We have officially signed our new lease for our brand new apartment. I am beyond thrilled. On top of everything I’ve already told you about the new place, we finally got to meet with the landlord in person and he told us that he built the building himself less than two years ago. I can’t believe we were lucky enough to find such a new place in such a great location! I knew it was new, but not that new. I can’t remember the last time I was inside of a building that was less than 15 years old. No more creaky floors that feel like a fun house mirror when you walk on them, no more leaky sinks, no more windows that don’t open all the way, and no more doors that shake in the wind. Right now, we have an entrance to the roof through one of our rooms and the door just barely stays shut – it makes the most awful noise on even just semi-windy days and nights. Our current building is going through quite a time – it’s actually in foreclosure at the moment. Our landlords keep insisting that we are to pay rent to them, while the paperwork we’ve been given by a representative tells us to pay rent to a receiver, and that receiver keeps telling us that he cannot advise us at this time and to just do nothing. I feel really uncomfortable with the situation and I am so happy that we will be out of here soon. People have even started scrawling messages on the walls and windows in the front of the building near the mailboxes. They’ve been writing notes such as “Don’t pay rent!” or “Max (the building’s owner) is a liar!” It’s unsettling, knowing that you’re living in a place that isn’t completely secure. By the way, one of those notes was painted onto the wall with cigarette ashes – how lovely! My new building, on the other hand, only has ten apartments in the entire building and is very well kept and clean. Now, all we have to do is pack.
I made these Peanut Butter Cheesecake Oreo Bites as a quick dessert to bring to my sister-in-law’s apartment on Christmas Day. As I explained before, she hosted a little “Festivus” celebration for us, her boyfriend, and a neighbor of theirs. I brought Split Pea Soup, but she really went all out and made a ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pasta, cinnamon rolls and an amazing apple pie with a beautiful crust. I didn’t want to come over with just soup, so I whipped these up in about 30 minutes. They’re very simple and will please just about anyone, as all they are composed of is cream cheese, peanut butter and Oreos. They are essentially a 10-year-old’s dream come true (or in my case, my 23-year-old husband’s dream come true). I used crunchy peanut butter for some extra texture (be honest, the only good peanut butter is crunchy peanut butter) and mixed that with some regular cream cheese, placed a dollop of the mixture on top of some Oreos, baked the whole thing, and ta-da! I had a little bite-sized dessert ready to go. I don’t know a single soul who can turn his or her nose up at an Oreo, especially when they’re topped with peanut butter.
Your ingredients. I couldn’t help opening up the package for a treat while baking!
Line your tins with muffin cups and place an Oreo inside of each.
Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add in the peanut butter, beat until combined, then add in the egg and vanilla, and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go.
Place dollops (about 2-3 tablespoons) of the cream cheese mixture on top of each Oreo.
Crush up the 7 Oreos you had set aside.
Sprinkle the tops of the peanut butter-cream cheese mixture with the Oreo crumbs, pressing down a bit to be sure that they stick. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until just barely turning golden.
Allow to cool before removing.
- 1 package Oreos (15 for the bites, 7 for crushing over the top)
- 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup peanut butter (I used crunchy, but creamy is fine, too)
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line 15 muffin cups with liners and place an Oreo in the bottom of each. Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy, around 3 minutes. Add in the peanut butter, and beat until combined. Add in the egg and vanilla, and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is evenly mixed.
- Place a dollop of the cream cheese mixture on top of each Oreo (2-3 tablespoons each). Crush the 7 Oreos that you set aside and sprinkle them over each muffin cup, pressing down into the cream cheese mixture a bit to ensure that they stick. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are just barely turning golden. Allow to cool completely before enjoying with a tall glass of milk.