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Cheesecake with Berries

This recipe offers a grand finale that will bring rave reviews. It’s so rich and tasty, you’ll have a hard time believing it’s light. This creamy cheesecake is ideal for any special occasion. —Julie Kocur, Abingdon, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1-2/3 cups crushed reduced-fat vanilla wafers (about 50 wafers)
  • Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat butter, melted
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries


  • Combine wafer crumbs, sugar substitute and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1/2 in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and cornstarch until smooth. Beat in the eggs, whites and vanilla on low speed just until combined. Pour into crust.
  • Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Place in a large baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
  • Bake at 300° for 40-45 minutes or just until center is set and top appears dull. Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove sides of pan. Cut into slices; top with strawberries. Refrigerate leftovers.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener and Land O'Lakes light stick butter.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 256 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.
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