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French Cheesecake Recipe

Updated on August 23, 2017

Fluffy and Light

Here is a recipe for a good light french cheesecake. It's not as thick and strong flavored as the New York kind because it is made with lighter cheese and it has a whipped texture. That's the difference between the two types. It is very delicious plain, or you can add any fresh or canned fruit topping of your choice, such as cherries, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries to make it even better.

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Old School Recipe

I got this recipe from a Home Ec. cooking class in school many years ago. We learned how to bake and make muffins, biscuits, cookies, and cheesecake. This was the best homemade recipe that I had ever tasted. I still make it a lot.


5 large graham crackers

1 TB. sugar

2 TB. melted margarine

Crush the crackers on wax paper with a rolling pin. Mix with the sugar. Save 1 TB for garnish. Add the melted margarine and mix it up with a fork. Press the crust mixture onto the bottom and sides of a pie pan.

Filling Ingredients

1/3 Cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin

1/3 Cup Milk

3 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 Package of Dream Whip plus 1/4 Cup Milk

Filling Directions

Combine half of the sugar with the gelatin in a small pan. Stir in the milk. Heat until the gelatin dissolves. (It will no longer have shiny crystals.) Use low heat, do not boil. Set the pan in cold water to chill until the mixture begins to thicken. Beat the dream whip until stiff peaks form, set aside.


Beat the cream cheese, remaining sugar, and vanilla in a medium size mixing bowl. Blend in the chilled gelatin mixture. Fold in the dream whip. Pour into the crumb lined pan and garnish with the 1 TB of crumbs. Chill 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Add cherry pie filling or fresh fruit, if desired, when serving.

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens, I like cheesecake topped with strawberries or raspberries

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      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      This looks good for after eating a heavy meal. Sometimes I can't get through a whole piece of regular cheesecake with a full stomach. I will have to show this to my wife. Maybe she will make one for me.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens.Only one thing, I am hungry now, a piece of cheese cake would be nice. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      My personal preference is a real cheescake made with 2 pound of cream cheese, no gelatin and absolutely no chemical laden cool whip. LOL. I am a purist when it comes to cheesecake! Lovely lens though and I'll bet your cream cheese desert is tasty just the same.

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      Linda Pogue 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      Looks delicious!

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      6 years ago

      I will try your recipe. Thanks!

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      6 years ago from State of Confusion

      Fruit is fine but I am biased. Chocolate Cheese Cake is where its at.

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      6 years ago

      I love any kind of cheesecake thanks for the new recipe!

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      7 years ago

      Your lens is a mouth watering delight! :)

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      7 years ago

      I agree with Tipi! Make a meal out of it :)

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      7 years ago

      I'd say, forget about the snack or dessert idea and take a big piece to make it a meal!

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      7 years ago

      I am definitely going to make this one :) :) Thanks!!!!!!

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      Sharon Berry 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      This recipe sounds yummy. I make cheesecake for my granddaughter, it's her favorite. I make my crust just like your recipe except instead of white sugar I use brown sugar. Love your style.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens, I love cheesecake enough that I too have built a cheesecake lens.

      A Like, A Share and A Lensroll with my Fruitcake Versus Cheesecake lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. I love good Cheesecake and this sounds delicious.

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      8 years ago

      I love cheesecake, this looks great! thanks

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      8 years ago

      Love cheesecake. Your recipe sounds divine.

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      Laraine Sims 

      9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Great recipe - not too hard and I'm looking forward to making it.


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