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Sparkling Mandarin Orange Cheesecake Dessert

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If you're looking to impress a crowd one layer at a time, this Sparkling Mandarin Orange Cheesecake Dessert fits the bill handily.
25 min
4 hr 40 min
16 servings
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What You Need

cups  boiling water
pkg.  (8-serving size) JELL-O Sparkling Mandarin Orange Flavor Gelatin
cups  cold ginger ale
cups  graham cracker crumbs
cup  (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
cup  sugar, divided
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
tub  (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
cups  assorted fruit, such as red and green grape halves

Make It

STIR boiling water into dry gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Stir in cold ginger ale. Refrigerate 1 hour and 15 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites).

MIX cracker crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup of the sugar in 13x9-inch baking dish. Press firmly onto bottom of dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.

BEAT cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Gently stir in whipped topping; spread evenly onto crust. Arrange fruit, in rows, over cream cheese layer; spoon thickened gelatin over fruit. Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Size Wise
Sweets can add enjoyment to a balanced diet, but remember to keep tabs on portions.
Great Substitutes
Substitute club soda for the ginger ale, 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Sparkling Mandarin Orange Flavor Gelatin for the 1 pkg. (8-serving size) gelatin and strawberry halves, blueberries, raspberries and/or mandarin oranges for the grape halves.
How to Soften Cream Cheese
Place completely unwrapped package of cream cheese in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or just until softened. Add 15 sec. for each additional package of cream cheese.
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