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
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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


  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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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

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

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"My family loves this recipe."

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."

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."

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!"

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