Apricot cheesecake

Total Time
1 hr 50 min
20 min
1 hr 30 min
You will never believe that this creamy yet tangy cheesecake is a low-calorie treat! And it'll become a go-to favorite for any apricot lover. Thanks to using reduced-fat graham crackers, dried apricot halves and apricot preserves, low-fat cottage cheese, and fat-free cream cheese for the crust and filling, this is a cheesecake that you can enjoy again and again. Just keep in mind that the cake not only has to cool in the oven, then completely on a wire rack, but it's best after it's had all day to chill in the fridge so it can set up properly. This is a fun make-ahead dessert that you can have ready in the fridge for whenever you need it.


Reduced-fat cinnamon honey graham cracker

22 small, squares, (or 11 whole)


3 Tbsp

Dried apricot halves

cup(s), finely chopped

Apricot preserves


1% low fat cottage cheese

2½ cup(s)

Reduced fat cream cheese (neufchâtel)

6 oz

Fat free cream cheese

6 Tbsp

Lemon zest

1 Tbsp, grated

Vanilla extract

2 tsp


1 cup(s)


1 large egg(s)

Egg whites

3 large


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a food processor, crush the graham crackers; pulse in the honey. Transfer to a 9-inch springform pan, pressing over the bottom and 1 inch up the sides. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a small nonstick saucepan, combine apricots and preserves. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. In the food processor, blend cottage cheese, Neufchatel, cream cheese, lemon zest and vanilla until smooth, 1-2 minutes. Add sugar, egg and egg whites; process until just blended. Reserve 1 cup of batter in food processor; pour remaining batter into pan.
  4. Scrape apricot mixture into processor and puree. Spoon the apricot mixture over batter in dollops. With blunt side of knife, swirl in a decorative fashion. Bake until cheesecake is almost set in center, about 45 minutes. Turn off the oven, prop open oven door with a wooden spoon and let cheesecake cool in oven 30 minutes; cool completely on rack. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 day.