Cranberry Cheesecake Tart Recipe
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Cranberry Cheesecake Tart Recipe

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“I created this recipe to reduce the sugar and fat in the original high-calorie version,” notes Diane Halferty of Corpus Christi, Texas. “Although it uses sugar substitute and reduced-fat ingredients, you can’t tell the difference between this dessert and the original.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 223 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 177 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 starch 1 fruit


  1. Press pastry onto the bottom and up the sides of a 10-in. tart pan with removable bottom. Bake at 400° for 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and water until smooth. Add cranberries. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir for 3-5 minutes or until thickened and berries have popped. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature. Stir in the sugar substitute.
  3. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and 1 cup whipped topping until smooth; add lemon peel. Spread over pastry; top with cranberry mixture. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until set. Garnish with remaining whipped topping. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda no-calorie sweetener.
Originally published as Cranberry Cheesecake Tart in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p53

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Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"I use the sauce for the traditional cheesecake I make and it's delicious!!"

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