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Layered Cranberry Dessert Recipe

Layered Cranberry Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD: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

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Layered Cranberry Dessert

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Neirad48
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"Delicious!"

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Tasteforsue
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Yum!"

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Vicki Estes
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
Reviewed May. 27, 2012

"awsome"

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robinflynt
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
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
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
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
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
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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