Sunday, July 25, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirled Cheesecake (Happy 21st Molly!)

I didn't cry when she graduated from high school. Well, maybe a snot and a snort or two into an old McDonald's napkin I found in my purse.

I didn't cry when she turned 18. One single solitary soaked pillowcase doesn't count... for crying out loud!

But today the floodgates open because the baby turns 21 at midnight. And tonight while I'm bawling my eyes out, I'll lay out her Barney underpants, her navy blue polka dotted Easter dress with matching bonnet, her white ruffled anklets and her First Communion shoes, and when she gets home from the bars, I'm going to dress her up and rock her to sleep.

She requested a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for her 21st birthday and I made it under protest. For by making it for her, I'm acknowledging that she really, really is turning 21 and there is not a darn thing I can do to stop it.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cheesecake

Crust:

1-1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (this was one package for me)
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:

4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1-3/4 cups sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
4 TBSP light corn syrup


Topping:

7 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
Reese's peanut butter cups, coarsely chopped.(I used 8 of the .55 ounce size)
1/4 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl, combine cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 10" springform pan. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In a microwave-safe bowl, place the 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate, peanut butter, and corn syrup. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth. Add remaining 1/4 cup of heavy cream and stir well to combine

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup of the cream. Add eggs and vanilla; beat on low speed just until combined.

Pour half of filling mixture onto cooled crust. Dollop half of the chocolate/peanut butter mixture onto filling. Using small spatula or butter knife, gently swirl the chocolate and peanut butter into the filling. Add the remaining filling and dollop the remaining chocolate and peanut butter mixture onto filling. Repeat swirling.

Place cheesecake on baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until center is almost set. (I baked mine for 75 minutes and I think it still could have used a few more minutes.)

Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; then let cheesecake cool completely before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating overnight.

The following day, remove the springform pan and place cheesecake (with bottom pan) on serving platter or cake plate. Place chopped chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool slightly; pour over cheesecake. Decorate top with chopped Reeses candy and peanuts. Return to refrigerator until topping is set. Store leftovers in the refrigerator

Edited 7/27: You thought I was kidding, didn't you.

34 comments:

Julie said...

They grow up way too fast, don't they? What a delcious looking birthday treat! She's luck to have such an awesome cook and baker for a mom! Who I am guessing is an awesome mom, too!

June said...

Happy BIRTHING day Mags my friend, and happy birthday to Molly! I agree that time goes way too fast and just think! Before you know it she'll be 30ish and you'll be 60 ish. Now you can kill me! LOL ps - we're home & I'm very, very sad!

Alisa said...

What a wonderful post.I got a little teary-eyed just reading this post.You are a wonderful mom!I'm saving your recipe to make soon. Happy Belated Birthday to Molly :)

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

LMBO, oh you got me with the McDonalds napkin....only because I have used one for the same purpose. lol. Oh, and the cheesecake? The 4 pounds I have lost would come back on in a heartbeat if that was near me. Good thing you are at least a good 12 hours away from me.

Megan said...

Oh, Mags! It's stunning. Wish I could try a piece. Don't worry... I think 21 was the age when I finally started appreciating my parents and realizing all they had done for me over the years and why they had done things that at the time might have made me angry with them. I keep waiting for my siblings to hit that point. Even at 28, I still love spending time with my mom.

Velva said...

Holy cow! I died and went to heaven when I saw the chocolate peanut butter cheesecake-your girl knows how to select her birthday dessert. Happy Birthday to her!!! I know it is a special day.

Moogie said...

LMAO .... Mags. I'm a heartless bitch because I take plenty of drugs.

Sue said...

You're too funny! :) Your daughter has great taste...this cheesecake looks phenomenal!

Memória said...

Awww. I think this is why I don't have any children. I would cry over every little thing. I'm way too sensitive to be a parent hahaha.

This cheesecake looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!! I love the photos. They are so clear that I could almost touch it.

Happy birthday to your daughter!

Barbara @ moderncomfortfood said...

Good lord, Mags, could anything be more tempting and scrumptious than this? Molly is such a lucky girl!

Jennifer said...

Oh what a gorgeous cheesecake, you did a fabulous job Mags!!! Sometimes I wish my mother knew how to bake/cook/whip anything together, your daughter is one lucky girl!

Carolyn said...

Looks so decadent! Mine are only 5, 3 and 9 months but I know I will surely feel the way you do when they turn 21.

Mary said...

Do you think it's rich enough :-). This sounds fabulous and has gone on my must try list. You can't miss when you combine chocolate and peanut butter. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

stephchows said...

HAHAH the image of her coming home to find you with that outfit waiting is priceless!!! LOL!

And mags congrats on your first freezer jam!! That is awesome!!!

michelle@TNS said...

i looked at the photo one too many times, i put on 10 pounds. decadence! this is officially On The List.

steph said...

The cheesecake looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

That is food porn at its finest. Holy cow...

Barbara Bakes said...

I don't think there are words good enough to describe this cheesecake. Just looking at it makes me want to cry. I hope it had the same effect on the birthday girl.

Barbara said...

I know just how you feel, Mags. It's a shock, isn't it? One minute they're children and the next time you look? All grown up.
Happy Birthday to your Molly and she can't help but adore that delicious cheesecake!

From the Kitchen said...

All I can say is "what time is the party and what is your address". Oh, and happy birthday to your Molly!

Best,
Bonnie

Leslie said...

Aww! This cheesecake has everything I like and looks amazing!

Megan said...

That is the funniest thing ever! And oh so true. What a good sport she was for letting you take the picture! (or was she just drunk?LOL)
They do grow up so fast. My daughter is 15 1/2 and we're looking into the eyeballs of a learner's permit. Soon it will be me snorting into a McDonald's napkin.
That cheesecake looks to die for. Seriously, it looks like the best of the best!!!

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Sherry G said...

That is certainly one of the best treats you could have on your birthday! It looks soooo phenomenal.

The Food Hunter said...

Looks delicious. Hope Molly had a nice birthday.

Lindsey said...

I am definitely going to have to make this! Thanks for the great post!

LimeCake said...

that is one awesome looking cheesecake! darn, now i have to wait for someone's birthday to make it

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

That is one spectacular looking cheesecake! Your daughter's a good sport for posing for that picture, too... She must have liked the cheesecake quite a bit!

YourTeaLife said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! The cheesecake looks wonderfully delicious!

Sherylyn said...

The slice of cheesecake looks orgasmically delicious. How dare you post a chocolate-peanut butter creation so shortly after I made your peanut butter filled chocolate cake (well actually my mom made it for my birthday)...it was spectacularly decadent and I am already looking forward to having it again next year, and now look....now I have to make this one too. I think in heaven there are not clouds but rather big chocolate and peanut butter pillows of deliciousness.

Alisa said...

Love the photo!

Natasha Keith said...

This will be made for my boyfriends 21st it's all his favorites rolled into one.
Great photo btw! :)

Best Hamburger Recipe said...

wow! what a delicious recipe! I just wanna take it taste! :)

Cathy Compeau said...

Hi,
Just popping in to let you know I have included your yummy recipe post in my peanut butter round up!
Cathy
http://wp.me/p466oG-HM