Planning the dessert portion of a party menu is never much of a dilemma for me. My biggest issue is always having too many ideas and having to narrow them down to something reasonable. While planning for the holiday party, the dessert spread came together fairly quickly in my mind but it seemed something was missing. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I knew some key dessert element was being overlooked. Then it hit me – peanut butter and chocolate – that irresistible combination. Somehow it needed to be a part of the menu. Then out of nowhere, the idea of mini peanut butter chocolate cheesecakes came to me. I don’t know if it was a pregnancy craving or what, but I could not let it go.
I did quite a bit of searching but didn’t really turn up a recipe that seemed to be what I had envisioned. Thankfully, I’m getting better at using my knowledge of ratios and basic baking, so I was able to come up with these on my own. I’m so glad I took notes as I went because I wouldn’t change a thing. The cheesecake portion was smooth, slightly dense and peanut butter-y without being too sweet. My only mistake was making way more ganache than I needed, so I’ve adjusted the recipe below accordingly. Not that I’ve ever been one to have difficulty with rich desserts, but this bite-sized portion seems just the right way to indulge in this deliciousness without overdoing it.