12 fake-out fabulous desserts for the holidays

Photo by: Charles Schiller | Recipe by Tracey Seaman
Cranberry Cheesecake Squares-
Fake Out! This no-bake, creamy cheesecake sits on a chocolate-graham crust.

9 Servings | Prep 20 min + chilling | Cook... more 
Photo by: Charles Schiller | Recipe by Tracey Seaman
Cranberry Cheesecake Squares-
Fake Out! This no-bake, creamy cheesecake sits on a chocolate-graham crust.

9 Servings | Prep 20 min + chilling | Cook 5 min

Ingredients:
2 cups (5 to 6 ounces) crushed chocolate graham crackers
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 packages (1 pound total) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 teaspoons orange or lemon juice
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups (about 8 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange or lemon peel

Directions:
1. Line a 9-inch square baking dish with a 14-inch-long piece of foil or parchment paper and grease the foil. In a medium bowl, mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of the baking dish. Freeze for 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, the orange juice and vanilla at medium speed until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the heavy cream and mix at low speed until blended, then beat at medium-high speed until thick and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon the cream cheese mixture on top of the crumbs. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. In a saucepan, bring ½ cup water, the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cranberries to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring once or twice. Lower the heat and simmer until the cranberries begin to pop, 2 to 3 mi less 
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Tue, Nov 8, 2011 7:32 PM EST
Each of these 12 delicious, party-friendly holiday desserts comes together in about a half hour, more or less-with help from a few store-bought ingredients.