Layered Christmas Gelatin

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


10 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Christmastime always means that this recipe comes out of my recipe box. The traditional holiday colors in this salad make the buffet table look so pretty. —Diane Schefelker, Ireton, Iowa
Layered Christmas Gelatin Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • Optional ingredients: Thawed whipped topping, lime wedges and fresh strawberries


  1. Dissolve lime gelatin in boiling water; stir in pineapple juice. Stir in pineapple. Pour into an 11x7-in. dish; refrigerate until set.
  2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Transfer to a small bowl. Beat in cream cheese and milk until smooth. Spread over lime layer; refrigerate until set.
  3. Dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water; stir in cranberry sauce. Cool for 10 minutes. Carefully spoon over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.
  4. Cut into squares. If desired, serve with whipped topping, lime wedges and fresh strawberries.
Test Kitchen Tips
  • For individual portions, pour gelatin layers into clear plastic cups.
  • Homemade whipped cream topping truly tastes best. Beat 1 cup heavy whipping cream on high until slightly thickened, then add 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; beat until soft peaks form.
  • Get more jiggly, wiggly gelatin salads for your holiday spread.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 piece: 267 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 139mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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