Cranberry Gelatin Squares Recipe
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Cranberry Gelatin Squares Recipe

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This festive gelatin treat from Lucile Cline of Wichita, Kansas is full of cranberries, pineapple and pecans. It's a great recipe to serve on the holiday buffet table.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 255 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350° . Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 1-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 1 cup. Set pineapple aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring pineapple juice mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in cold water; transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until partially set.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce and reserved pineapple; stir into gelatin mixture. Pour into a 9-in. square dish; cover and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Place pecans and butter in a shallow baking pan. Bake 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally; cool.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk milk, cream and pudding mix 2 minutes. In another small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pudding mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread over gelatin. Sprinkle with toasted pecans. Chill until firm. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Gelatin Squares in Taste of Home

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ytsmom User ID: 817414 157127
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"The topping is too stiff. Need to use more liquid/"

karenand3kids User ID: 7505432 68014
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"My family loves this recipe."

dpeart User ID: 5346960 153414
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Somehow it was both too sweet AND too tart. It actually had an off taste as if an artificial sweetener had been used, but I checked if I had accidentally used a non sugar jello, and that wasn't the case. The Christmas Cranberry salad (w/ a photo very similar to this photo) is Waaay better."

dpeart User ID: 5346960 157120
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Somehow it is too sweet AND too tart. It actually had a weird taste to it, like an artificial sweetener had been used. I checked and that wasn't the case."

spratt1 User ID: 4645279 153413
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2010

"Found this recipe last year & made it for Thanksgiving. Was a huge hit with the entire family. Had immediate requests for it for Christmas too. Now I'm already getting requests for it for this year's Thanksgiving dinner!"

mavinson User ID: 2593974 108327
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"I gave this recipe to my sister to make for Thanksgiving dinner and it turned out great. We toasted the pecans which I think it made it a little better. The family loved it!"

molly539 User ID: 4040061 62803
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"Although I liked the idea, having a light and refreshing holiday dessert after the heaviness of the Thanksgiving feast, I felt that this good but way too sweet. I wanted to reduce the amount of sugar, so I used sugarfree gelatin. I think next time I might make it with a single package of the flavored gelatin and a packet of unflavored. Also, the pudding/cream cheese topping came out very stiff and was hard to spread on top of the firmed up gelatin. In the future, I will just make some sweetened whipped cream to dollop on top of each serving."

prenk1dm User ID: 2214120 207689
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2008

"My family really likes this recipe. We tried it last year for Thanksgiving and are making it again this year!"

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