Using Cottage Cheese Instead of Cream Cheese for Cheesecake

Cottage cheese is a wonderful alternative to several other products. One of the ingredients that is easy to swap out with cottage cheese is cream cheese. Both are creamy dairy products that are versatile, but cream cheese is typically a lot lower in calories and also lower in fat. That makes it a popular choice for anyone looking for a healthier alternative for both baked and unbaked cheesecakes.

Can I Use Cottage Cheese Instead of Cream Cheese for Cheesecake?

Yes! If you want to make a healthier cheesecake, or you just love the taste of cottage cheese, it makes a great alternative to cream cheese. You can find plenty of cheesecake recipes that make use of cream cheese, such as our no-bake pecan cheesecake. Cottage cheese starts with a different texture, but you can puree it to make it smoother like cream cheese. Cream cheese may be swapped out for cottage cheese in a 1:1 ratio, although it’s also beneficial to include a thickener.

Cheesecake with Cottage Cheese and Cream Cheese

How will using cottage cheese in a cheesecake make it different compared to using cream cheese? The first thing to note is that cottage cheese is lower in calories and higher in protein. So if you’re looking for a high-protein cheesecake recipe, one that uses cottage cheese is a great choice.

Cottage cheese offers a different texture, but blending it will make it a lot more like cream cheese. In our pecan cheesecake, we also mix it with banana to thicken it while avoiding the need to add high-fat cream. Cream cheese and cottage cheese are sometimes mixed together to get the desired texture too.

Brancourt’s high-quality cottage cheese is batch-made, with a creamy taste and texture that comes from the freshest Aussie milk. Our 125-year heritage means that we’ve perfected the art of cottage cheese to bring you only the very best.

New York Style Cheesecake with Cottage Cheese

New York-style cheesecake is a baked cheesecake, unlike some that are designed to be set in the fridge. Many recipes for this style of cheesecake will combine cream cheese and cottage cheese. This can give you the best of both worlds. You have the creaminess and thickness of the cream cheese to help the cheesecake bake in the oven, as well as the great taste, high protein, and lower calories of the cottage cheese. You can completely replace the cream cheese too, but it’s important to remember that it will change the results compared to a traditional New York-style cheesecake.

Can You Substitute Cottage Cheese for Cream Cheese In General?

Cottage cheese isn’t just good for a cream cheese replacement in cheesecake. When cooking, it can be a straight 1:1 replacement much of the time. It works well in baking too, and there are lots of great recipes that use it.

Cottage cheese can be the perfect sub for cream cheese in other recipes too. Try our delicious strawberry, pistachio, and whipped rose water cottage cheese tart, or try out apricot and cottage cheese crêpes for something different.


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