Americans certainly have a love affair with peanut butter. Many of us have been eating it since childhood; bringing it in our lunches, eating it with breakfast, and having it with our snacks. Whether you prefer your peanut butter chunky or smooth, it’s a true staple of American eating,
While peanut butter dates back to the Aztecs, we really have Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (of the cereal fame) to thank for introducing it to the masses. He patented the process of turning raw peanuts into a paste that was presented as a protein substitute for patients without teeth.
This recipe for Instant Pot Peanut Butter Cheesecake brings together smooth, velvety cheesecake with our childhood friend, peanut butter. Cheesecakes are fantastic at taking on familiar flavors and transforming them into something new and interesting.
This Instant Pot Peanut Butter Cheesecake gives you two ways to add in delectable peanut butter flavor. If you want a more traditional cheesecake, you can mix the peanut butter right in with the cheesecake batter. If you’re feeling a little more artistic, and want to bring out a showstopper, you can swirl the peanut butter into the batter. This option gives a beautifully-presented cheesecake that is sure to wow your friends and family.
Why Make Cheesecake in the Instant Pot?
Ever since it made its market debut, cooks have been raving about making cheesecake in the Instant Pot. And it remains at the top of the list of popular Instant Pot recipes, because of the steamy pressure cooking environment that creates such an amazingly smooth and creamy cheesecake. Plus, it is so much faster! Traditional cheesecake recipes require over an hour of baking time, while this Instant Pot cheesecake recipe cooks in just 35 minutes (plus another 12 minutes of natural release time).
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How to Make Instant Pot Peanut Butter Cheesecake
Combine graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter and pat down on the bottom of a 7-inch springform pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and then mix in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream until smooth.
Mix in the peanut butter, OR set it aside to swirl into the cheesecake.
Pour mixture into the springform pan on top of the graham cracker crust.
Now, swirl the peanut butter into the cheesecake (if you decided to use this method).
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Run a fork back and forth through the cheesecake several times to remove any air bubbles.
Cover with foil. Pour two cups of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
Make an aluminum foil sling to lower the pan into the Instant Pot by following these 5 steps:
- Tear off about 2 feet of foil and lay on a flat surface.
- Lift the side closest to you, fold it up one-third of the way, and then press down.
- Fold the top section over the folded area and press down to make it flat.
- Place your pan in the center of the foil strip, and bring the ends up around the sides of the pan.
- While keeping your thumbs on the sides of the pan (to prevent tipping), hold the ends of the sling and lower the pan into the Instant Pot.
Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn to sealing position.
Set for a manual high-pressure time of 35 minutes. When the time has finished, allow for a natural release for 12 minutes before letting out the rest of the steam.
Cool on the counter for an hour and then put in the refrigerator and cool for an additional 4 hours.
Serve and enjoy!
Supplies for Making Cheesecakes in Pressure Cooker
- 6-inch by 3-inch Push Pan or 7-inch by 3-inch Push Pan– I recently started using a high push pan instead of a spring-form pan. In my opinion, the cheesecake looks amazing this way.
- Silicone Sling– This is an essential unless you want to make a sling out of foil every time you make a cheesecake or use a pan in the Instant Pot that needs to be lifted out.
- Large Decorating Tips– I used a decorating tip and reusable icing bag to pipe frosting onto the top of the cake. It gives the cake a prettier, more professional style.
- Reusable Decorating Bag– Do yourself a favor and invest in a nice reusable bag for decorating cakes and cupcakes. It works so much better than the disposable bags and is better for the environment. Even better, they are pretty inexpensive.
- Parchment Rounds– Pre-cut parchment rounds (and squares) are available in a variety of sizes depending on your needs. This can be a huge time-saver so you don’t have to measure and cut a circle out.
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- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- ½ cup peanut butter **
- Combine graham cracker crumbs with sugar and melted butter and pat down on the bottom of a 7-inch spring form pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Cream together the cream cheese and sugar until smooth and then mix in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream until smooth.
- Mix in the peanut butter, OR set it aside to swirl into the cheesecake.
- Pour into spring form pan on top of the graham cracker crust.
- Swirl the peanut butter into the cheesecake, if not already mixed in.
- Run a fork back and forth through the cheesecake several times to remove air bubbles.
- Cover with foil.
- Pour two cups of water into the inner pot of the Instant Pot.
- Make a sling out of aluminum foil to lower the pan into the Instant Pot.
- Close the lid of the Instant Pot and turn to sealing position.
- Set for a manual high-pressure time of 35 minutes. When the time has finished, allow for a natural release for 12 minutes before letting out the rest of the steam.
- Cool on the counter for an hour and then put in the refrigerator and cool for an additional 4 hours.
Additional time includes time to come to pressure and pressure release.
**Either mix peanut butter in with cheesecake batter, or swirl it around on top of the batter after you pour the batter into the pan. Soften the peanut butter or slightly melt before swirling.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 271 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 62mg Sodium: 167mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g