Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe
Becky Luigart-Stayner
Cooking Light fans rave about this rich, creamy pumpkin cheesecake with a vanilla wafer crust that has only 256 calories per slice and less than 10 grams of fat.

Yield:

16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 256
Caloriesfromfat 34 %
Fat 9.8 g
Satfat 5.3 g
Monofat 2.9 g
Polyfat 0.5 g
Protein 11.4 g
Carbohydrate 29.3 g
Fiber 1.4 g
Cholesterol 86 mg
Iron 1.2 mg
Sodium 479 mg
Calcium 172 mg

Ingredients

Crust:
56 reduced-fat vanilla wafers (about 8 ounces)
1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine, melted
Cooking spray
Filling:
3 (8-ounce) blocks fat-free cream cheese, softened
2 (8-ounce) blocks 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash of allspice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare crust, place wafers in a food processor; pulse 2 to 3 times or until finely ground. Add butter; pulse 10 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Firmly press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

To prepare filling, beat cheeses with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add the granulated sugar and next 8 ingredients (granulated sugar through vanilla), beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add pumpkin; beat well.

Pour cheese mixture into prepared crust; bake at 325° for 1 1/2 hours or until almost set. (Cheesecake is done when the 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.

Note:

December 2000
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