Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake with Persimmon Ornaments

I used Betty Crocker's Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix for the crust and looking for ways to reduce calories in the filling. I used monkfruit (or stevia if monkfruit is not available) and also reduced the fat by incorporating yoghurt and low-fat cream cheese. 


Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • 1 stick Softened Butter
  • 1 Egg

Yoghurt + Light Cream Cheese Cheesecake Filling Ingredients:

  • 350 grams Yoghurt (Plain or Greek) at room temperature
  • 227 grams Low Fat Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Stevia in the raw (or sugar) or 2 scoops of Monkfruit
  • pinch Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Corn Starch


Crust Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F or 190C
  2. Mix all ingredients with a large spoon. Place the parchment paper round in the bottom of the pan and spray the whole inside of the pan with oil.
  3. When the cookie mixture is thoroughly mixed, take about a cup of the cookie dough and spread evenly in the bottom of the pan. Take the rest of the cookie dough and make small cookies on the cookie sheet. Bake both the crust on one rack in the oven and the cookies on another rack.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown and slightly pulling away from the sides. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside to cool.

Cheesecake Directions:

  1. Lower temperature to 350 F or 180C
  2. Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl combine eggs, stevia, yoghurt, cream cheese and vanilla on medium speed. Blend until smooth about 1 minute. Then add cornstarch, add a pinch of salt and blend briefly.
  3. Pour cheesecake filling into pan with baked crust.
  4. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. When the cheesecake is done it will still move a little but will have a “done” look. The edges of the cake should pull away from the sides of the pan slightly. Do not overbake.
  5. Let cool in the refrigerator lightly covered with foil for 2-3 hours . When you remove the cheesecake from the refrigerator, let sit for 5-10 minutes to warm up slightly. Then gently release the spring form pan. If it cracks a little, do not worry about it. That is normal.
  6. Decorate with fruit cut with pastry cutters and broken cookies. Serve with extra cookies if desired.

Recipe Notes

Other Items:

8 or 9 inch slipform pan

Greased cookie sheet

1 piece of parchment paper to fit in bottom of pan