Desserts with a Light Touch
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Desserts with a Light Touch

These four great light dessert recipes from our New Dieter's Cookbook will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Cherry-Peach Cobbler

Calories: 202

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Baking time: 20 minutes

We cut the calories and fat by using fat-free yogurt to tenderize the biscuit-like topping on this traditional homespun cobbler.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened sliced, peeled peaches
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened pitted tart red cherries
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed
  • Ground nutmeg (optional)


1. For topping, in a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, the 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, and the 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter or margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.

2. For filling, in a large saucepan stir together the 1/2 cup sugar and the cornstarch. Stir in 1/3 cup water. Add the peaches and cherries. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Keep the filling hot while finishing topping.

3. To finish topping, stir together the yogurt and egg product. Add yogurt mixture to flour mixture, stirring just to moisten.

4. Transfer filling to a 2-quart square baking dish, using a spoon.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Calories: 142

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Chilling time: 4 to 24 hours

A blend of low-fat ricotta cheese and fat-free cream cheese keeps this cheesecake within reach of dieters.


  • 3/4 cup finely crushed graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
  • 1 15-ounce carton low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 8-ounce tub fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed)
  • 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel (set aside)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Light whipped dessert topping (optional)
  • Pumpkin pie spice (optional)


1. For crust, in a medium mixing bowl stir together the crushed graham crackers and melted margarine or butter until crackers are moistened. Press mixture onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.

2. For filling, in a food processor bowl or blender container combine half of the ricotta cheese, half of the cream cheese, half of the pumpkin, and half of the milk. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Repeat with remaining ricotta, cream cheese, pumpkin, and milk.

3. In a small saucepan sprinkle the gelatin over orange juice; let stand 5 minutes. Cook and stir over mixture. Stir in the orange peel, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and the pumpkin pie spice. Pour mixture into chilled crust. Cover; refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until firm.

4. To serve, loosen crust from sides of pan; remove sides of pan. Cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with additional pumpkin pie spice.

Frozen Cranberry Pie

Calories: 176

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Freezing time: 4 to 24 hours

To soften the ice cream, place it in a chilled bowl and stir with a wooden spoon just until it is soft enough to stir in the remaining ingredients. If the ice cream becomes too soft, the pie will be icy instead of creamy.


  • Nonstick spray coating
  • 6 chocolate wafer cookies, finely crushed (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 quart vanilla low-fat or light ice cream
  • 1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel
  • Sugared cranberries (optional)*


1. Spray a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick coating. Coat with the crushed cookies. Set aside.

2. In a chilled medium mixing bowl stir the ice cream with a wooden spoon just until softened. Fold in the cranberry sauce and orange peel until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared pie plate. Cover and freeze for at least 4 hours or until firm.

3. To serve, cut into wedges. If desired, garnish with sugared cranberries. Makes 8 servings.

* Note: To make sugared cranberries, roll frozen cranberries in sugar.

Nutrition facts per serving: 176 calories, 3 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 83 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

Brown Sugar 'n' Spice Cookies

Calories: 52

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 7 minutes

For an old-fashioned cookie in a reduced-calorie package, try these sugar-topped treats.


  • 1/3 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the 1/3 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, the ginger, and the nutmeg. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in as much of the all-purpose flour and whole-wheat flour as you can. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

2. In a small bowl, combine the 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and the 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with the tines of a fork in a crisscross fashion. Sprinkle cookies with the sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake in a 350 F oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are firm. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. Makes about 36 cookies.

Nutrition facts per serving (1 cookie): 52 calories, 2 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol.