing love of cheesecake. It started in my childhood with cheesecake from a box and grew from there. It was usually my go-to dessert choice when we went out. Then, I realized how simple they are to make, and now I love them even even more.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is celebrating Easter this year with Bring Out the Silver, a virtual recipe swap among selected food bloggers who are bringing out the silver by baking cheesecakes using Philadelphia Cream Cheese in its unmistakable silver package. When they asked me to be part of that campaign, I knew that I couldn’t pass up that chance to celebrate with one of my favorite baking ingredients.

Before we get to my cheesecakes, let’s talk a little about Philadelphia Cream Cheese and why I like it. Having been around since 1872, they definitely know what they’re doing. Their cream cheese is made in Wisconsin and New York using fresh milk from local dairy farmers. Their standard is that the milk is made into cream cheese within 6 days, ensuring a fresh product. I also like their use of other real ingredients and their limited use of preservatives. In fact, the brick cream cheese I use for cheesecakes has no preservatives.

If you’re intimidated by making cheesecakes, please don’t be. They’re really not hard to make at all. Just a handful of ingredients can be mixed together quickly to make an amazing cheesecake. The most common problem is really just an aesthetic one – cracking. You can try to prevent it by not overmixing the batter, keeping the oven door closed for the entire baking cycle, and running a knife around the edges after baking to loosen it from the pan.

Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Cookie Crust are a delicious celebration of that favorite flavor combination - chocolate and peanut butter!

I brought out the silver for these luscious little cheesecakes. A dark chocolate cookie crust is topped off with a sweet, creamy peanut butter filling. For a little something extra, I garnished them with a mixture of chopped chocolate and roasted peanuts.

I love peanut butter and chocolate pretty much on par with how much I love cheesecake. So, these little beauties are a big winner with me.

Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Cookie Crust are sweet, nutty, bite-size desserts with big chocolate and peanut butter flavor.

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Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 12 mini cheesecakes

Peanut Butter Mini Cheesecakes with Chocolate Cookie Crust

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs*
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For the filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk chocolate chips, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon roasted peanuts, finely chopped

Instructions

To make the crust:

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 12-cavity mini cheesecake pan.**

Mix cookie crumbs and butter until well blended. Press about a tablespoonful of mixture into the bottom of each cavity.

Bake 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

To make the filling:

Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese, sugar, and peanut butter until combined. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until blended.

Top each crust with about 2 tablespoons of filling. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until set.

Cool in pan for 1 hour. Remove from pan, cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Before serving, sprinkle a mixture of chopped milk chocolate chips and peanuts on top of each cheesecake.

Notes

*I used Nabisco Chocolate Wafers and ground them in a food processor. For 1 cup, you'll need about 20 cookies.

**A mini cheesecake pan works very well for these. You can also use mini muffin pans, but I would suggest lining them with paper liners.

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75 Comments

  1. Holly March 20, 2013 Reply

    I like to use it in my pierogi dough! It’s the best….

  2. Wendy March 20, 2013 Reply

    These mini cheesecakes look luscious! Everyone’s favorite flavors in one dessert. :) The little size makes them so easy to serve. I love to include cheese cake on a buffet but no one wants to slice cake for themselves. This is perfect. Thanks.

  3. Naomi March 20, 2013 Reply

    These little cheese cakes looks so tasty, and the perfect size, i wish i could eat peanuts! I might have to try and make them with cashew butter instead.

  4. Susana I. March 20, 2013 Reply

    I use it for cheesecakes, pasta (a sauce with cream cheese, tomatoes and shrimps) and plain for bread or crackers :)

  5. Joanna H. March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love making cheesecake and definitely cream cheese buttercream frosting with it!!

  6. dena March 20, 2013 Reply

    I like cream cheese two ways, as a shmear on my bagel, and in a cheesecake.

  7. Marcia March 20, 2013 Reply

    I make cheesecakes frequently for my family and for others. I wouldn’t use any other brand! Philly is the best!

  8. Anne March 20, 2013 Reply

    I usually use Philly on bagels, but I also cook with it. I’ve learned that a bit of cream cheese adds a lovely smoothness to sauces, and it’s great in baked goods like cookies or coffeecake.

