Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hershey's peanut butter chip cheesecake

All right, all right. I'll help you people out. Because I love you.

And because it is my life's work to fatten the rest of you up so that maybe eventually I'll look thin.

[Insert maniacal, evil laugh and diabolical hand wringing]

Okay. Got that out of my system. Let's make a cheesecake.

Take 1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup sugar

Combine and press into the bottom of a greased springform pan. Set aside.

Take 3 packages of softened cream cheese (the 8 ounce size) and combine with 1 1/2 cups sugar.

Do not, under any circumstances, notice how many calories are in the cream cheese or make mental calculations as to the calorie content of this dessert. It will cause depression and self-loathing, which require the making and eating of MORE cheesecake. Which will in turn cause more depression and self-loathing. Let's just avoid that vicious cycle all together, shall we?

Beat sugar and cream cheese well. Add 4 eggs and 2 tsp vanilla. Beat just until combined.

Add 1 2/3 cup Reese's peanut butter chips. This is the small 10-ounce bag found in the baking aisle of your grocery store. Or measured out of the extra large billion-ounce bag they sell at Sam's Club. You know, the one you can grab handfulls from anytime you happen to be in the kitchen?

Yes. Get that one. My bum will thank you.

Fold in peanut butter chips gently.

Pour over prepared crust and pop into a 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes.

Bake until slightly puffed and center is set except for a 4-inch circle in the center. I have found that with my oven, I end up cooking the cheesecake probably 60 to 63 minutes total.

Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes. With a knife, loosen cheesecake from the side of the pan. Cool completely.

When completely cool, remove side of pan, and get ready to make the chocolate drizzle.

For the chocolate drizzle: Melt 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 Tbsp shortening in microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds or until smooth when stirred.

I like to fill a pastry bag with the melted chocolate because I'm uber fancy, but you can easily drizzle it from a spoon if that's how you roll.

Drizzle chocolate until you're satisfied or it's completely covered- whichever comes first. Pop into the fridge to set for several hours.

Invite people over to partake and find that you have won friends and influenced people.

Yeah. You're welcome.


Sunk Costs said...

Sweet mercy.

Anna said...

Cheesecake Factory don't got nothin' on you my friend.

danandcindy said...

Seriously, this is as boring as it gets.

Rae said...

I have a love/hate relationship with you, did you know that? I love all the scrumptious recipes you share but hate what they do to my body!!!

Cathy said...

Oh, my yumminess!

Meggan said...

That looks so good! Thanks for the recipe woman!

Annemarie said...

Mmmmm, mmmmm. Awesome.

the girl in the red shoes said...

Oh my...I'm sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing that you posted this!

katie said...

it's sabotage. that's what you're trying to do to me, isn't it?!
looks amazingly delicious.

Tristan said...

Yum!! Thanks!

Lauren in GA said...

Shut up, Dan.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, my dear.

As always you make me laugh. You and your diabolical hand wringing.

I hear and I obey...I will not check out the caloric intake of cream cheese.

Robyn said...

EVERYtime you post something peanut buttery AND chocolatey (and cheese cakey...even better), I make it. I can't wait to try this one! Just don't tell my fitness blog.

Lala said...

I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I need to make me feel happy today. Just looking at it makes me happy.

Travelin'Oma said...

Why, oh why do you live so far away??

Spanky said...

i've died and gone to cheesecake heaven.

Zana said...

i really enjoy a good laugh with you.

by the way, your causing a lot of stress in Lori's life today b/c she called me today unable to decide for herself which recipe of yours to make...coconut or cheesecake and it was my duty to say "both"

i was very helpful.

Justyna Wawrzonek said...

Oh My Gosh, This looks delishh :)
Love the way you captured the process, the pictures are awesome!!

Cindy said...

I was just thinking about how many calories there would be in this mouth-watering dessert when you mentioned NOT to count them. I think that's a great idea. Three bricks of full fat cream cheese... sounds like a party to me.

3leftturns said...

Surprised you didn't make a black bird pie. Good for parties involving butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers.

melissa said...

you are evil.

that is all.

Fran Hill @ Being Miss said...

This made me start dribbling from the corners of my mouth. I don't think we have peanut butter chips in England, though. Just as well. Sounds like the kind of thing I would eat straight from the jar ...

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