Makeover Cranberry Trifle Recipe
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Makeover Cranberry Trifle Recipe

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You’d never guess that this showstopper fruit trifle recipe has been lightened up because it boasts all of the original’s festive flavor, but only half the fat and way fewer calories! Sonya Labbe - Santa Monica, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 loaves (10-3/4 ounces each) frozen reduced-fat pound cake, thawed and cubed

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 316 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first five ingredients. Cook over medium heat until the berries pop, about 15 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Place a third of the cake cubes in a 3-qt. trifle bowl; top with a third of the cranberry mixture and a third of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as Makeover Cranberry Trifle in Healthy Cooking December/January 2010, p20

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Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"this is wonderful,my family just rave about it"

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

"I made this for Thanksgiving dinner with my family and got rave reviews...would definitely make it again!"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"made it for a church dinner was grate"

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"Knockout dessert - sweet and tangy at the same time - and gorgeous. Next time I'll double the cream cheese section."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"My family really enjoyed this easy dessert."

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