Back to Readers' Favorite Recipes Chocolate Cheesecake


1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 container (16 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs and butter; mix well. Press into a 10-inch springform pan, covering the bottom and sides. Chill while preparing the filling.

In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese and 1 cup sugar with an electric beater. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and the cocoa; mix well, then pour into the chilled crust.

Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until firm. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. (Leave the oven on.) In a medium bowl, with a spoon, mix the sour cream and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well combined.

Spread over the top of the cheesecake and bake for 5 minutes.

Let cool, then refrigerate overnight before serving.

Finishing Touch: What could make this already decadent-looking and -tasting treat any more decadent, while staying within the guidelines of our healthy meal plan? Garnish it with a few fresh strawberries or raspberries. Wow! Wow!

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 slice
Yield: 16 slices
Exchanges: 1-1/2 Carbohydrate, 1 Medium-Fat Mat, 2-1/2 Fat
Nutrition: 279 calories (156 from fat), 24g Carb, 1g Fiber, 9g Protein, 17g Fat (11g Saturated)

From Mr. Food Every Day's a Holiday Diabetic Cookbook, available at Recipe © Copyright 2003 Ginsburg Enterprises Incorporated. All rights reserved.

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Last Updated: Thursday August 31, 2006 10:27:22
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