REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE MINI CHEESECAKES

Earlier this week, I hosted a little birthday gathering for a beautiful friend who recently moved to England but is back home (yay for us!) for a few weeks.  And when I asked her what might “happen” to be one of her favorite desserts, she responded that she always loves cheesecakes, but then also really loves peanut butter and chocolate.  So I decided to bring together the best of both worlds and make these Reese’s mini cheesecakes!
REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE MINI CHEESECAKES

INGREDIENTS:
OREO COOKIE CRUST INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 cup finely-crumbled Oreo cookies
  2. 2 Tbsp. melted butter

PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS:

  1. 16 oz. (2 bricks) cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  3. 3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  4. 2 eggs, room temperature
  5. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

CHOCOLATE GANACHE INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  2. 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  3. 1 Tbsp. powdered sugar (or more)

TOPPING:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, crumbled

DIRECTIONS:
TO MAKE THE OREO COOKIE CRUST:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the finely-crumbled Oreo cookies and melted butter until blended. Press the mixture into your mini cheesecake pan (or other baking pan) in your desired thickness, press until flat, then bake for 5 minutes and remove. (**I placed 1/2 tablespoon of the crust into each mini cheesecake, and then patted it down with my spoon.**)