Gelatin Ring with Cream Cheese Balls Recipe
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Gelatin Ring with Cream Cheese Balls Recipe

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Here's a fun way to serve cranberry sauce that will please both kids and adults. The red gelatin and cranberry sauce ring is dressed up with cream cheese balls rolled in ground walnuts. It's cool, colorful and yummy, too! -Jacinta Ransom, South Haven, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) raspberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup ground walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 189 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cranberry sauce until well blended. Pour into a 6-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray; refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  2. Roll cream cheese into 3/4-in. balls; coat with walnuts. Unmold gelatin onto a serving platter; place the cream cheese balls in the center of the ring. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Gelatin Ring with Cream Cheese Balls in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p35

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beckihomecki User ID: 1537566 49925
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"I have made this for Thanksgiving for many years and it is very good. It is simple and can be made ahead of time. The cheese balls may seem a little different but paired with the gelatin it is an awesome match! Will keep making this for years to come."

Heavens_IL User ID: 58504 73105
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2012 Edited Jan. 14, 2015

"This is an old recipe going back to the 50's or 60's. My mom always made it and I always hated it. My mom put the cream cheese balls into the gelatin when it was partially set."

kathysg User ID: 2523133 100839
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2011

"I have made this for the holidays for the past 3yrs... everyone loves it! Really easy to make & you can do it ahead of time."

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