Light Cherry Cheesecake

Can we talk cheesecake for a minute?

Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake - you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe!  #recipe #dessert #cheesecake

Yes? Okay, great, because I want to tell you about this one.

See, in my house, cheesecake is the one dessert we can all agree on. And by “agree,” I mean that cheesecake is a dessert that the Tall Boy will actually eat.

Last week, we went out to dinner with my in-laws, and  Doodle talked them into getting him a slice of strawberry cheesecake for dessert. We ended up taking it home, and the next evening, I spotted the Tall Boy finishing off the last bit of the slice after Doodle went to bed.

So I decided maybe I’d be a good wife and make him his own cheesecake.

Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake - you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe!  #recipe #dessert #cheesecake

Except I really love cheesecake, too.

And I sort of have this problem when it comes to dessert…it’s called no willpower.

So, I decided if I was going to have an entire cheesecake hanging out around the house, it was going to have to be a lightened up version.

Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake - you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe!  #recipe #dessert #cheesecake

This cheesecake takes only 8-ounces of reduced-fat cream cheese, and uses 3 cups of cottage cheese and half of a cup of reduced-fat sour cream.  Since I normally hate don’t care for cottage cheese, I was a little apprehensive about trying this recipe.  But guess what?

It totally worked.

I’ll be honest, this cheesecake wasn’t as heavy or rich as your normal cheesecake, but the consistency was perfect.  This cake was nice and light, perfectly creamy, and just about as guilt-free as you can get when it comes to cheesecake.

Perfectly light and creamy cherry cheesecake - you'll never guess the secret ingredient in this recipe!  #recipe #dessert #cheesecake

So I ate two slices.

That’s totally acceptable, yes?

Light Cherry Cheesecake
  • 8 graham crackers (3-by-5-inch size)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • ½ cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 bags (12 ounces each) frozen cherries
  1. Preheat oven to 325, with rack in the lower third. Spray the sides and bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers into fine crumbs. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and pulse until crumbs are moist. Press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of your springform pan. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake 15 minutes, or until crust is lightly browned.
  3. While crust is baking, combine cream cheese and cottage cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until mixture is smooth and glossy, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add in ¾ cup sugar, the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, flour and salt; mix just until filling is smooth.
  4. Pour filling into crust. Bake until the cake is just barely set in the middle; about 1 hour. Turn off your oven and let the cake cool in the oven for 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours, or up to 2 days.
  5. While cake is baking, combine frozen cherries and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large skillet. Boil until the liquid is thick and syrupy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let fruit mixture cool, then transfer to a bowl. Cover bowl, and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days.
  6. To serve, unmold cake. Transfer to a serving platter and top with cherries.
recipe from Martha Stewart

XO, Ashley

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  1. I don’t care of cottage either, so if you like it in this cheesecake, I’m sold! Pinning!
    Meghan @ The Tasty Fork recently posted..Follow Friday – This Gal CooksMy Profile

  2. Oh my goodness. A lightened up cheesecake?! My face needs some one-on-one time with this.
    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel recently posted..Strawberry Nutella Heart Pie PopsMy Profile

    • Ugh, I had a lot of one-on-one time with this. It’s hard to classify something as guilt-free when you eat half the cake yourself.

  3. My mouth is watering just looking at this cheesecake………SERIOUSLY……. Your pics are amazing.

  4. I am so glad I got to try this cheesecake. Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts so I usually eat every crumb and then feel sick (not to mention guilty for all the calories). This was fabulous and left me totally satisfied but not sick from the richness. I LOVED IT.

  5. A lightened up cherry cheesecake?! I think this quality’s it for breakfast.
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  6. Such a pretty cheesecake Ashley! And the photos are gorgeous too of course. 🙂 I’ve never had a lighter cheesecake before but it’s obviously something I will welcome with open arms lol! I love skinny desserts!
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    • I was surprised how well this turned out…it really was the perfect consistency and richness! I love skinny desserts, too!

  7. Oh wow, Ashely! I think these are the prettiest cheesecake pictures, ever! Looks so good.
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  8. It’s been wayyyyy too long since my last slice of cheesecake! This lightened up version looks to-die-for!
    ashley – baker by nature recently posted..Chocolate – Chili Roll Out CookiesMy Profile

  9. Yum-o!!! I wish I could pop over and help you demolish that cheesecake! Love that it is guilt free. You have been pinned
    Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen recently posted..Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s #9My Profile

  10. Okay I’m super intrigued by this recipe! I totally want to make it. Because I’m like you! (Hello 5 month cheesecake belly!)
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted..Truffle Stuffed Brownie PopsMy Profile

  11. First of all! I am WITH YOU on the cottage cheese. Blech. But I have had good luck with it in cheesecake. This recipe is fantastic! Thanks, Ashley!
    Heather @ SugarDish(Me) recently posted..Peanut Butter Banana Whole Wheat PancakesMy Profile

    • I’d never tried cottage cheese in cheesecake before, but it really worked well! On its own though…no way. 🙂

  12. Oh my… It looks perfect. It’s just a perfect cheesecake. Beautiful and surely delightful. I’m waitg for an occasion to make it! 🙂

  13. This cheesecake looks sooooo good Ashley! Just pinned and shared on FB 🙂
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  14. What’s the calorie count?

  15. This cheesecake looks so good! And the fact that it’s a “light” cheesecake means I get an extra piece, right? 🙂

  16. Hi, I would like to know the nutitional factors, and also can I substitute sugar with Truvia to make it even healthier x


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