Friday, June 24, 2011

Snickers Cheesecake

Do you have a favorite combination of foods or food/drink that everyone finds a bit strange?  You know, mac & cheese, PB&J, spaghetti and meatballs…they all go together.  Something like pickles and ketchup? French fries and gravy? Anything like that?

I feel like Dr. Pepper and Snickers just go together.  In my mind, they just do.  You can have one without the other but Dr. Pepper’s fizz just isn’t the same without the salty-carmely-peanutty goodness from a Snicker’s bar.  Ok.  Maybe you don’t agree.  I know it’s a little weird but I remember thinking as a kid that it was just one of those pairings that you don’t mess with.

From a health standpoint, I really don’t consume either very often.  Diet soda just isn’t worth it to me so I’d rather just not drink soda at all. I’m a water and iced tea kind of girl.  And I have come to terms with the fact that my favorite candy bar is a special treat.  This is perfectly fine when I can eat it like this:  Snicker’s Cheesecake!

So I haven’t always been a fan of cheesecake.  I actually haven’t been a fan of cream cheese until the last year-ish.  And even now, I need it to be disguised a little. The tang just isn’t for me.  I can handle it when it’s masked with sugar and cream though.  And when it’s baked with a buttery-graham cracker crust.  And when it’s covered with Snickers, caramel and peanuts.  Sinful is what this is.

I made this one for Paul’s birthday.  He loves cheesecake and I’ve had this one bookmarked since I stumbled upon it at My Baking Addiction.  Jamie’s is beautiful and the cheesecake recipe is really awesome.  I made this cheesecake the first time without the topping.  Paul doesn’t like cake (really!) But he loves cheesecake so this was his “groom’s cake” that I made and then we forgot about during the reception.  He basically had it all to himself on our honeymoon.  I don’t’ think he was really sad about that.  This time, though, for his birthday, I did add the topping.  I also made just a couple of variations from the original recipe and it was a huge hit.  You would think it’s going to be so rich but you get an awesome level of sweetness from the crust, Snickers and the caramel that’s perfectly complemented with the peanuts and creamy filling that’s not too sweet but totally decadent!

Stay tuned, Dr. Pepper ice cream coming up next.  Just kidding.  Maybe.

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Snickers Cheesecake Recipe

Yield: 8 slices

Sweet and sinful and classic cheesecake recipe topped with my favorite candy bar - Snickers!

Ingredients:

Crust:
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick unsalted butter; melted
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling:
4 (8-ounce) blocks cream cheese, room temperature (go ahead and use the full fat version here)
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Topping:
18 Fun Size Snickers; cut down the middle, and then in thirds (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts, smashed or chopped (more or less to taste)
1/4 cup caramel syrup (more or less to taste)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and gently press into a 9-inch springform pan. Bake the crust for 8-9 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
Fill a kettle with water and bring to a boil.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and granulated sugar and cream until smooth. One at a time, add the room temperature eggs. Ensure that each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next and scrape down the sides of the bowl before adding the next egg. After adding the fourth egg, mix well and add the heavy cream and vanilla. Mix well until the mixture is smooth and the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Pour the batter into your prepared crust. Place the springform pan into an oven bag and place the oven bag into a large roasting pan. Pour the boiling water into the roasting pan; pour in enough water to reach about halfway up the side of the springform pan. The oven bag will help prevent leaking.

Bake the cheesecake for 50-55 minutes. The cheesecake edges will be set but the center will still be a little “jiggly”. Turn off the oven, close the door and set the timer for one hour. Allow the cheesecake to sit in the cooling oven for one hour, don’t remove, don’t open the door. Only drool at it while looking through the oven window. Only after one hour has passed, remove the pan from the oven, take the springform pan out of the water bath and allow it to cool the rest of the way at room temperature. Once it is completely cooled, refrigerate. Chilling the cheesecake overnight is best but as little as 5 hours will do.

Before serving, top the cheesecake with cut up Snickers bars, chopped peanuts and caramel sauce.

