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What Is Peanut Butter Cheesecake?

By Amber Eberle
Updated May 17, 2024
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Peanut butter cheesecake is a sweet dessert typically made mainly with cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugar. Many recipes for this dish call for the cake to be baked in an oven, but there are also no-bake recipes available. Peanut butter cheesecake usually has a crust, which is often made by combining graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. For best results, it is usually prepared in a springform pan. Whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and chocolate-peanut butter candies are often used as a garnish on this sweet treat.

A baked peanut butter cheesecake has a creamy filling, which is generally made by combining cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. The cream cheese should be at room temperature, and the ingredients should be beaten with an electric mixer until everything is thoroughly mixed. It is recommended that a creamy type of peanut butter be used for the best texture. Cream cheese is the main ingredient, but most recipes call for enough peanut butter to color the batter, and give the finished product a strong peanut taste.

There are also recipes for no-bake versions of peanut butter cheesecake. These typically omit the eggs since the dish is not cooked. The filling is often mixed and beaten in a similar fashion to a baked version. After the filling is poured into the crust, it is usually chilled in a refrigerator until it sets. The texture of a no-bake peanut butter cheesecake is softer than one that has been baked.

The majority of peanut butter cheesecake recipes call for a crust. Prepared crusts can be purchased at a supermarket, or one can be made at home. A traditional cheesecake crust is made by combining crushed graham crackers with melted butter, and then pressing the mixture into a pan. Crusts can also be made with cookie or shortbread crumbs.

It is recommended that a two-piece springform pan be used when making a peanut butter cheesecake. This type of vessel holds the crust and batter in place during baking, and, when the cheesecake is ready to be served, the walls of the pan can easily be removed. If a springform pan is not available, this dessert can be made in a round cake pan.

After a peanut butter cheesecake finishes baking, it generally must be cooled and then chilled in a refrigerator to become completely set. The dessert may be served cold, out of the refrigerator, or at room temperature. This cheesecake is usually topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, or pieces of chocolate-peanut butter candies.

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Discussion Comments

By Ocelot60 — On Dec 23, 2014

@rundocuri- I prefer the type of peanut butter cheesecake that doesn't call for baking, because it has a stronger peanut butter flavor in my opinion. So not only will you get the benefits of less fat and calories, but you will have a cheesecake that has strong peanut butter flavor.

By Spotiche5 — On Dec 23, 2014

@rundocuri- I have made both types of peanut butter cheesecakes, and I like both of them. While the kind you bake is rich and thick, the no-bake version is creamy and fluffy.

I recommend that you try making both before your big event so you can decide for yourself which one you think that the people who will be eating it will enjoy most. If you like the peanut butter cheesecake that calls for baking it with eggs, you can always remove the yolks to cut back on the fat and cholesterol content.

By Rundocuri — On Dec 22, 2014

I have never made peanut butter cheesecake, but I want to make one for a special occasion. Since it seems like a rich, high-calorie dessert anyway, I'm wondering if the best kind to make is the no-bake version that eliminates the need for eggs.

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