How to Soften Cream Cheese Spread
Place completely unwrapped packages of cream cheese spread in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 to 45 sec. or just until softened.
Want to use fresh berries instead? Prepare crust as directed. Increase sugar to 3/4 cup. Beat cream cheese spread, sugar and 2 cups mixed fresh berries with mixer until blended. Gently stir in 2 cups Cool Whip; continue as directed.
Using Frozen Fruit
When using frozen fruit, it is important to thaw and drain the fruit well. Extra liquid can prevent the cheesecake from becoming firm.