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Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Cream & The New Kitchen

by Milisa on July 11, 2011

Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Cream

This is a the ultimate fix for any chocolate-peanut butter craving.  It’s been a little while since I shared a chocolate and peanut butter dessert, and if you are like me it’s about time! I will tell what else it is about time for!  The results of my kitchen remodel!  I often wish I could just finish projects once I start them, but life just doesn’t work that way for me.  We always have a million things going at once and that’s why it’s taken so long.  Now, in case you have forgotten or if you are new here, I shared before photos here.   I have to say I am completely loving my larger, updated kitchen.  It was challenging to redesign the kitchen, it seems easier to start from scratch than to redesign from existing plumbing, wiring and all of that good stuff, but I am loving every part of it.  I rearranged a few things and kept some the way they were.  So could I get a drumroll please?

I went with natural hickory cabinets from Mid Continent Cabinetry, click here for the cabinet review.  I love the rustic look which fits right in our log home.  My new sink is a composite material that is easy to clean and much larger than my previous sink which was enameled cast iron.  I was constantly breaking dishes in the cast iron sink but no more with the new one! Plus It is a light brown speckled color and compliments the cabinets, counter tops and tile back splash really well.  I kept my wall oven and refrigerator because they were still in really good shape, even though they are white.  I will replace them in black when I they are no longer working.  I can live with the mixed colors for now, that’s what the budget allowed anyway!

Here you can see the vinyl flooring that I chose rather than going back with tile, it is so much easier to clean!  Also you can see the new bar which really extended the kitchen.  I love that the kids can sit and talk with me while I cook.  It is also great for spreading out to make things like homemade pizzas and cinnamon rolls!

Here you can see my new pride an joy, the Bosch cook top.  My old dilapidated cook top would barely cook on three burners, this thing has a simmer burner, 3 regular burners and a mega burner in the center. Boiling water has never been so much fun!  Of course I have been cooking up much more than boiling water! ]You can also see the pantry cabinet that has pull out drawers and holds all of my canned goods and baking supplies.  I love it!

Here you get a nice view of the hickory cabinets and the counter tops.  Before I had tile floors and tile counter tops and I was so tired of trying to keep the grout lines clean, it was a challenge.  I went with Wilsonart HD Laminate counter top.  Cleanup is a breeze, the pattern has depth and texture to it; I love the look and it is quite durable. Well there you go.  I am totally loving the new look and having a more spacious kitchen to work in. And what better way to celebrate than a cheesecake recipe!

Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Cream


for crust:

  • 9 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

for cheesecake:

  • 3 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

for topping:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 oz shaved chocolate

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crush graham crackers or process into a fine crumb in a food processor.

In a small bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and melted butter.

Press into bottom of a 10 inch spring form pan.

Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Melt semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside.

In a large mixer bowl add cream cheese and beat at medium to high speed until smooth. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, mixing just until combined after each addition. Add chocolate and mix until all combined.

Pour over crust and bake for 45 minutes or until center is set.

Remove from oven and cool for about 5 minutes.  Slide a knife around the edge and remove outer ring and cool for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, add peanut butter, cream and powdered sugar to a mixing bowl or food processor and beat or process until smooth.  Spread over top of cooled cheesecake.

Sprinkle shaved chocolate over peanut butter cream.

Refrigerate for 6-8 hours or overnight.



More Cheesecakes!

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Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes with Nutter Butter Crust


Check out other awesomeness on Mingle Monday at  addapinch.com!

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Shelby July 11, 2011 at 9:04 am

What fun you will have in your new kitchen cooking and baking! Its gorgeous and I’m jealous. ;)

The cheesecake looks delish too!


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 9:07 am

Thanks Shelby! I am loving it.


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet July 11, 2011 at 9:20 am

Lovin the new kitchen Miss. You are awesome. Now I want some pie at that stool in your new kitchen. :)


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

Thanks Heather! Come on over and I’ll be happy to let you have the last slice!


Katrina July 11, 2011 at 9:28 am

Divine looking cheesecake and GREAT looking kitchen!


Allison July 11, 2011 at 9:30 am

Love everything, especially the cabinets! I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have a bar in my kitchen. It’s where the boys eat, do their homework and you’re right, it’s great for rolling out pizzas. The cheesecake almost looks too pretty to eat!


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

Thanks Allison! I am loving the bar, it’s great for so many things. I don’t know how we ever did without it!
P.S. We ate the cheesecake!


Cookin' Canuck July 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

Your kitchen looks wonderful – congratulations. And this cheesecake…oh my! The inside looks so creamy and addictive.


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

Thanks Dara! I am enjoying it. This cheesecake is totally addictive!


DessertForTwo July 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

Gorgeous! I absolutely love all the wood in your house!

Thanks for sharing the before & after :)

Also, your cheesecake is making me drool ;)


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thank you!! It was kind of fun sharing the before and after and I probably wouldn’t have taken pictures otherwise.


Amy July 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

Absolutely gorgeous!! :D


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen July 11, 2011 at 3:01 pm

OMG, that cooktop! I’m so jealous. :-) Congrats on the new kitchen, happy cooking!


Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Wow…if decadence took on pudding form i have a feeling this might be it :) altogether a very positive thing! Looks and sounds utterly delicious, very envious indeed!


Lori @ RecipeGirl July 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

The cheesecake looks fabulous, but I’m even more excited about your kitchen! Simply perfect!!


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Thanks Lori! It is a fun kitchen to work in!


Angie July 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

OMG! I think we have the same counters. These pics are old with y crappy old camera, but you can get the idea, http://thestir.cafemom.com/food_party/slideshow/119/in_the_kitchen_with_angie?slide=3. But I so love your kitchen a million times more.


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Angie, I think they are the same! I love all the counter space you have. No matter how much space I have I fill it up!


Kim in MD July 11, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I have been waiting for you to post your new kitchen pictures, Milisa! It is gorgeous! I love the rustic cabinets. I am so happy for you! Oh- and the cheesecake looks amazing, too! :-)


Milisa July 11, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Thanks Kim! I am so happy with the outcome!


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 12, 2011 at 12:43 am

Mmm, that looks delicious! I love the peanut butter topping, it looks awesome :D


Lindsey @ Why Just Eat July 12, 2011 at 2:04 am

This cheesecake looks heavenly! Can’t wait to give it a try :)


Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook July 12, 2011 at 2:23 am

You’ve given me kitchen envy and we redid our kitchen 5 years ago. Love that stove top you’ve got in there! /swoon.


The Almost Whole Package July 12, 2011 at 2:37 am

Looks amazing! congrats on the kitchen!!


carolinaheartstrings July 12, 2011 at 2:40 am

This cheesecake looks so wonderful. I cannot wait to try this out.


Kimby July 12, 2011 at 4:10 am

What a light and airy space to work in — just beautiful! The extended countertop will be one of your kids’ favorite places to hang out — nice for them and happy for YOU. You picked the perfect pie to celebrate, too … :)


Kimby July 12, 2011 at 4:11 am

Oops, I meant cheesecake! :) Guess my mind was on dessert…


Milisa July 12, 2011 at 4:54 am

Thanks Kim! And cheesecake could be pie! :)


Angela FRS July 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

Gorgeous! The pie and the kitchen!


Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies July 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Miss, it looks so good! I love hickory cabinets. My mom works for a semi-custom cabinet company in Texas, and when they introduced hickory to their line, we all fell in love. When we redid our kitchen last year, I went back and forth on the hickory, but it just didn’t work with the rest of the house, so we went for painted maple instead (a butter yellow, called Saffron).

There’s nothing like cooking in a fresh new kitchen. I love the cooktop, it’s gorgeous! (And so is the cheesecake).

Thanks for being so wonderful yesterday.

Ams xx


Milisa July 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Amber! Funny I was debating between maple and hickory! I love the rustic hickory with our logs and the cooktop is a dream!


Tracy July 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Your new kitchen is so gorgeous! I hear you on barely having 3 working burners, so I totally understand your excitement over boiling water, haha. The cheesecake looks wonderful too; a great way to break in the new kitchen! Congrats! :-)


Milisa July 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Thanks Tracy! There’s nothing worse than loving to cook and having a not so great kitchen!


Barefeet In The Kitchen July 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

This cheesecake looks amazing and your sparkly new kitchen is beautiful as well! That range is truly fabulous. (I love your tile as well. We’ve used that exact same vinyl in two kitchen now and I still like it.)


Lauren from Lauren's Latest July 13, 2011 at 4:20 am

BEAUTIFUL! I am loving that cooktop!


Milisa July 13, 2011 at 4:24 am

Thanks Lauren! It has been wonderful to have a cooktop that works!


The Teacher Cooks July 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Love the cheesecake and the kitchen!


Wenderly July 16, 2011 at 1:34 am

OH MY GOSH! Congratulations! How exciting! LOVE the new look! And that Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Cream? *swoon*


Milisa July 16, 2011 at 8:01 am

Thanks so much Wendy!


Emma @ Poires au Chocolat August 2, 2011 at 3:43 am

The new kitchen looks fabulous – how exciting to have so much space on your burner! This cheesecake also looks fabulous – I love peanut butter cream.


Christina @ This Woman Cooks! August 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

The cheesecake looks fantastic! I’m such a sucker for cheesecake. :) I’m featuring it as one of my bookmarks from the past few weeks. Hope you can stop by and see!


Karly September 7, 2011 at 8:04 pm

It’s hard to say what I’m drooling over more…the gorgeous kitchen or that delicious cheesecake!


The Better Baker February 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Your new kitchen looks amazing! Don’t wear yourself out in there having too much fun! ;-} The choc/pb cheesecake sounds delectable too. WOWZERS to this whole post!


gale August 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

Wonderful working kitchen and the Bosch top is terrific but I don’t see any ventilation. Do you open windows (tough in winter) or put up with odors?


Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate August 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Wonderful ‘new’ kitchen.. so much room to work! Love this recipe for chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. right up my alley. Thanks.


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Hanora November 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm

If I had your kitchen I would go on TV and cook it is beautiful and the recipes are wonderful I just love the Kitchen also Beautiful My DREAM KITCHEN lol


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