Countdown Cheesecake Recipe
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Countdown Cheesecake Recipe

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Tick-tock...tick-tock...guests will surely count down the minutes until they can dig into this creamy strawberry cheesecake, then ask for seconds.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cartons (8 ounces each) spreadable strawberry cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • Red decorating gel
  • 1 fresh strawberry, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 301 calories, 18g fat (12g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; cool.
  2. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping. Gently spread a third of the filling over crust. Arrange strawberries on top. Spoon remaining filling over berries; smooth top. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. With decorating gel, pipe numerals and the minute and hour hands for a clock dial on the cheesecake. Place strawberry halves at the tips of the clock hands. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Countdown Cheesecake in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p59

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c is for cookie User ID: 4749760 60272
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"PS: I meant to include in my previous review that, after chilling for the required time as stated in the recipe, it's even better if you stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving!"

c is for cookie User ID: 4749760 44927
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2009

"This was really quick & easy, and I was thrilled when I realized it was a no-bake. It's lighter-tasting than traditional cheesecake, and complemented our New Year's Eve turkey dinner nicely."

cindyloulu User ID: 3496762 36724
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2008

"very cool idea!"

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