Saturday, September 1, 2007

Reese Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Sometimes, 1500 calories consumed in 10 minutes is worth it.

This cheesecake is extremely decadent. And extremely tasty. This is the only time that I've ventured away from my typical cheesecake recipe. And I'd say I was pretty successful. I first saw the recipe here and it looked delicious! So, I decided to make this for Chad's Birthday cake. He told me that his grandma always made him a cheesecake for his birthday, so I decided this was a perfect opportunity to to bake a different cheesecake!

So, first off, this cheesecake has 4 blocks of cream cheese. And did you know that a block of cream cheese has 800 calories? Yeah, neither did I. Shocking and very disappointing.

I made a few changes, so mine doesn't have QUITE that many calories. For one, I omitted the topping and I also only used about half of the batter (the other half is frozen in the freezer). I also used half and half instead of whipping cream. And I omitted the peanuts in the crust and only used a half stick of butter. I'm not crazy about the oreo crust, I'd prefer just a graham cracker crust (and that would save a few calories, too). So next time, regular graham cracker crust for me. I felt like the oreos got a little burned... they tasted coffee-like.

So, here is the recipe. Save it for a special occasion, but its definitely worth trying. (and incidentally, I only ate a sliver of this cake and it took all the willpower I had to keep from eating more than that).