Written by Chris –
We did it! We just finished judging the top ten entries to our All Things Chocolate recipe contest (that’s our fantastic team pictured below). Fans were asked to share their best original chocolate recipe for a chance to win $1,000 and a place on Meals.com.
Recipes were judged on their taste, creativity, ease of preparation and visual appeal. It was extremely close, but Rebecca Brooks from Warner Robins, GA pulled off the victory with her Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chocolate Cheesecake.
Rebecca’s unique use of Nestlé Toll House Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough won us over. She placed cookie dough balls between layers of rich and velvety smooth chocolate cheesecake batter. The dough-inside-cheesecake was so good, I found myself digging through the cheesecake to get to it! Really — it wasn’t pretty. Once baked and chilled, Rebecca recommends drizzling the cheesecake with melted chocolate, then serving each slice with a baked peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. Wow! Her recipe, as submitted, looks like the image above.
Here is Rebecca’s winning recipe for Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Chocolate Cheesecake.
Ingredients for 16 servings:
- 1 cup round snack crackers (Rebecca used Ritz), finely crushed
- 1 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
- 2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
4 (8 ounces each) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 package (16.5 ounces) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
COMBINE cracker crumbs, pecans and butter in large bowl; mix well. Press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan (test kitchen tip – a measuring cup works well for patting the crust firmly into the pan!). Bake for 8 minutes.
PLACE 1 2/3 cups morsels in medium, microwave-safe dish. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth.
BEAT cream cheese and sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold melted chocolate into cream cheese mixture (be sure to mix thoroughly or you will have cream cheese specks).
SPOON approximately 1/3 of cream cheese mixture into springform pan; spread mixture evenly over crust. Cut 10 cookie dough bar squares in half; roll into balls. Place 12 around 1 inch from outer edge, 6 in the middle and 2 in the center. Spoon remaining batter gently over dough balls; smooth down top.
BAKE for 45 minutes or until edge is set but center still moves slightly. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. (I think the cheesecake is absolutely delicious just like this, shown above.)
Rebecca’s serving suggestions: Cut remaining cookie dough squares in half; roll into balls. Bake to desired doneness. Melt remaining 1/3 cup morsels and spread or drizzle over top of cheesecake (I decided to spread it, as shown above because I thought it looked pretty).
Garnish each cheesecake slice with a cookie or crumble the cookies and sprinkle around the edge of the cheesecake. (Rebecca’s recipe called for whole cookies to be placed over each slice, but since I have little cookie monsters in my house, I used what cookies I had remaining and crumbled them around the edge of the cheesecake. I really liked it this way!) Serve immediately.
Thank you, Rebecca for this delicious cheesecake recipe! And congratulations!
Second place went to Dawn Myers Moore from Youngsville, PA for her Oh! Henry Baby Cakes. Liz will be sharing this recipe soon…you are going to love it, I promise!
Third place went to Amy Di from Austin, TX for her Nestlé Crunch Bowls with Häagen-Dazs Sorbet & Sugared Mint Leaves. This delicious recipe will be shared soon too.
Thank you so much to all who entered! And a special thank you to our Facebook fans who took the time to vote for their favorite recipe.
More cheesecake recipes:
Black Bottom Cheesecake
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake