Layered Cranberry Dessert Recipe
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Layered Cranberry Dessert Recipe

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On occasion, I like to “fancy up” one of my favorite gelatin desserts with a buttery graham cracker crust and a layer of cream cheese filling. Mandarin oranges add color and pair well with the cranberry gelatin. —Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cranberry gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 416 calories, 22 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 223 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in cranberry sauce and cold water until blended. Refrigerate for 45 minutes or until partially set.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar and butter. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Refrigerate until set.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread filling over crust.
  4. Fold oranges into gelatin mixture; spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; dollop with remaining whipped topping. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Layered Cranberry Dessert in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p41

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 416 calories, 22 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 223 mg sodium, 51 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"After Thanksgiving Dad found the leftovers in the fridge and said "who made this it's delicious" and ate up all the leftovers. We will make it for him again this year!"

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Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"awsome"

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"The BEST cranberry recipe ever! People who have never tried cranberries should try this - it will be loved!"

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2008

"This dessert/jello salad was outstanding! Very simple to prepare and looked so pretty when served. I will be preparing this often!"

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Reviewed Nov. 26, 2008

"Took longer than 45 minutes to set up, almost double. Carefully spoon over cream cheese mixture."

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