Tuesday, October 9, 2012

No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Squares

Pumpkin week continues with this refreshing no-bake dessert. Pumpkin, orange, and ginger snap crust make this dessert a perfect fall treat. Not a fan of ginger snaps? No problem, simply substitute graham crackers.  

Buon Appetito in Autunno!

No-Bake Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Squares
source: adapted from Better Homes and Gardens recipe
yields: 12 servings
chill: overnight
calories* 316
fat grams* 23.5

  • 3/4
    cup finely crushed ginger snaps or graham crackers
  • 2
    tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1
    ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
  • 1/2
    cup sugar or sugar substitute 
  • 1/2
    cup fat-free milk
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2
    teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
  • 2
    ounce package fat-free cream cheese
  • 1
    15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1
    teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1
    envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4
    cup orange juice

    1.   For crust, in a medium bowl, stir together crushed graham crackers and melted butter until crackers are moistened. Press mixture onto bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Cover and chill while preparing filling.

    2.   For filling, in a food processor or blender, combine the reduced-fat cream cheese, 1/4 cup of the sugar, 1/4 cup of the milk, the vanilla, and orange peel. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.

    3.   In a food processor or blender, combine fat-free cream cheese, pumpkin, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, remaining 1/4 cup milk, and the pumpkin pie spice. Cover and process or blend until smooth.

    4.   In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over orange juice; let stand for 5 minutes. Cook and stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Stir 1 tablespoon of the gelatin mixture into the white cream cheese mixture and the remaining gelatin mixture into the pumpkin mixture.

    5.   Pour pumpkin mixture over chilled crust in pan. Carefully pour white cream cheese mixture over pumpkin mixture. Using a narrow, thin-bladed metal spatula or a table knife, swirl pumpkin and white mixtures.
    6.   Cover and chill overnight before serving. To serve, using a small sharp knife, loosen cheesecake from side of springform pan; remove side of pan. Cut into wedges. Makes 12 servings.

    *Nutritional facts are calculated using www.caloriecount.about.com and are approximate. 

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