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Easy Mandarin Orange Cheesecake

 Easy Mandarin Orange Cheesecake
Since I'm a working mom with three young children and a husband who farms, time in the kitchen is precious. This dessert is not only easy to make, it's also pretty to look at and delicious to eat!
8 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons orange extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, optional
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained and patted dry

Directions

  • Combine crust ingredients and press into the bottom of a 9-in. pie
  • plate. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool.
  • Meanwhile, for filling, beat cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until
  • light and fluffy. Add concentrate and extract; beat well. Fold in
  • whipped cream and orange peel if desired. Spread evenly into crust.
  • Arrange oranges in decorative design on top of filling. Chill at
  • least 3 hours. Yield: 8 servings.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 461 calories, 28 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 219 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.