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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 piece: 416 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g 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


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Neirad48 User ID: 7629264 216005
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Delicious!"

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Tasteforsue User ID: 4549175 215925
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Yum!"

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Vicki Estes User ID: 3461542 151022
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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tnapple User ID: 352415 149145
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"awsome"

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robinflynt User ID: 1464805 133957
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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pinkirishlace User ID: 3336096 155013
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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linsvin User ID: 1584655 155772
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2008

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

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Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 136362
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2008

"I could not find cranberry gelatin so I used cherry. I may use more of the cranberry sauce next time. Great recipe! Thanks!"

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muffiebee1 User ID: 2011524 155767
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2008

"Could you make this with jellied cranberry sauce for someone that can't eat the whole cranberry sauce because of the seeds?

Muffie"

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pugboyz_NE User ID: 51899 65326
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2007

"I remember seeing this in Taste of Home sometime back.  Thanks for posting as a reminder.  Such a colorful dessert!

 
Sharon"

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