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Peanut Butter Candy Cheesecake

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Medium


  • 1 1/2 cups crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 (8 oz) packages softened cream cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 10 fun-size chopped chocolate-covered crispy-crunchy peanut-buttery candy bars


To prepare crust: Preheat oven to 300 °F. In a small bowl, combine crushed graham crackers and sugar. Add melted butter, stirring to combine. Press mixture into bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 10-inch springform pan. Bake for 6 minutes.

To prepare filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, brown sugar and peanut butter at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating just until combined after each addition. Stir in cream and crushed candy. Spoon batter into prepared crust.

Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn oven off, and leave in oven with door closed for 1 hour. Remove from oven, and let cool completely. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with chopped candy bars, if desired.