I’m so excited about the Christmas season already, are you? We put up our tree over the weekend, and Malia is having so much fun decorating it with ornaments. My mom brought over a whole box full of ornaments that she has saved for me all these years. In it, were all the ornaments I remember from my childhood, even one as old as I am from my first Christmas! I was feeling nostalgic about all the Hallmark daughter, sister, mister and mrs. claus ornaments…some of which I had picked out when I was a kid. I never realized how many memories were stored in those ornaments, and am so thankful that my mom saved them for me!
This is a recipe that I meant to make over Halloween with Halloween Oreos and pumpkin cheesecake. I could not find Halloween Oreos in Hawaii. I called multiple stores, but none of them were carrying it! So my mom bought me some peanut butter Oreos instead, thinking that was the closest color to the orange I wanted…you are so sweet, mom! And that’s when I had the idea to make peanut butter Oreo cheesecakes…they were SO good! The creamy peanut butter cheesecake with Oreo bits throughout…I could eat that every day of the week!The peanut butter Oreos are the perfect crust for these cheesecakes…and it looks pretty when you cut them in half…or bite into them if you don’t cut your desserts in half and photograph them like me 🙂
Beat the softened cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and creamy peanut butter. I’m so glad there was egg in here, otherwise I would have been licking this bowl clean 🙂
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Allow them to cool and then refrigerate. I ate them warm, and I can attest they were good then too 🙂 These mini-cheesecakes would be a great treat to bring to a holiday party or cookie swap!
Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecakes
adapted from Cake Batter and Bowl
16 Peanut Butter Oreos
8 oz cream cheese, 1/3 less fat, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, large
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a muffin tin with paper cups. Place an Oreo in the bottom of each cup. Cream together the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the egg, creamy peanut butter, and vanilla extract and mix to combine. Fold in 4 crushed Oreos. Top each Oreo with the cream cheese mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
What are some of your favorite holiday memories?
Do you have a favorite flavor of cheesecake? I love plain cheesecake, oreo cheesecake, and white chocolate raspberry!