  9. Mishelle March 20, 2013 Reply

    I like to use it to make Sex-In-A-Pan, which is fantabulous!! I like mine with a brownie bottom though some like the buttery shortbread type of bottom to it better. I’m a bit of a chocoholic though. :-)

    M

  10. Mimi March 20, 2013 Reply

    I like to use it in my bagels :)

  11. Erin March 20, 2013 Reply

    In nacho dip!

  12. Fran March 20, 2013 Reply

    Love it on a toasted bagel… perfection!

  13. Sue March 20, 2013 Reply

    I most recently used Philadelphia cream cheese in a brocomole recipe.

  14. bridget March 20, 2013 Reply

    on a toasted bagel with bacon and fresh chopped jalapeno

  15. Natalie S March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love adding cream cheese to my mashed potatoes!

  16. Kate @ Only Cake Pops March 20, 2013 Reply

    Interesting to see how Philadelphia have picked up on this, and now run commercials featuring mini-recipes showing the versatility of their product. It used to be just marketed as a low-calorie biscuit accompaniment.

  17. Mel March 20, 2013 Reply

    Mashed potatoes!

  18. Marcie March 20, 2013 Reply

    Mini cheesecakes are my favorite kind of cheesecakes. The peanut butter and chocolate goes right up to the top of the list! Can’t wait to try these!

  19. Melissa C. March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love to eat it with habanero pineapple jelly.

  20. Seyma Shabbir March 20, 2013 Reply

    In cheesecake or spread on bread with jam

  21. Michelle March 20, 2013 Reply

    Mostly on bagels! Otherwise, in a cheesecake or in my favorite trifle recipe.

  22. Shanna March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love cream cheese on any kind of bagel and frosting!

  23. Stephanie S March 20, 2013 Reply

    I use cream cheese in lots of ways because I love the tang. And as a kid my mom used to make me cream cheese and jelly sandwiches instead of peanut butter, best ever! So favorite is for tasty sandwiches and on bagels, but I use it for frosting and sauces and dips too.

  24. Daniela S. March 20, 2013 Reply

    I add about 1-2 Tbsp of cream cheese to my bowl of hot (anytype) soup to make it creamy. Also I love it on toast with jam.

  25. I love using it to make a skinnier alfredo sauce! But I also love cream cheese in almost any recipe.

  26. Meredith March 20, 2013 Reply

    Ive would make a yummy spinach cheesy artichoke dip!!

  27. Brittany March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love to use cream cheese in so many different things, but I think my favorite is cream cheese icing!

  28. Patricia M. March 20, 2013 Reply

    Who doesn’t love cream cheese?

  29. Beth March 20, 2013 Reply

    These look so yum and since they are bite sized, they shouldnt completely wreck the diet.

  30. Corisa March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love to simply spread it on my bagels ! Of course !

  31. Terri March 20, 2013 Reply

    I like using it in my cooking and making desserts.

  32. Teresa Alcántara March 20, 2013 Reply

    Cheesecake? Yes, please. Minicheesecake? Yes, indeed. Nothing else.

  33. April V March 20, 2013 Reply

    My favorite thing to make is a big cheesecake!!

  34. Beth L March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love to use it in dips!!

  35. JEP March 20, 2013 Reply

    Your mini peanut butter cheesecakes may be my new favorite recipe from your blog! Love the mini-sized portion control! I use cream cheese most often in frostings.

  36. Robin M March 20, 2013 Reply

    There are so many ways in which to use cream cheese and I would not mind learning some more.

  37. corinne March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love to make cheesecakes, but I used some in a GF pie crust recently as well

  38. Caley March 20, 2013 Reply

    I am a cheesecake fiend, so that’s my main use, but I also love bagels and cream cheese.

  39. Renee Brown March 20, 2013 Reply

    I do a mini banana pudding cheesecake for a lot of events (southern events). I normaly use vanila wafers but I tried them with golden oreos the last time and they were great….Wouldnt it be great if Phila made a banana creamcheese…

  40. Dora March 20, 2013 Reply

    I like using it to make sauces creamy, in baking, and straight from the box :)

  41. Juliana Walters March 20, 2013 Reply

    Cream cheese is the staff of life!

  42. Holiday Baker Man March 20, 2013 Reply

    Peanut butter makes everything better!

  43. Brittany B. March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love using cream cheese mixed with a packet of taco seasoning and spread onto tortillas which are then rolled and sliced…tortilla roll-ups…a party favorite!

