Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecake

Desserts made with chocolate and Reese’s are definitely my favorite part of the meal.  Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into a Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecake?

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 Is it bad that I can’t stop thinking of new ways to enjoy more Reese’s candies?  It has been awhile since I made mini cheesecakes, and I had some peanut butter cups to use up.

That sounded funny because usually Reese’s peanut butter cups don’t last more than a day in our house.  I used to have my kids trained to bring me their peanut butter cups…then they grew up and realized that peanut butter cups are like the best candy ever.  They now hide their Reese’s from me.  Silly kids :-)

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Don’t they know that I have a cupboard full of candy, and there is usually some sort of Reese’s hiding in there.  I just make sure to put the spices and baking powder in the front, so no one will ever know what is in the very back.

Ok, now I realized after typing that, that I sound very selfish and that I have a candy addiction.  The candy addiction is a real problem, but I do share all my candy with my family.  Honest.  I just like to bake with it before sharing.

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 This week I put together a chocolate cheesecake with a peanut butter mousse on top.   I was going for a take on my favorite Reese’s candy.  The peanut butter mousse is so light and fluffy!  I didn’t add any extra sugar to this layer because of the whole container of Cool Whip.  If you eat that part just by itself, you might think it isn’t too sweet.  But wait until you bite into one of these cheesecakes.  There is plenty of sugar in the bottom layer and in the candy on top to balance it all out.

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Now a true Reese’s cheesecake had to have some peanut butter cups in it.  So I chopped a whole bunch of peanut butter cups (and ate a few while I was at it), then dropped a bunch of those chopped candies right on top of the cheesecakes.  They turned out so pretty.

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I love all the layers in these!!!

It is a very good thing I started running again this week.  After eating a few of these, plus the extra candy, I probably should have run a little bit more.  That’s on the agenda for this week.

Right after I bake some more yummy treats :-)

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Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcake cheesecakes

Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecake

Chocolate cheesecake topped with a peanut butter mousse and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

For the Cheesecake
2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 packages cream cheese (8 oz. each)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening
For the Peanut Butter Mousse
1 package cream cheese (8 oz.)
1 container Cool Whip (8 oz.)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Instructions

  1. Combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Place a spoonful of crumbs in 24 cupcake liners. Press down firmly. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the eggs, sour cream, and flour and beat again.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and shortening. Heat for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted. Let cool slightly. Pour into cream cheese mixture and beat until creamy. Spoon into prepared cupcake liners. Bake at 350* for 22 minutes. Let cool in pan for 3-4 minutes, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until creamy. Add the cool whip and beat with the wire whisk attachment until creamy. Place spoonfuls on top of cooled cheesecake and spread out. Top with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Makes 24 cupcake cheesecakes. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container.
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Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Are you a party planner?  Do you wait to the last minute to get all your supplies?  If you answered yes, to either of these questions, then Walgreens is the place for you.  You can find all your last minute party planning snacks and treats in a hurry.

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This weekend  the last games in the big college basketball tournament will be happening.  Will you be watching them?  Who are you rooting for?  I have to be honest, my bracket is still blank.

I’m not as into watching sports as the boys in my house.  They can sit and watch all the games every weekend.  But what I am into, is planning a fun party for friends to come over and enjoy treats and the big game with us.

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies - soft chocolate cookies with plenty of Reese's Pieces to satisfy your chocolate cravings

I had the opportunity this week to visit Walgreens and to buy some snacks for a last minute party.  You can check out my shopping story on Google+.  Walgreens is a convenient place to shop for snacks and party decor when you only have a few minutes to spare.

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Our Walgreens was stocked with lots of Coke Zero and Reese’s products for game day.   Buying lots of Reese’s to snack on scores big points with me any day of the year.   While I was shopping, I picked up some 12 packs of Coke Zero to share with our guests.  Having drinks in cans means I can get away with not buying cups, and we can recycle those cans.

Of course I bought every kind of Reese’s product that Walgreens offered.  You don’t have to tell me twice to buy Reese’s.  They are my all time favorite candy.  I love baking different sweets like these Peanut Butter Pudding Cookies, Chocolate Reese’s Cheesecakes, and Marshmallow Reese’s blonde brownies with lots of Reese’s in each bite.

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When you have a lot of people over for a big game, you want your party food to be finger foods that can be easily eaten.  Cookies are always a good party choice.   I had a box of Hershey’s chocolate pudding in my cupboard, and I thought that would make the perfect pudding cookies with a few boxes of Reese’s pieces added in.

The answer is yes, I did eat some of the cookie dough before it was all baked :-)  It was delicious and who could resist all that candy?

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I wanted my game table to be festive but easy.  This corner of our living room was the perfect size for our 6 foot folding table.  I covered the table with a white plastic tablecloth that I found at Walgreens.  The party streamers were actually ones I had leftover from previous birthdays.  I love that I had the colors to match the serving bowls and trays that I bought from Walgreens.

