"My grandmother made this colorful fluff for Christmas dessert, but it's delicious anytime of the year," says Joanna Powell of Etobicoke, Ontario. "Replace the crunchy pecans with cubes of sponge cake for a fun change of pace."
For an eye-appealing addition to a picnic, potluck or other gathering, try this molded gelatin salad. With lovely color, creamy texture and refreshing flavor, it's sure to disappear in a jiffy. —Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa
"As a child, I asked my mother to make this colorful gelatin for birthdays," recalls Lorna Northcutt of Gladstone, Oregon. "Now I fix it for my husband and son. You can leave out the marshmallows if you prefer," she adds.
Here's a fun and fruity salad that's sure to disappear at picnics and family gatherings. The creamy pudding topping nicely balances the tart orange gelatin layer. Mary Martzke of Shawano, Wisconsin shared the recipe.
"This is my family's all-time favorite Christmas salad," writes Irene Johnson of Alexandria, Minnesota. One taste of the creamy eggnog-flavored gelatin with its tart and crunchy cran-apple sauce will have you convinced, too!
By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."
"Here is a dessert that my younger guests have as much fun assembling as eating," writes Dixie Terry of Goreville, Illinois. "And since it has a lot less fat than most festive fare, it also makes a healthy snack."
"Dinner guests are never too full for this light luscious dessert," says Cyndi Brinkhaus of South Coast Metro, California. "You can make it ahead to cut down on last-minute fuss. Plus, the graham cracker crust and pretty layers always draw raves."
Spirits are light at holiday time around Debra Stoner's home--and so are many of the meas she serves. "I make this dessert every year at Christmas," she informs from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. "It's one of my husband's favorites. I slimmed down the recipe by using sugar-free gelatin and reduced-fat topping."