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Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

Mocha Swirl CheesecakeEye catching dessert of cheesecake with a coffee-chocolate mixture swirled throughout. This cheesecake has 47% fewer calories than the original thanks to Equal® and reduced fat dairy products.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds
3 tablespoons stick butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*

Cheesecake:
3 (8-ounce each) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Equal® Spoonful**
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful***
1 1/4 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Crust: Combine chocolate crumbs, pecans, butter and 3 tablespoons Equal®. Press onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside while preparing cheesecake.
  2. For Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and 3/4 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.
  3. Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter. Stir in 3 tablespoons Equal®, instant coffee crystals and cocoa until well combined. Pour half of plain batter over crust. Top with 5 spoonfuls of coffee batter. Using tip of knife or spatula, gently swirl coffee batter into cheesecake. Repeat with remaining batters.
  4. Bake in preheated 325°F 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. To serve, remove side of pan. Cut cake into wedges.

Makes 16 servings.

*May substitute 4 1/2 packets Equal sweetener

**May substitute 18 packets Equal sweetener

***May substitute 4 1/2 packets Equal sweetener

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): calories 171, protein 7 g, carbohydrate 9 g, fat 12 g, cholesterol 56 mg, sodium 283 mg.

Food Exchanges: 1 milk, 2 fat.

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

Information on the artificial sweetener Aspartame.