Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is a really yummy dessert and requires no baking. The texture is different and is less sweet than the traditional cheesecakes. If you like very sweet desserts, double the amount of sugar in the recipe or serve it with sweetened whipped cream.

INGREDIENTS

¾ cup finely crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 8-ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel)
½ cup sugar
½ cup fat-free milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese
1 15-ounce can pumpkin
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
¼ cup water 

DIRECTIONS

1.For crust: In a medium bowl, stir together crushed graham crackers and melted butter until crackers are moistened. Press mixture onto bottom of an 8-inch springform pan. Cover and chill while preparing filling.

2.For filling: In a food processor or blender, combine the reduced-fat cream cheese, ¼ cup of the sugar, ¼ cup of the milk, and the vanilla. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.

3.In a food processor or blender, combine cream cheese, pumpkin, remaining ¼ cup sugar, remaining ¼ cup milk, and the pumpkin pie spice. Cover and process or blend until smooth.

4.In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water; let stand for 5 minutes. Cook and stir over low heat until gelatin is dissolved. Stir 1 tablespoon of the gelatin mixture into the white cream cheese mixture and the remaining gelatin mixture into the pumpkin mixture.

5.Pour pumpkin mixture over chilled crust in pan. Carefully pour white cream cheese mixture over pumpkin mixture. Using a narrow, thin-bladed metal spatula or a table knife, swirl pumpkin and white mixtures.

6.Cover and chill overnight before serving. To serve, using a small sharp knife, loosen cheesecake from side of springform pan; remove side of pan. Cut into wedges. Makes 12 servings.

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