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Christmas Cheesecake

 Christmas Cheesecake
With a cheery cherry topping and mint green garnish, this is the perfect dessert to top off a holiday dinner.
10-12 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine crumbs and butter; press onto the bottom of
  • a greased 9-in. springform pan. Chill 15 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, combine gelatin and water; let stand for 1
  • minute. Add milk; cook and stir over low heat until gelatin is
  • dissolved.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in gelatin mixture and lemon peel. Chill until partially set.
  • Fold in 2 cups whipped topping. Pour over crust. Chill until firm, at
  • least 3 hours. Spread pie filling over gelatin layer. Top with
  • remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate left-overs. Yield: 10-12
  • servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 295 calories, 17 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.