My friends went wild over this cheesecake recipe. Creamy, rich peanut butter cheesecake filled with crushed Butterfinger candy bars and topped with peanut butter drizzle. This is one incredibly indulgent dessert!
It’s the weekend and I want nothing but an indulgent, peanut butter, chocolate, stick-to-your-ribs, Oreo crusted slice of cheesecake. I actually want that everyday of the week, but fitting into my wedding dress is more important right now.
After quite the hectic week moving and trying to get settled, I am ready for a vacation. To add to our chaotic lives, we are taking a quick weekend road trip to visit Marie in Cleveland. I love taking summer road trips. Any Cleveland readers out there?
I made today’s seriously sweet cheesecake the day after I made my blueberry swirl cheesecake. I wanted to space the cheesecake recipes out on my blog so I don’t bombard you with cheesecake. Though I’m not really sure any of you would mind an overload of cheesecake. How many times did I just type cheesecake?
I really need a vacation.
This recipe is out of control. In the best way possible! A creamy, thick peanut butter cheesecake that actually tastes like peanut butter (more on that later), on top of an Oreo cookie crust, filled with crushed Butterfinger candy bars, topped with more Butterfingers candy bars, and a peanut butter drizzle. Not diet food.
Let’s discuss the creamy cheesecake filling real quick.
I tested a few filling recipes when I made this a couple weeks ago. My test recipes were all sweet, thick, and creamy – but they lacked a rich, peanut butter flavor. Don’t you just hate biting into a peanut butter dessert that lacks peanut butter flavor? I complained a lot about that in my peanut butter cupcake post.
I changed some things around, increased the peanut butter, decreased a few other ingredients, and all was right in the peanut butter cheesecake world. The end result is nothing short of fabulous. Be sure to use creamy, non-natural, non-homemade peanut butter here. I like Jif or Skippy. You’ll need 1/2 cup.
You’ll need a lot of Butterfinger candy bars. A dessert recipe calling for 12 fun size Butterfinger candy bars has to be a good one, right? Look at this mountain of Butterfinger love! My stomach is growling typing this.
I know what you’re thinking – why is my springform pan wrapped in aluminum foil?! Make sure you read my post about how to avoid cheesecake cracks.
You know what I love the most about this recipe? There is so much going on! Creamy and crunchy, sweet and salty, peanut butter and chocolate. Every single bite has something different. If you have dessert A.D.D. like I do, this recipe is for you.
When preparing this peanut butter butterfinger cheesecake, make sure you plan ahead because there are a few imperative stages. I’ve learned these past few years that you cannot rush cheesecake! First, it takes awhile to bake through. Second, it must sit in the oven after baking as the oven cools down – this is another trick to avoid cheesecake cracks. Then, once the cheesecake is room temperature, you must chill it. It’s a great make-ahead recipe.
Sounds like a lot of work for cheesecake, but trust me – it’s so worth it!
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Creamy, rich peanut butter cheesecake filled with crushed Butterfinger candy bars and topped with peanut butter drizzle. This is one incredibly indulgent dessert!
- 18 whole Oreos (Double Stuf or regular)*
- 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted
- 24 ounces (670g) full-fat cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (180g) full-fat sour cream (or full-fat yogurt), at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (125g) creamy peanut butter*
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 12 fun-size or 5 regular size Butterfinger candy bars, chopped
- optional: 1/4 cup melted peanut butter for drizzling
- Adjust oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Make the Oreo cookie crust: In a food processor or blender, pulse the whole Oreos (cream filling and cookie) into a fine crumb. Stir the cookie crumbs and melted butter together in a medium sized bowl. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and only slightly up the sides. The crust will be thick. Wrap aluminum foil on the bottom and tightly around the outside walls of the springform pan, as shown in photo above. Bake the crust for 7-8 minutes. Allow to slightly cool as you prepare the filling.
- Make the filling: Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl – about 3 full minutes until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the sour cream, peanut butter, and vanilla, beat until combined. On low speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until just blended. Do not overmix the filling after you have added the eggs. Using a rubber spatula or large wooden spoon, fold in 3/4 of your chopped Butterfingers. The rest will be for decorating the top of the finished cheesecake.
- Pour the filling into the cooled crust. Place the springform pan into a large roasting pan and place into the oven. Fill with about 1 inch of hot water. The foil wrapped around the pan will prevent water from leaking inside. Click here to read more about my cheesecake water bath.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the center is almost set.* Turn the oven off and open the door slightly. Let the cheesecake sit in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight (preferred).
- Loosen the cheesecake from the rim of the pan and remove the rim. Top with additional chopped Butterfingers and drizzle with melted peanut butter. Cut into slices and serve chilled.Cover leftover cheesecake and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
- Freezing Instructions: You can easily freeze this cheesecake for up to 2 months. Cover tightly and freeze. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
- Oreos: Try using peanut butter Oreos in the crust. Yum!
- Peanut Butter: Do not use natural or homemade peanut butter. You need thick, creamy peanut butter like Jif , Skippy, or similar.
- Avoid overbaking the cheesecake. When the cheesecake is done, there will still be a 2 or 3 inch wobbly spot in the center; the texture will smooth out as it cools.
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