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Mallow Cranberry Cheesecake

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour + chilling

Makes

12 servings

Specks of cranberry sauce dot this cool and creamy cheesecake. The sugared cranberries on top are optional.—Gloria Colton, Russell, New York
Mallow Cranberry Cheesecake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • SUGARED CRANBERRIES:
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries, thawed
  • 2/3 cup superfine sugar
  • Orange slice and orange peel strips, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, nuts and sugar. Stir in butter. Press onto the bottom of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved; cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and marshmallow creme until smooth. Beat in cranberry sauce. Add cooled gelatin; mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Pour over crust. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  5. In a microwave-safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds, until gelatin is completely dissolved. Whisk until slightly frothy.
  6. Lightly brush mixture over all sides of berries. Place on a wire rack over waxed paper; sprinkle with superfine sugar. Let stand at room temperature for up to 24 hours (do not refrigerate or the sugar will dissolve).
  7. Just before serving, carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen. Spoon sugared cranberries over cheesecake. If desired, top with orange slice and orange peel strips.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 474 calories, 29g fat (16g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 229mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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