If the cranberry mixture gets too thick, add a tablespoon of water and whirl it around in the food processor. You can also make this in an 8-inch springform pan; it'll be very full, so you should cook over a foil-lined baking sheet. Cook time will be the same.

Ann Taylor Pittman
Recipe by Cooking Light December 2010

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Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Cindy DiPrima

Recipe Summary

Yield:
12 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375°.

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  • Wrap outside and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan tightly with a double layer of heavy-duty foil.

  • Place crackers in a food processor; process until finely ground. Drizzle with oil; pulse until combined. Press mixture into bottom and 1/2 inch up sides of prepared pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes; cool on a rack.

  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°.

  • Place cranberries, sugar, liqueur, and water in a saucepan; boil. Cook 8 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture is syrupy. Cool 20 minutes. Place mixture in a food processor; process 1 minute or until smooth.

  • Combine 1 cup sugar and cheeses in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in yogurt, vanilla, and salt. Add whole eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

  • Place 2 egg whites in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form using clean, dry beaters. Fold beaten egg whites into cream cheese mixture. Pour filling over crust. Spoon cranberry mixture over filling; swirl together using the tip of a knife. Place springform pan in a 13 x 9-inch metal baking pan. Add hot water to pan to a depth of 2 inches. Bake at 325° for 50 minutes or until center of cheesecake barely moves when pan is touched.

  • Turn oven off. Cool cheesecake in closed oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven. Run a knife around outside edge. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; fat 14.1g; saturated fat 6.1g; mono fat 5g; poly fat 1.5g; protein 10g; carbohydrates 37.8g; fiber 0.9g; cholesterol 81mg; iron 0.5mg; sodium 333mg; calcium 81mg.