Wednesday, February 23, 2011

No Bake Cheesecake

I have had this recipe for a looooong time.  About 14-15 years.  I make it about twice a year because we love it.  I would make it more, but it is very rich.  Not good when you have been loosing weight.  I have been, slower then when I started this weight loss journey, but that is to be expected, as I am eating more of the things I didn't eat in the beginning.  I want to eat like I always will, not a diet, but a new way of eating.  I have learned everything in moderation.  If I deprive myself of something I become obsessed with it until I overdue it.  SOOOOOO, if I want a piece of cheesecake, then I will eat a piece of cheesecake, but one piece.  Not the whole cake.  That being said, this is my cheesecake of choice....

No Bake Cheesecake

2 packages cream cheese, softened
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 carton cool whip (8 oz.)
1 9 inch graham cracker crust or homemade crust (recipe below)
1 can pie filling (21 oz.) (cherry, blueberry, mixed berry.... your favorite)

 Filling Directions:

In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar.  Beat until light and fluffy.  About 5 minutes.  Remove from mixer and fold in the whipping cream.  Spoon into the crust.  Top with the pie filling and refrigerate.

Homemade Graham Cracker Crust
2 individual packages graham crackers (not boxes) finely crushed. I crushed them in my food processor. Once crushed, add 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Mix well. Put this crust mixture into the pan of your choice. I used my 9 inch springform pan. Pat crust down well to form a nice tight crust. Throw in the fridge while you make the filling.