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                        PEANUT BUTTER CUP CHEESECAKE
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 Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       c            Choc. wafer cookie crumbs
    2 1/2   oz           Roasted unsalted peanuts
                         -- coarsely chopped
      1/4   c            Unsalted butter -- melted
    2       tb           Golden brown sugar
                         -- firmly packed
    1       pn           Salt
   24       oz           Cream cheese -- room temp.
    1 1/2   c            Golden brown sugar
                         -- firmly packed
      1/2   c            Creamy peanut butter
                         -- do not use freshly-ground
    1       t            Vanilla extract
    4       lg           Eggs
      1/4   c            Whipping cream
   10       oz           Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
                         -- cut into 3/4-inch pieces
    2       c            Sour cream
      1/4   c            Sugar
    1       t            Vanilla extract
   FOR CRUST: Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350 F. Butter
   9-inch-diameter springform pan with 2-3/4-inch-high sides. Mix chocolate
   cookie crumbs, chopped peanuts, melted butter, brown sugar and pinch of
   salt in bowl until well combined.  Press mixture evenly onto bottom and
   1/2-inch up sides of pan.  Bake until crust is set, about 8 minutes. Cool
   in pan on rack.  Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
   FOR FILLING: Using electric mixer, beat room temperature cream cheese and
   brown sugar in large bowl until smooth.  Add peanut butter and vanilla
   extract and beat just until blended.  Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just
   until blended after each addition.  Add whipping cream and beat until
   smooth.  Stir in peanut butter cup pieces.
   Pour filling into crust.  Bake until sides of cake are set but center still
   moves slightly, about 55 minutes.  Cool cake in pan on rack 10 minutes.
   FOR TOPPING: Blend sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract in medium bowl.
   Carefully spoon topping over cheesecake.  Return cheesecake to oven and
   bake 5 minutes.
   Cool cheesecake in pan on rack.  Run small sharp knife around edge of
   cheesecake to loosen.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  (Can be prepared 3
   days ahead.  Keep refrigerated.)  Release pan sides.  Let stand 20 minutes
   at room temperature before serving.
   * Source: Bon Appetit, June 1993 * Typed for you by Karen Mintzias
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