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Orange Cream Cheesecake

I love serving this impressive-looking cheesecake with its pretty layers and silky-smooth texture. The combination of orange gelatin, cream cheese and whipped topping is simply irresistible. -Madonna Faunce, Boise, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Citrus fruits and lemon balm, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, cinnamon, orange zest and butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 10-in. springform pan. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Prepare orange gelatin according to package directions. Set aside 1/2 cup at room temperature. Chill remaining gelatin until slightly thickened, 40-60 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the milk, orange juice concentrate, lemon juice and vanilla. Beat on medium-high speed 2 minutes longer.
  • In a small bowl, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water until gelatin is completely dissolved. Stir into the room-temperature orange gelatin. Stir into cream cheese mixture, then fold in whipped topping. Pour into crust.
  • For topping, in a large bowl, beat whipped topping and sugar. Beat in refrigerated orange gelatin (mixture will be thin). Chill for 30 minutes. Gently spoon over filling (pan will be full). Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove sides of pan. Garnish with fruit and lemon balm if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 433 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 248mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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