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Holiday Cheesecake

 Holiday Cheesecake
From St. Joseph, Michigan, Meredith Dodson writes, “I modified a few different cheesecake recipes to create this creamy, lower-fat version. It makes a beautiful ending to a fancy holiday dinner.”
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 55 min. + chilling


  • 1 cup reduced-fat cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (about 5 whole crackers)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten


  • In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the
  • bottom of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray. Place on
  • a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool
  • on a wire rack.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar and water. Cook
  • over medium heat until berries pop, about 10 minutes; cool.

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Holiday Cheesecake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven filling ingredients; beat
  • until blended. Add eggs and egg whites; beat on low speed just until
  • combined. Pour over crust.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in.
  • square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan;
  • add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until center is just set and
  • top appears dull. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack
  • for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen;
  • cool 1 hour longer.
  • Gently spoon cranberry mixture over cheesecake. Refrigerate
  • overnight. Remove sides of pan before cutting. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Land O'Lakes light stick butter and Splenda No Calorie Sweetener.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 230 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 335 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 10 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 fat.