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Chocolate Marble Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

A decadent peanut butter cup cheesecake recipe that is marbled with chocolate and a crunchy wafer crust.

Ingredients

Crust:
1 1/2 cup(s) chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
4 tablespoon(s) butter,melted
Filling:
4 package(s) (8-ounce) cream cheese,softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs,at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 oz bittersweet chocolate,melted
6 regular-size peanut butter cups,quartered
Garnish:
1/4 cup whipping cream
12 mini peanut butter cups

Directions

To make the crust:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 9-inch springform pan and tightly cover outside of pan with two layers of tinfoil.

Combine cookie crumbs and butter in a bowl until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press into bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes; let cool on a wire rack.

To make the filling:

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in sugar until smooth.

Reduce speed to medium and beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until just blended.

Beat in sour cream and vanilla.

Remove 1 1/2 cups of the batter to a medium bowl; stir in melted chocolate.

Add peanut butter to cream cheese mixture in large bowl and beat until smooth.

Remove 1 3/4 cups of the peanut butter batter to a medium bowl and reserve.

Spoon the remaining peanut butter batter over crust in pan. Top evenly with peanut butter cups, gently pressing pieces into batter. Alternately drop reserved chocolate batter and reserved peanut butter batter on top of peanut butter cups to cover; swirl batters together with a skewer or a knife to marbleize.

Place cheesecake in a larger baking pan and place on oven rack.

Carefully pour enough hot water into larger pan to reach 1 inch up sides of springform pan.

Bake 1 hour, or until cake barely jiggles in the center.

Remove cheesecake from water bath; remove foil.

Using a thin knife, carefully cut around top edge of cake where it meets the pan to release. Let cool completely on wire rack.

Cover and refrigerate until cold, 6 hours or overnight.

To serve, run a sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen and remove side of pan.

Garnish with whipping cream (that has been whipped) and mini peanut butter cups.

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