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Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

Cranberry Orange CheesecakeChopped fresh cranberries, grated orange peel and the tang of gingersnaps make this a holiday festive cheesecake.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/3 cups gingersnap crumbs
3 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*
3 tablespoons stick butter or margarine, melted

Cheesecake:
3 (8-ounce each) packages low-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup Equal® Spoonful**
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup low-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
Additional grated orange peel (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: Combine gingersnap crumbs, 3 tablespoons Equal® and melted butter. Reserve 2 tablespoons crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake in preheated 325°F (160°C) oven 8 minutes. Cool on wire rack while preparing cheesecake.
  2. For Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and 1 cup Equal® in mixing bowl on medium speed of mixer until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites, cornstarch and salt. Fold in sour cream and vanilla until combined. Gently stir in cranberries and orange peel.
  3. Pour batter over baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake in preheated oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.
  4. To serve, remove side of pan. Garnish top of cheesecake with grated orange peel, if desired. Cut cake into wedges.

Makes 16 servings.

*May substitute 4 1/2 packets Equal sweetener.

**May Substitute 24 packets Equal sweetener.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of cheesecake): calories 196, protein 7 g, carbohydrate 13 g, fat 13 g, cholesterol 62 mg, sodium 268 mg.

Food Exchanges: 1 milk; 2 1/2 fat.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Merisant Corporation ® and the NutraSweet Company, makers of Equal®.

Information on the artificial sweetener Aspartame.