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Hazelnut Cheesecake

Yield 16 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
Frangelico gives the cheesecake a delicate hazelnut taste, while chopped hazelnuts in the crust add crunch and more nutty flavor. You can use Amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur) and almonds instead.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup reduced-fat vanilla wafer crumbs (about 30 cookies)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Cooking spray
  • Filling:
  • 2 (8-ounce) blocks 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup Frangelico (hazelnut-flavored liqueur)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 238
  • caloriesfromfat 33 %
  • fat 8.6 g
  • satfat 4.6 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 7.4 g
  • carbohydrate 31.3 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 38 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 184 mg
  • calcium 69 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare crust, combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Drizzle with butter; toss with a fork until moist. Press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

  4. To prepare filling, place cheeses in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add sour cream; beat until combined. Combine 1 1/3 cups sugar, flour, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Beating at low speed, gradually add sugar mixture to cheese mixture. Add egg whites and egg, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in liqueur and vanilla. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until cheesecake center barely moves when pan is touched. Remove cheesecake from oven; run a knife around outside edge. Cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.