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Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecake

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I wanted to make something based on my friend’s love of a PB&J sandwich. This recipe has decadent layers of peanut butter and a thick swirl of preserves—it truly feels as if you’re biting into a sweeter, dessert version of your favorite childhood sandwich. —Melinda Buchman, Rock Hill, NY

Prep: 35 min+ chilling Bake: 11/4 hours + cooling Makes: 16 servings

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon 6 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 tsp. cinnamon sugar

1 jar (16.3 oz.) creamy peanut butter

2 Tbsp. 2% milk

FILLING

3 pkg. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

2 tsp. vanilla extract

4 large eggs, room temperatur­e, lightly beaten

11/2 cups seedless raspberry preserves

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Wrap the foil securely around the pan. Place on a baking sheet. In a bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon; stir in butter. Press onto bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake until crust starts to brown,

6-8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Reduce oven setting to 325°.

2. Beat peanut butter and milk until combined. Spread over cooled crust; set aside. In another large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over crust. In a saucepan, stir together preserves and lemon juice over medium heat until preserves melt. Spoon mixture by tablespoon­fuls over top. Cut through the batter with a knife to swirl. Place springform pan in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.

3. Bake until center is just set and top appears dull, about 11/4 hours. (Center of cheesecake will jiggle when moved.) Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove foil. Cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerat­e overnight, covering when completely cooled.

1 PIECE 541 cal., 36g fat (15g sat. fat), 101mg chol., 338mg sod., 49g carb. (40g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g pro.

 ??  ?? Are you a sweet-andsalty lover? Top with chopped salted peanuts—or even crumbled bacon!
Are you a sweet-andsalty lover? Top with chopped salted peanuts—or even crumbled bacon!

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