Sunday, December 18, 2011
Mini Peanut Butter Cheescakes
Afterwards, I came home to make this yum-tum dessert. I had been searching for a non-chocolate, easy-to-eat, widely liked, yet with a twist, dessert to take to a Christmas party on Saturday. Hmmmm........What shall that be? To be honest, sometimes (okay, usually), I tend to "over-think" what to make for others. I want it to be something people will like, yet pretty...Oh the pressure!*wink*
It started when I remembered this Caramel Drizzle Pie recipe I had seen (I know Caramel Pie=PB Cheesecakes...HOW? Hang in there with me). I was 'surfin' the net' for my recipes. Then, I thought, maybe not caramel pie, maybe caramel cheesecake. Most people really like cheesecake, right? (Well, it's only "okay" for me. I'd rather have gooey chocolate-y-ness or cake). I thought of doing a traditional cheesecake, too. Wanted different, but not too different where people would be scared to try-hard to believe that not everyone is such an adventurous eater like me :). Found this good ol' Paula Deen recipe per http://www.bakeorbreak.com/. Perfect-o -a "normal" dessert, with a small twist, and the bonus of individual servings!
The recipe is a traditional cheesecake with a mini Reese's cup inside. Like a little happy golden nugget. Imagine receiving THAT happy suprise.
The only 2 drawbacks to this recipe:
1) It was that it was not "pretty" after it cooled. I could see little divets where the the pb cups were. Grrr. Think think. Got it! So, I topped with nuts and graham cracker crumbs.
2) I think I needed to pack my crust a little better. Crust was a bit crumbly. Duly noted.
Turns out, there were a few cheesecake lovers at the party! It went with the roast chicken, mashed 'taters, broc-n-cheese casserole, baked beans, crescents, and apple spice cookies. We all enjoyed a night of the game "True Colors" (I lost) and Wii. Also, heard some good funny stories!
Oh, and even though I missed my 5k, a friend called and we went for a 4 mile walk-jog (10 min mile each). Yeppers.