These are very tasty mini peanut butter cheesecake bites that are easy to make and easy to portion. They give you a bit of sweet, salty and savory. I think these make a great alternative to cupcakes!
For the Crust:
1-1/2c graham cracker crumbs
1/4c butter, melted
couple dashes salt
For the Filling:
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2c creamy peanut butter
Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12-count muffin tin with 12 cupcake cups.
In a bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar, and salt until well combined. Using a tablespoon, scoop a heaping tablespoon into the bottom of each cup. Use the rounded back of the tablespoon to press crust down into cup and slightly up the sides. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth, being sure to scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Beat again until smooth. While mixer is going, sprinkle in the flour, then add the eggs one at a time until creamy and fully incorporated.
Scoop the peanut butter mixture into a piping bag or gallon-sized plastic zip bag with the tip cut off. Squeeze the mixture into cups, using a circular motion until almost full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until centers are set. Allow to cool to room temperature on a cooling rack. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate and serve later.