Sweet-Tooth Saturday: No-Bake Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Sometimes a recipe in a magazine reaches out and grabs you.  This is one of those.  In a recent Everyday With Rachel Ray, I spied a plate with creamy, chocolatey yumminess on a plate sitting next to a glass of cold milk.  Next to it, a short and simple recipe for Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites.  I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter!  I immediately dog-eared the page and made a mental note to buy ingredients I didn’t already have in my pantry.  Here’s how mine came out…I bet you’ll be making your own list of things to get at the store!

This simple recipe only requires a few things:

  • 1 pre-made chocolate crumb pie crust or 1 cup chocolate wafer cookies and 4 TBSP melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp gelatin
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 8 oz room temperature cream cheese–I used fat-free
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk–the only cans I found were 14 oz–enough to make two cheesecakes!
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter–I used chunky
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips–I used regular ones

If starting your crust from scratch, mix cookie crumbs with butter, and press into an 8×8 baking pan.  Set aside.

Combine gelatin with water, let sit 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese, condensed milk and peanut butter until smooth.

Go ahead, have a little taste…I won’t tell! 

Microwave the gelatin 20-30 seconds to melt.  Beat into cream cheese mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips and spread over your crust.

And now for the hardest part: Freeze for 20 minutes.  If you’ve already sneaked a taste…or two….you know how yummy this is going to be and waiting will be difficult.  Distract yourself by cleaning up the few dishes generated by this recipe, read a book, watch Food Network or meditate…… 

Finally, remove from freezer, cut and serve.

Mmmmm!  20 minutes didn’t provide for as hard a set as I thought would happen, making it a bit hard to serve.  However, the creamy peanut buttery-chocolatey wonderfulness was a husband pleaser!  I stored the remainder in the freezer–a bit more difficult to cut, but a prettier, ice-cream pie-like presentation.  A bit of whipped cream and some chocolate curls on top and you’re ready to impress like the rock star cook you are!

BTW, this recipe was invited to Sweet as Sugar Cookies’ linky party!  Go have a look at tons of sweets recipes all in one place!  Yummy!!!

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One response to “Sweet-Tooth Saturday: No-Bake Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

  1. Mmm, what a great recipe for summer, all the deliciousness without heating up the oven. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your cheesecake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/08/sweets-for-saturday-29.html

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