Jellied Cranberry Nut Candies Recipe
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Jellied Cranberry Nut Candies Recipe

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Even before they've licked the last bit of sugar off their fingers, folks are asking for more of this blue-ribbon candy. It took first place at the county fair, and everyone's sweet on these pretty squares.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:64 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 64 servings


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lemon gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 59 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. Line an 8-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, 1 cup sugar and lemon and orange gelatin. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in walnuts. Pour into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut into 1-in. squares. Roll in remaining sugar. Store at room temperature between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container. Best when stored at least three days before serving. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.
Originally published as Jellied Cranberry Nut Candies in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2005, p48

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jeanemed User ID: 1512060 244363
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"I make lots of traditional Christmas candy--mostly toffees, fudge, caramels, etc. I was thinking this would add a good fruit addition to my Christmas trays. I followed the recipe exactly--not one of my family liked it. Threw out most of it. I couldn't really taste the cranberry, it just tasted like jello squares.

It must be tasty to some people though, as my neighbor asked for the recipe."

sueqb User ID: 1010358 82688
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"Can you freeze these? How long can they be left on the counter in an airtight container?"

cakedeco User ID: 4819309 147534
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"These were a huge hit at the office and I was asked for the recipe. They are so easy to make. I substituted cranberry jello for the lemon."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 134842
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010 Edited Nov. 2, 2013

"I LOVE this recipe! I prepared it for the first time for a New Year's Eve get-together at our neighbors' home! It went over well and I was asked for the recipe! I found that I can use cherry or raspberry gelatine (2 packages, 3-oz. each) in place of the lemon gelatine or even use grape or strawberry gelatine! I'm going to make this candy today & use cherry gelatine instead of the lemon! And I can say this, this candy is finger-lickin' GOOD! Dawn E. Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania"

soniak51 User ID: 1422519 54088
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This is a wonderfully easy recipe to make and makes a nice change from chocolates. I include a few of these sparkling candies in each candy tray. They store at room temp which is great when your refrigerator is crowded during the holidays. I have been making this recipe for 3 years now. And yes it is the jellied cranberry sauce, not the whole."

pinkygem User ID: 3524979 139299
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2008

"Thanks for the info. Can't wait to make these!"

HDMac_WA User ID: 226085 58521
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"[quote user="pinkygem"]

Do you mean whole berry cranberry sauce?"

pinkygem User ID: 3524979 206111
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"Do you mean whole berry cranberry sauce?"

BrytEyz User ID: 2759683 134163
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"I'm a cookie baker, not a candy maker. But these were so easy, and came out perfectly. They're very yummy, and my "taste testers" keep trying to gobble up the whole batch before I can gift it to the intended recipient!"

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