A Spectacular, Skinny Cranberry Cheesecake


cranberry cheesecake
The crimson center of this scrumptious dessert is beautifully set off by the sharp combination of sweet and tart flavors from the sugar and cranberries. It makes a wonderful finale for your holiday dinner. Each slice has 266 calories, 12 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. The full fat recipe has an shocking 674 calories and 36 grams of fat for just one slice!

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Bake Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients for Crust:

1½ cups graham cracker crumbs

2½ tablespoons reduced- fat butter or Smart Balance Light spread, melted

Ingredients for Filling:

2 (8 ounce) packages reduced-fat cream cheese (I like Philadelphia 25% less fat)

1 cup canned whole-berry cranberry sauce

Ingredients for Topping:

1½ cups canned whole-berry cranberry sauce

⅓ cup golden brown sugar

2¼ teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon vanilla

Ingredients for Final Topping:

⅓ cup all purpose flour

2 teaspoons reduced-fat butter or Smart Balance Light

½ cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9” spring form pan with cooking spray.

2. To make crust: In a medium bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.  Press crumbs into bottom of the pan.  Set aside.

3. To make filling: With an electric mixer, whip cream cheeses until smooth.  Add cranberry sauce and mix until well combined.  Spread over crust.

4. To make topping: In a small bowl mix together cranberry sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch and vanilla.  Spread evenly over the top of the filling.

5. Bake for 35 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare the final topping.

6. To make final topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, walnuts and butter until crumbly. Remove the cheesecake from the oven.  Sprinkle  topping over the baked torte.  Bake for 10 minutes more.   Remove from oven.

7.  Cool completely and refrigerate. Chill at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.

Makes 12 servings (each serving 1/12 of cheesecake, 1 slice)

Shopping Tips

You’ll need 1 entire can of whole-berry cranberry sauce for this recipe.  Ocean Spray Whole-Berry Cranberry Sauce is the brand I used.

You’ll find graham cracker crumbs boxed in the baking aisle of most supermarkets.

Prep Tip
To make your own crumbs, place the graham crackers in a plastic bag and seal.  Using a rolling pin, crush the crackers into crumbs.  You can also break up crackers and pulse in a blender to form crumbs (14 graham cracker squares = 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs)

Featured On

This recipe was featured on Daily Dish Magazine. Here’s the link: http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/favorite-recipes-7/

Weight Watchers
(old points)
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice
266 cal, 12g fat, 6g protein, 33g carbs, 1g fiber, 319mg sodium, 8g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 slice
674 cal, 36g fat, 11g protein, 75g carbs, 3g fiber, 401mg, sodium, 14g sugar

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16 Responses to “A Spectacular, Skinny Cranberry Cheesecake”

  1. Renee@Mykitchenadventures Says:

    This sounds delicious!!!

  2. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Renee!

  3. Jeni Says:

    I have this in the oven now, it smells so good! Happy Thanksgiving Nancy!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks so much Jeni. I hope you love this dessert.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  5. Brenda Says:

    I made the skinny cranberry cheesecake at Thanksgiving this year – along with a regular pumpkin pie, because I was skeptical about making a cheesecake with no eggs?!?!?! The cheesecake was the devoured and nobody ate pie! This is a fabulous cheesecake. Thanks for the great recipes – I have made many from skinny kitchen and all have been wonderful – I’ve tried several soups and they have been among the best tasting soups I have ever had.

  6. admin Says:

    Wow Brenda…What a wonderful review about my cranberry cheesecake! You’ve made my day. I’m thrilled you’ve been enjoying so many of my recipes.

  7. LisaB Says:

    A friend brought this to a get-together and it was amazing, we all loved it! I immediately hopped online to find your recipe. I’m going to make this for the next get-together but with blueberries.

  8. admin Says:

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback Lisa. This recipe is so versatile that using blueberries this time of year sounds yummy…Enjoy!
    All the best,

  9. Favorite Recipes - Daily Dish Magazine~Daily Dish Magazine Says:

    […] chose Skinny Cranberry Cheesecake from Skinny […]

  10. admin Says:

    Cindy, I was so excited to see you chose my skinny dessert for your favorite! All the recipes you featured look yummy.
    Thank you ladies!!! To see this post click on this link: http://www.foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com/favorite-recipes-7/
    All the best to you,

  11. Alicia Says:

    Just stopping by to say thanks for linking up at The Merriest Blog Hop! This recipe looks absolutely delicious. I hope we’ll see you again for the next party!

    Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

  12. admin Says:

    I love sharing on your link party each week Alicia!
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  13. Deonna Wade Says:

    Hey It’s Deonna again! This sounds super yummy. I have no kitchen creativity so I rely on people like you to come up with yummy ideas. I love cranberries.

  14. admin Says:

    You’re so funny Deonna. Have fun!

  15. Jan Schatzer Says:

    Thank you so much! I was trying to make a Weight Watcher Thanksgiving meal that my whole family will love. With your recipes I think Ive got a fantastic meal for all! Thank you for all the ideas!

  16. admin Says:

    I’m so happy to hear it Jan. Happy, Skinny Thanksgiving!

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