Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 bag (12 oz) frozen raspberries, thawed

  2. 1/3 cup sugar

  3. 2 tsp cornstarch mixed with

  4. 1 Tbsp water Crust

  5. 12 to 15 whole chocolate graham crackers, depending on brand (see Step 3)

  6. 1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) cold butter, cut up Filling

  7. 3 bricks (8 oz each) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened

  8. 1/4 cup sugar

  9. 1 Tbsp cornstarch

  10. 3 large eggs, at room temperature

  11. 2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream

  12. 11/2 tsp vanilla extract

  13. 8 oz white baking chocolate, melted as pkg directs Decorations: raspberries and small mint sprigs

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Sauce: Press raspberries with a rubber spatula through a fine strainer set over a small saucepan; discard pulp and seeds. Stir in sugar. Heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Stir cornstarch mixture into raspberry mixture and bring to a boil, stirring just until thickened. Cool.

  2. Heat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8 x 3-in. springform pan with nonstick spray.

  3. Crust: Break graham crackers into food processor. Process until fine crumbs form. Measure crumbs (you’ll need 11/2 cups), processing more if necessary. Add butter; process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer to prepared pan; pat firmly over bottom and a scant 2 in. up sides (no need to be even).

  4. Filling: Beat cream cheese, sugar and cornstarch in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until blended. Beat in sour cream and vanilla, then white chocolate until blended. Pour into crust.

  5. To decorate: Starting 1 in. from edge of pan, using photo as a guide, drop 12 evenly spaced 1/2-in. round puddles of raspberry sauce in a circle on cake batter. Make a second circle of 1/4-in. puddles 1 in. from first circle and a third ring of very small puddles 1 in. from second circle. Starting with outer circle, pull tip of a toothpick through each puddle to form hearts. Pull pick through puddles in second circle in opposite direction. Repeat direction used in first circle in inside ring of puddles. Refrigerate remaining sauce to serve with cheesecake.

  6. Bake cake 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 250°F and bake 11/4 hours or until center just barely jiggles when shaken. Turn off oven (leave door closed); cool cake in oven 1 hour, then remove pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. Carefully run a thin knife around edge of pan to release cake. Remove pan sides; place cake on a serving plate. Place in cake keeper or cover with a bowl or pot. Refrigerate at least 4 hours.

  8. About 1 hour before serving: Remove cake and sauce to room temperature. Garnish cake with raspberries and mint sprigs. Serve with the sauce. Planning Tip: Can be completed up to 4-days ahead. Refrigerate covered.


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