Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Recipe creator's name:  Donna M. Achenbach

A delicious combination of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy and peanut butter and chocolate. What more can you ask for?

Preparation time:  30 minutes
Total time:  1 hour, 15 minutes
Servings:  12
  • CRUST:
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted peanuts

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine pretzels and butter. Press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a greased 10 inch spring form pan. Place pan on cookie sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add peanut butter and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs; beat on low just until combined. Stir in chips.
Pour over the crust and return pan to cookie sheet. Bake 50-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Remove from the oven; let stand for 15 minutes (Leave oven on.)
In a small bowl, combine the sour cream, peanut butter and sugar and spread over filling. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Bake 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Carefully run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
Refrigerate overnight. Remove sides of pan. Serve and enjoy.