Light and creamy butterscotch cheesecake in a Nutter Butter cookie crust, topped with a smooth peanut buttery mousse!
While it’s no secret that peanut butter and chocolate are pretty much homeboys when it comes to sweet combos, there’s one delicious blend of flavors that I just can’t get enough of–peanut butter and butterscotch. Why is this combo so underrated?? Moreover, why is butterscotch so underrated???
For instance (prepare yourself for the biggest tangent ever), whenever I give out those Dum Dum lollipops at my work, the kids NEVER choose butterscotch, and if they accidentally do, they scrunch up their noses and say “Ewwww…butterscotch! I want a different one!”
To which I respond, “Tough luck, kiddo. You’re gonna lick that sucker, and you’re gonna LIKE it!!”
Ok, I don’t really say that…but I DEFINITELY think it.
So yeah, why IS butterscotch so undervalued? When I was a kid (still am), I used to LOVE sneaking into my grandma’s hard candy stash (all old people have these, FYI), and picking out all the butterscotch ones. Tell me I’m not the only one who did that.
Now that we got that totally unnecessary tangent out of the way, let’s reel it back in and talk about this cheesecake, shall we?
It begins with those addictively sweet and nutty Nutter Butter cookies, AKA the peanut butter version of the Oreo. Crush some up, toss them with a little butter, then press it into the pan for an easy peasy crust.
The cheesecake filling contains a full cup of butterscotch chips, which is melted then added into the batter. Unlike most baked cheesecakes which require at least four packages (32 ounces!) of cream cheese, this batter only requires two. Also, instead of using half Greek yogurt and half sour cream like I have in the past, I used all Greek yogurt, and I really couldn’t tell any difference in flavor or texture. Sour cream and Greek yogurt are pretty much interchangeable in this recipe, so it’s up to you and what you have on hand.
Remember, less cream cheese and more Greek yogurt means less guilt when you inhale half of the cheesecake in one sitting 😉
Since the Nutter Butter crust wasn’t enough to satisfy the peanut butter quota in this cheesecake, I topped it off with a smooth and creamy peanut butter mousse. Well, it’s more like a white trash mousse if I’m being honest.
Just beat up some cream cheese, peanut butter, sugar, and a spot of vanilla, then fold in some cool whip. I didn’t even use real heavy cream because I was feeling lazy. However, if your inner Martha Stewart is flaring up, go RIGHT ahead and use the real stuff!
To decorate, AKA fancify this cheesecake, I added a border of Nutter Butters as well as some extra cool whi–I mean, whipped cream… 😉
Like I mentioned earlier, that butterscotch-peanut butter combo is EVERYTHING. The sweet saltiness of the peanut butter mousse is the perfect contrast for the creamy butterscotch filling.
Trust me, you NEED this in your life.
Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cheesecake
Yields: 10-12 servings
2 cups Nutter Butter cookie crumbs
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 and 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
Peanut Butter Mousse:
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cups whipped topping (or freshly whipped cream)
Whipped cream (or whipped topping)
Nutter Butter Cookies
Preheat the oven to 275ºF and spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Crust: In a medium bowl, combine the cookie crumbs and butter. Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and press evenly into the bottom and up the sides. Chill crust in the refrigerator while you make the filling.
Filling: Place the butterscotch chips in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for one minute. Remove, stir, then microwave another 20-30 seconds until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.*
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and both sugars together until smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the Greek yogurt (or sour cream), eggs, vanilla, and salt and beat just until combined. Add the melted butterscotch chips and stir until smooth.
Pour cheesecake batter into the cooled crust, smoothing out the top. Bake for about 2 hours or until the sides of the cake are set (about 2 inches in) and the center still wiggles.
Once done, turn the oven off and keep the oven door open a few inches. Allow cheesecake to sit in the oven for 1 hour before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Mousse: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, sugar, peanut butter, and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Add 1/2 cup of the whipped topping and continue beating until lightened. Fold in the remaining 1 cup of whipped topping. Spread mousse evenly on top of completely cooled cheesecake, then refrigerate for an additional 2 hours, or until set.
To serve: Pipe or dollop whipped cream, as desired. Garnish with additional Nutter Butter cookies. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, and remove the sides. Slice and serve.
*If melted butterscotch has already started to solidify before adding it to the batter, heat in the microwave at ten second intervals until smooth again.