Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake
- 1 cup Graham Crackers
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 3 packages (8 ounces) cream cheese, soft at room temperature
- 1 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup best quality semi sweet chocolate chips
- Optional: Chocolate Ganache or Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- To make crust: Crush enough graham crackers with a rolling pin to obtain 1 cup. Add melted butter and sugar and combine well. Press onto bottom of a 9-inch diameter spring form pan and place in oven for 10 minutes or golden. Reduce oven to 325°F.
- When springform pan is cool enough to handle place on 3 layers of aluminum foil and wrap the outside of the pan with foil. Ensure that no water could penetrate thru foil. Place in a roasting pan and set aside.
- This cheesecake can easily be made without use of a machine, just ensure that cheese is soft and at room temperature. If using a mixer only mix on lowest speed to prevent incorporation of air cells. (Air cells make cheesecake rise during baking and once removed from oven will make it fall and crack)
- To make cheesecake: Beat soft cream cheese and sugar on low speed until well blended and no lumps remain. Scrape bowl well. Add one egg at a time waiting for previous added amount to be fully incorporated, scrape bowl and beater in between additions.
- Add peanut butter milk and vanilla. Add chocolate chips into batter, pour in springform pan.
- Pour water into roasting pan about an inch high and place in oven.
- Bake until center of cake no longer trembles when tapping sides of pan, about 90 minutes.
- Allow to cool at room temperature for 30-60 minutes. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
- Run a sharp knife around the edge and bottom of cheesecake and cut into desired size. Drizzle with chocolate ganche if desired.
TIP: Cheesecakes cook from the outside in. To check for doneness, shake the pan gently. When the center no longer trembles your cheesecake should be ready.