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New York Cheesecake (lighter recipe)

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 14 hr 5 min
  • Servings 16
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With its creamy texture and rich flavor, this light version of a classic dessert will easily pass for a high-fat indulgence!
Updated Jul 14, 2014
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  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel) , softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Berries or cut-up fresh fruit, if desired
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease side only of 9-inch springform pan with shortening.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 2 tablespoons sugar; press evenly on bottom of pan.
  • 3
    In large bowl, beat cream cheese, 1 3/4 cups sugar, the flour, orange peel, lemon peel and salt with electric mixer on medium speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Beat in egg product and egg yolks, beating on low speed until well blended. Pour over graham cracker mixture.
  • 4
    Bake 15 minutes.
  • 5
    Reduce oven temperature to 200°F. Bake 1 hour longer. Cheesecake may not appear to be done, but if a small area in the center seems soft, it will become firm as cheesecake cools. (Do not insert a knife to test for doneness because the hole could cause cheesecake to crack.) Turn off oven; leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven and cool in pan on wire rack away from drafts 30 minutes.
  • 6
    Without releasing or removing side of pan, run metal spatula along side of cheesecake to loosen. Refrigerate uncovered about 3 hours or until chilled; cover and continue refrigerating at least 9 hours but no longer than 48 hours.
  • 7
    Run metal spatula along side of cheesecake to loosen again. Remove side of pan; leave cheesecake on pan bottom to serve. Serve with berries, if desired. Store covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    The Neufchâtel found in most grocery stores is a lower-fat version of regular cream cheese, but true Neufchâtel is a soft, white, unripened cheese native to the Normandy region of France.
  • tip 2
    Planning to make your own graham cracker crumbs? You’ll need about 10 cracker squares to get the 3/4 cup of crumbs called for here. If you want to make a big batch to have on hand for other desserts, freeze crumbs in a self-sealing freezer bag.


330 Calories, 19 g Total Fat, 10 g Protein, 30 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
19 g
Saturated Fat
11 g
80 mg
390 mg
120 mg
Total Carbohydrate
30 g
Dietary Fiber
10 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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