Cranberry Cheesecake Squares

December 2006
Cranberry Cheesecake Squares

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Impress your friends with this fake-out recipe—it starts with store-bought ingredients.

Makes: 9 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Cook: 5 mins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (5 to 6 ounces) crushed chocolate graham crackers
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 packages  (1 pound total) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons orange or lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups (about 8 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange or lemon peel
Directions
  1. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with a 14-inch-long piece of foil or parchment paper and grease the foil. In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Freeze for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, the orange juice and vanilla at medium speed until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream and mix at low speed until blended, then beat at medium-high speed until thick and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon the cream cheese mixture on top of the crumbs. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water, the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cranberries to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat and simmer until the cranberries begin to pop, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a small bowl and stir in the orange peel. Refrigerate while the cheesecake is chilling.
  4. Holding the ends of the foil, pull the cheesecake out of the pan. Cut into 9 squares. Spoon the cranberry sauce onto the cheesecake.
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