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Smart-Choice Candied Pumpkin-Topped Cheesecake

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16 servings

Thanks to reduced-fat versions of vanilla wafers and sour cream, this candied pumpkin-topped cheesecake is a better choice for dessert fans.

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  • Heat oven to 325ºF.
  • Mix wafer crumbs and butter until blended; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
  • Beat Neufchatel and granulated sugar in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add sour cream, ground cinnamon and ground cloves; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each just until blended. Pour over crust.
  • Bake 1 hour 10 min. or until center is almost set. Run knife around rim of pan to loosen cake; cool before removing rim. Refrigerate cheesecake 4 hours.
  • Meanwhile, place whole cloves and anise seed on center of 5-inch-square piece of cheesecloth; tie closed with kitchen string. Place in medium saucepan. Add water, piloncillo and cinnamon sticks; bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 40 min., stirring occasionally. Remove and discard cheesecloth pouch. Add pumpkin to water remaining in saucepan; simmer 20 min. or until pumpkin is tender, stirring occasionally. Cool completely.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks from pumpkin mixture just before serving; spoon pumpkin mixture over cheesecake. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Small Changes Add Up

Small ingredient substitutions, such as reduced-fat vanilla wafers, PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, and BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or Light Sour Cream, result in a savings of 70 calories and 9g of fat, including 5g of sat fat, per serving, when compared to a traditional recipe.

How to Prepare in 13x9-inch Pan

To bake cheesecake in a 13x9-inch pan, prepare as directed except reduce the baking time to 40 min. or until center is almost set.

If You Don't Have Cheesecloth

If you don't have cheesecloth, you can use a small paper coffee filter to make the pouch instead.


  • 16 servings

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 16 servings
Calories 340
Total fat 19g
Saturated fat 11g
Cholesterol 95mg
Sodium 340mg
Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 29g
Protein 8g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 50 %DV
Vitamin C 4 %DV
Calcium 10 %DV
Iron 6 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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