I wanted some disposable plates on our table, so I wouldn’t be doing dishes after everyone left.  Walgreens had some different colored plates on one of their shelves.  I grabbed a few packs of the orange ones because they reminded me of basketballs.  I even used a sharpie to draw lines on a few of those orange plates making them look like basketballs that I could hang on the front of the food table.

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Now it was time to get everyone together to enjoy all the treats and a game.  We have lots of friends who just love when we send them a quick message saying we want to spend time with you, and we have treats to share too.  I think the treats are what sold them this time.  All I had to do was mention Reese’s recipes and they came running.  I am thankful for great friends that we can spend a fun evening with chatting and eating snacks.
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Walgreens is definitely the place to shop if you want to get together with friends for a last minute basketball game.  You can find everything you need to enjoy a night of #snackmadness .  You don’t have to tell me twice to start planning the next party.  And if that party include more Coke and Reese’s, I think it will be another win for the BruCrew Team!

Chocolate Reese's Pudding Cookies - soft chocolate cookies with plenty of Reese's Pieces to satisfy your chocolate cravings

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Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: 48 cookies

Chocolate Reese’s Pudding Cookies

Chocolate cookies made with instant chocolate pudding and Reese's pieces are the way to go if you are looking for a chocolate fix.

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box instant Hershey's chocolate pudding mix (3.5 oz)
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups Reese's Pieces
1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg, sour cream, and vanilla and beat again. Sift together the pudding mix, flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the creamed mixture beating on low until everything is combined. Stir in the Reese's and chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  2. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 - 2 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375* for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest on baking sheet for about 2 minutes. Tap the tops of the cookies with the back of a spatula. Transfer cookies to a wire rack or wax paper. Let cool completely. Store in a sealed container on the counter for 4-5 days. Makes about 48 cookies.
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The joys of P90X…

Peanut Butter Explosion Cake, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's

I wanted to stop in today
and let you know how my journey with P90X is going.
We are half way through week 2…
woo hoo only 10 more to go!
Uuuugggg!
Doesn’t sound as exciting that way, does it?
Let’s stick with HALFWAY through week 2:-)

Peanut Butter Explosion Cake, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's

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Some things that I have discovered while doing these videos…

*It wasn’t as hard as what I was afraid of…now don’t get me wrong…
it is super tough and I am panting and sweating my way through each video.
*Yoga is for the birds. I have been doing the extra cardio video in place of it.
Anyone out there that likes yoga? More power to ya! I would rather be moving;-)
*New sore muscles each morning are just going to happen. Imagine the pain
I am feeling right now after about a billion girly push ups…and that was 2 days ago!
*Those of you who warned me of the superman and banana…uuuuggggg is all I have to say!
*You will actually gain weight the first week of doing this! Believe me NOT COOL!!!!
I realize that it is just muscles growing so that they can shrink…but come on already…
with all the sweating going on I should have lost some right?
*Determination is needed to keep yourself going each morning…
or even just to push play each day:-)

Peanut Butter Explosion Cake, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's

Personally I would rather dive into a big slice of this yummy Peanut Butter Explosion Cake
but probably not in the diet guide.
So if you make this cake…
remember me and my sugar deprived body
while you are enjoying it!

I was looking through some old pics and realized that I never
shared this cake from my birthday.
Yes, I made my own cake if you were wondering:-)
Believe me it is better that way!
My hubby handles dinner and I do all the baking!
We work well together!!!
Plus I knew exactly what I wanted in it:-)
and I like doing it!

If you don’t like peanut butter,
you probably should stop reading right now.
This cake is not for you!

Otherwise onward to the deliciousness…

Peanut Butter Explosion Cake, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey's


Peanut Butter Explosion Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Peanut Butter Explosion Cake

Chocolate cake filled with Peanut Butter Butter Cream and Reese's Peanut Butter cups and topped with a Chocolate Butter Cream.

Ingredients

2 chocolate cake mixes
1 bag of the Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups
12 Reese's Peanut Butter cups
Honey Peanut Butter Cream
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups powdered sugar
Chocolate Butter Cream
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 Tablespoons water
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* Make up each cake mix individually and stir in half a bag of mini reeses in each mix. Bake in two 8x2 inch cake pans that has been greased and floured for about 30 minutes. (you will have a little extra batter…make cupcakes and freeze for later consumption:-) Follow your baking instructions on the back of the box. After each layer has cooled completely, cut each one in half.
  2. Start making the peanut butter frosting by creaming the butter and peanut butter. Add the water, salt, honey, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Fill each layer with the honey peanut butter frosting.
  3. Make the chocolate butter cream by creaming the butter, vanilla, 3 tbsp. water, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. If it is still too thick, add the other tbsp. water and beat. Cover the outside with a very thick layer of chocolate frosting. I used a fun frosting comb on the sides, but fork prongs would work too. Pipe some fun swirls of peanut butter frosting on top and accent with the extra Reese's.

Notes

If you are using a regular sized round cake pan, only use one cake mix and divide it between the pans. You will need 2 cake mixes if you use a cake pan that is two inches high.

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