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Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecakes

It’s National Cheesecake Day! Woot, woot! This is one that I can’t let pass quietly. So I decided to share one of my favorite cheesecake recipes from Miss Paula Deen: Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecakes. 

Mini cheesecakes with a fun little surprise inside: a mini peanut butter cup! Such a great idea for an easy dessert!

These are so, so delicious, and really easy to make. Because they’re baked in a muffin tin, there’s no water bath necessary {the few times I’ve used a water bath to make a cheesecake, the outcome was not pretty. Soggy cheesecake is no one’s friend.}, and because they’re mini, they cook in less than a half hour!

Mini cheesecakes with a fun little surprise inside: a mini peanut butter cup! Such a great idea for an easy dessert!

They’re also adorable, because they’re mini. My husband makes fun of me all of the time for one of my favorite sayings, which is: “They’re fun ’cause they’re little.” I mean, everything is more fun in a mini version, wouldn’t you say? Perhaps with the exception of men’s bathing suits and beer. But pretty much anything else.

Mini cheesecakes with a fun little surprise inside: a mini peanut butter cup! Such a great idea for an easy dessert!

Plus, they have a super fun little surprise baked inside: a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup! Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Mini cheesecakes with a fun little surprise inside: a mini peanut butter cup! Such a great idea for an easy dessert!

While I followed Paula Deen’s recipe pretty closely, I did make a few little changes. I added an additional tablespoon of butter into the crust {almost certain that this is the first time anyone actually ADDED butter to a Paula Deen recipe} and used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract.

Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cheesecakes
Yields 12
Mini cheesecakes with a fun little surprise baked inside: a Reese's peanut butter cup!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
For crust
  1. 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  2. 4 Tbsp sugar
  3. 5 Tbsp butter, melted
  4. 12 bite-size peanut butter cups, unwrapped
For filling
  1. 2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  2. 1 c sugar
  3. 1/4 c all-purpose flour
  4. 1 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  5. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a cupcake wrapper in each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. 2. In a food processor, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter until crumbs are moistened. Place approximately one tablespoon of crumbs into each cupcake wrapper and press down. {The bottom of a juice glass works perfectly for this!} Place a peanut butter cup in the center of each crust.
  3. 3. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add sugar, flour, and vanilla bean paste and mix thoroughly. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Spoon cream cheese mixture over peanut butter cups and graham cracker crusts, making sure the peanut butter cup is completely covered. Tap muffin tin on counter to flatten out top and get rid of bubbles. Bake until just set, about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.
Adapted from Paula Deen
Adapted from Paula Deen
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These are so perfect for a party or a pot-luck, since they’re easy to eat and require no plate or fork! {I love food that you can just shove right into your mouth, it’s awesome.}

Mini cheesecakes with a fun little surprise inside: a mini peanut butter cup! Such a great idea for an easy dessert!

 

Looking for more cheesecake deliciousness? Don’t miss these: 

Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Bites -- light, delicious and easy to make in minutes!Raspberry Lemon Cheesecake Bites

 

Mini Dulce de Leche cheesecakes made with the Nestle Dulce de Leche Cheesecake baking kit. #PerfectPie #shopMini Dulce de Leche Cheesecakes

 

 

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