  44. Karly March 20, 2013 Reply

    Chocolate and peanut butter is my love language. Love this!

  45. Ellie Delancey March 20, 2013 Reply

    I love to use cream cheese in a frosting for cupcakes. Cream cheese frosting is the best!

  46. I love, love love these cheesecakes. OMG I’d eat all of them!

  47. Lyn L. March 20, 2013 Reply

    Oh my, there are so many ways to use cream cheese. I absolutely love cheesecake & also cream cheese frosting. Those are my favorites. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  48. Linn March 20, 2013 Reply

    Cheesecake and cream cheese frosting!!! :)

  49. Phyllis March 20, 2013 Reply

    I use cream cheese in frosting.

  50. Cindy B. March 21, 2013 Reply

    I love using it in dips and making cream cheese frosting!

  51. Sean March 21, 2013 Reply

    I love it on BAGELS!

  52. Alina March 21, 2013 Reply

    my favorite way to use it is when i make cheesecake.

  53. Winston March 21, 2013 Reply

    I do love cheesecake. Tend to over mix them, though, and they crack. But they still taste great.

  54. I’d totally make mini cheesecakes too. Yum!

  55. Kathy March 21, 2013 Reply

    These look delicious! I’ve never had a peanut butter cheesecake. Sounds like I need to fix that! I like to use my cream cheese with pasta!

  56. Louis March 21, 2013 Reply

    I like to make a smoked salmon spread with cream cheese.

  57. Meryl March 21, 2013 Reply

    Dark chocolate cheesecake!

  58. natalie @ wee eats March 21, 2013 Reply

    I love cream cheese added to poundcake

  59. Jennie March 21, 2013 Reply

    I love it in my Frank’s Dip!

  60. Marie March 21, 2013 Reply

    I love using it in my quiche crust, makes it sooooo good!

  61. I use it in my husband’s favorite dessert…. 4-Layer Pudding Dessert. Yum!!! That or my “healthy” alfredo sauce with 1/3 less fat cream cheese.

  62. Dru @ Teenage Cakeland March 21, 2013 Reply

    These are soo cute! Ive never made peanut butter cheesecake, but I really want to! My favorite thing to do with cream cheese is to make gooey butter cake, and of course, cheesecake :) I recently made an Irish Creamer cheesecake (recipe from Crazy for Crust) and it was a dream!

  63. Stacey March 22, 2013 Reply

    I love to make Mini cheesecakes, chocolate is especially my favorite.

  64. MaryB March 22, 2013 Reply

    I love using it in banana bread and it is great to put a few dollops in homemade tomato soup.

  65. Mayra March 22, 2013 Reply

    Love using it to bake cream cheese pound cake

  66. D Schmidt March 22, 2013 Reply

    I like to use it in buffalo chicken dip

  67. Natalie J Vandenberghe March 23, 2013 Reply

    I love Philly Cream Cheese on bagels! I just made a pie with Biscoff Spread and Philadelphia Cream Cheese and it was delicious! I also use if in my cheesecakes and appetizers. Thanks for the giveaway! oh, I also like Philly on sandwiches–especially turkey with cranberry sauce.

  68. Gabrielle March 23, 2013 Reply

    These look ridiculously delicious. I just found your site; can’t wait to explore more recipes!

  69. Gabrielle March 23, 2013 Reply

    As a sidenote: cream cheese is one of my favorite foods on the planet. I love cream cheese and jam on toast.

  70. Liz@HoosierHomemade March 23, 2013 Reply

    Love chocolate and peanut butter together! Delish!
    ~Liz@HoosierHomemade

  71. Amy L March 23, 2013 Reply

    I like to make New York Style Cheesecake with cream cheese, and cheeseballs with various add-ins, such as pineapple, bell pepper, and almonds or chipped beef, worcestershire, and scallions.

  72. Deirdre March 23, 2013 Reply

    I love to use cream cheese in baked crab rangoons. Thanks for the chance to win.

  73. LB March 23, 2013 Reply

    Cream Cheese Frosting :D

  74. laura ari March 26, 2013 Reply

    In buffalo wing dip. Yum.

  75. Rebecca Orr March 26, 2013 Reply

    Cream cheese frosting for homemade carrot cake. Or slathered on a fresh, warm salt bagel. So delicious.

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