A tightly covered cheesecake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to five days, if it will last that long!

Slightly adapted from My Baking Addiction

 

28 Responses to “Snickers Cheesecake”

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    DD — June 24, 2011 @ 7:19 am

    wow!!!i'm loving it!!! delicious flavors together make it wonderful to taste!!!

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    Sarah — June 24, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    My husband, although he is wrong, doesn't like cake all that much either, but I think he'd be hard-pressed to turn this one down. It looks and sounds so, so good! Oh, and next time I need a treat I'm thinking about your dr. pepper/snickers combo…just so you know.

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    Tina @flourtrader — June 24, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    this is a keeper and I have bookmarked it. I don't make cheesecake that often but this looks great for a special occasion. I will be looking for that dr pepper ice cream!

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    Sabrina — June 24, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    fantastic cheesecake!!!!

  5. #
    Erin — June 24, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

    I am the same way with cream cheese! If it has enough sugar I will eat it! And yes, certain things just go together. Not sure why, but a donut needs to have diet coke with it. STRANGE!!

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    kita — June 24, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Hello! I this sounds awesome. (sad but true: being from the philly area – I never knew what cream cheese was until I was in my late teens and I didn't know it was the main ingredient for a cheesecake… )

  7. #
    Kim Bee — June 24, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    I was half asleep looking through stuff before bed. This recipe woke me right up. If I had the ingredients right now I would be in the kitchen making this right now. Great recipe and so happy you shared it with us.

  8. #
    Kate@Diethood — June 24, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    Oooooh I want a slice! No two slices! It looks awesome… and Dr. Pepper?! Intriguing!

  9. #
    Christine's Pantry — June 25, 2011 @ 12:31 am

    Wow! Looks wonderful! Yummy! I must try this recipe. Thanks

  10. #
    sheila @ Elements — June 25, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    Wow! This looks wonderful!! So rich and decadent! The caramel syrup dripping down is fabulous! By the way, if you don't make Dr. Pepper ice cream, you could always make a Dr. Pepper float! 🙂

  11. #
    Lizzy — June 25, 2011 @ 6:43 am

    Oh, boy, is that stunning!!!! What a fabulous recipe, Cassie!

  12. #
    Parsley Sage — June 25, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Don't tease us with the Dr. Pepper ice cream 🙂 Buzzed!

  13. #
    Cassie @ Bake Your Day — June 25, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    I was totally being silly with the ice cream comment but I might have to try it…at least the float as suggested by Sheila! 🙂

  14. #
    Ann — June 25, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    That looks incredible! I think I gained 5 pounds just looking at it! Who wouldn't love this combo?

  15. #
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — June 25, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    This is a great idea for a little twist! Love it

  16. #
    Angela@RecipesFromMyMom — June 26, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    Poor Paul, had to eat the whole cheesecake after your reception!

    A Dr. Pepper ice cream float sounds great.

  17. #
    Now Serving — June 26, 2011 @ 2:50 pm

    enjoyed all the visuals of all your recipes on the front page and found myself drooling over this one! My son could eat all of it!

  18. #
    kitchenarian — June 27, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    This looks over-the-top delicious!

  19. #
    Butrcreamblondi — June 29, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

    This cheesecake looks awesome and you should totally make Dr. Pepper ice cream!

  20. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — July 28, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Yum! This cheesecake looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the link!

  21. #
    Roxana GreenGirl — August 16, 2011 @ 1:32 pm

    I may not love Dr Pepper but oh, how I love cheesecake and yours is very very tempting!

  22. #
    Anne — December 19, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Could I chop the snickers and add to the ingredients?

  23. #
    Natalie — May 24, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    Funny thing! French fries and gravy is actually a delicious combination. It’s a popular Canadian dish called poutine 🙂

  24. #
    Andy — August 9, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Just wanted to comment that I too love Snickers and Dr.Pepper. In fact, I just finished consuming a pair. And I searched Google to see if I was the only one; I am glad I am not.

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