Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake. Brownies, peanut butter, Oreos and chocolate ganache. What’s not to love!
Today would have been my sister’s 50th birthday. I’m missing her more than I can say.
For those of you who don’t know, Joan Hayes, the founder of this blog died a 11 months ago from a massive heart attack. She had the typical WOMAN’S symptoms. She felt nauseous mainly and thought she had food poisoning or a stomach bug so she went to bed…. and never woke up. Just as virtually all women do, she thought she should take care of herself — not bother anyone with something as trivial as a stomach bug. It was a fatal mistake and one that women make all the time. According to the American Heart Association, Heart Disease is the number one killer of women in America.
Sadly most women are unaware that Heart Disease is a bigger threat than breast cancer and, like Joan, they’re very likely to try to self-treat when they experience serious symptoms. Be especially vigilant if you have risk factors like smoking or high blood pressure (Joan had both). Most importantly for you and your families, know the signs and don’t ignore them. It’s better to feel silly for seeing a doctor for a stomach bug, than to not see one for a heart attack.
Joan loved sweets. Although chocolate was her favorite, she loved mints, hard candies, and desserts of just about any type. So when I was thinking of what dessert to post for her birthday, it was a tough choice. When I was clearing out her house, I found a stash of Reeces Peanut Butter Cups in my sister’s room. She loved that flavor combination and clearly she was hiding them from her kids.
Joan also loved Oreos. When we were kids, we rarely had sweets and Oreos were an exceptionally rare treat. I only liked the filling so I’d eat that and give the cookies to Joan (or the dog if Joan wasn’t there). Joan loved the whole thing.
I made this Brownie Bottom Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake while I was still in Cambodia. I found the mini-oreos in a grocery store and couldn’t resist buying them. There’s nothing like a taste of home when you’ve been away for a long time. I fed it to my students at lunch and it disappeared fast. I think it was their favorite of the desserts I made while I was there.
You can use the chocolate-filled or regular oreos. I used the chocolate-filled ones for this recipe. If you don’t have min-oreos, you can use regular sized ones but I’d chop them in half or quarters so you can distribute them more throughout the cheesecake.
I think Joan would have loved the flavors in this cake. It tastes a lot like a peanut butter cup with oreos in the middle. Joan and I both love to have a little chocolate every day. I hope you have some to celebrate Joan’s birthday with those of us who knew her.
Peanut butter cheesecake layer