classic cheesecake

classic cheesecake

prep time: 30 minutes
cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes
ready in: 2 hours 15 minutes

makes: 16 servings, 1 slice each


  • 40 vanilla wafers
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 2½ cups low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
  • 12 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese (not nonfat) cut into pieces
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Coat a 9-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray. Wrap the outside of the pan with a double thickness of foil.
  3. In a food processor, grind vanilla wafers, then slowly add oil and process until the crumbs are moistened. Press crumbs evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. In a clean food processor bowl, puree cottage cheese until smooth, scraping down sides. Add cream cheese, granulated sugar and cornstarch; process until very smooth. Add eggs, yogurt and vanilla; process until smooth.
  5. Pour over crust. Place cheesecake in a shallow roasting pan and pour in enough boiling water around the pan to come 1/2 inch up the outside of the spring-form pan.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 1½–1¾ hours, or until edges are set. Turn off oven, spray a knife with cooking spray and run it around the inside edge of the pan.
  7. Let cheesecake stand in the oven, with the door open, for 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from water bath. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chilled, about 2 hours.

Per Serving: 210 calories, 9g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 55mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 19g sugars, 8g protein