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Chili’s Peanut Buttercup Cheesecake

Chili’s Peanut Buttercup Cheesecake

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup Oreo cookie crumbs  (3 cookies with filling removed)
1/3 cup butter, melted
¼ cup smooth peanut butter (not chunky)
3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
¼ cup chocolate syrup
1 cup fudge topping
4 chilled regular-size Reese’s peanut butter cups  (not bite-size)

Preheat oven to 375
In a medium bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs, chocolate cookie crumbs, and melted butter
Press the crumbs firmly over just the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan.  Bake for 6-8 minutes.
When the crust is cool, spread the peanut butter in a circle in the center of the crust.  (You may soften the peanut butter for 30 seconds in the microwave to make it easier to spread.)  You don’t need to spread the peanut butter to the edge-leave about in inch margin all around.
You’ll need two separate bowls for the two fillings, one larger than the other.  In the larger bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, eggs, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
Remove 1 cup of the cream cheese mixture and pour it into the smaller bowl.  Add the chocolate syrup to this mixture and combine.
Pour the large bowl of filling into the pan and spread it evenly over the crust.
Pour the chocolate filling onto the other filling and spread it out.  Using the tip of a knife, swirl the chocolate into the white filling beneath it.  A couple of passes should be enough.
Lower the oven temperature to 350.  Bake the cheesecake for 70-80 minutes or until it becomes firm in the center.  Remove from the oven and allow it to cool.
When the cheesecake is completely cool, soften the fudge topping in a double boiler or the microwave for about 45 seconds, then spread it out evenly over the cheesecake.  Be sure to cover the entire surface of the filling.
Unwrap the peanut butter cups and chop them into small chunks.
Sprinkle the peanut butter cup pieces and any crumbs over the top of the cheesecake.  Chill.
Slice the cake 5 times through the middle to make 10 slices.


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