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Layered Christmas Gelatin Recipe

Layered Christmas Gelatin Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:10 servings


  • 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 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. Serve, if desired, with whipped topping, lime wedges and fresh strawberries. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional 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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Anne Bernadette User ID: 5097561 258718
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2016

"This was a relatively easy recipe with great results! The middle layer is a nice balance for the sweeter top and bottom layers. I served it as a salad on a bed of red lettuce with a small dollop of whipped topping. It was as tasty as it was attractive. Thank you, Diane, for providing the recipe for a lovely Christmas salad."

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 246746
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2016

"This salad is really good. Even though it says Christmas in the title and Christmas colors, my family enjoys it so much I make it all year long."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 241402
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"I love holiday recipes that are festive looking and can be prepared ahead of time. This one is both! I didn't have strawberry jello so I substituted cherry. It was delicious!"

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 216039
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"easy to make, Pretty, and Delicious."

minnootz User ID: 8180998 215801
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"In the early 60's my mom made a 3 layer Christmas jello with lime jello on the bottom, cherry jello on the top. The middle layer had cream cheese, whipped cream, lemon jello, and crushed pineapple. Does anyone have this recipe?"

pastups User ID: 2529107 107983
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"Everyone love this at Christmas.."

VegasMary User ID: 7297078 176150
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"To the person who said the middle layer was less than bland... you didn't make it right! This is delicious... good any time of year!! Before my mom passed away, this was a part of every Christmas and Thanksgiving... the ONLY difference was that she used bananas in the red layer, not cranberries. DELICIOUS!!!!! Nice and cool in the summer!!"

BiscuitCat13 User ID: 6416272 177716
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"How often do you make a jello salad that is beautiful and delicious? Try this; you'll love it."

teapotsue User ID: 5537089 159430
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"This is not only a beautiful dish. It is delicious! I dont like really sweet desserts, this is perfect."

SuzBrinkman User ID: 4499086 176094
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"I don't care for cranberry sauce but this recipe was delicious. I felt it needed the whipped topping but next time I'll try adding 1/2 cup powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture."

jenjenannie User ID: 2055842 109409
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"It is a lot of prep for little results. I added 1/2 cup of powdered sugar to the middle layer so it wouldn't be so bland."

gebi User ID: 3439618 142610
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"Our version of this is very similar, except that for the cream cheese layer, we mix 1/2 C. mayo, topped with 12/ C.chopped walnuts. Always a hit is a cut glass bowl or trifle bowl."

CatSue User ID: 6287732 181101
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Lots of preparation time for lackluster results. Middle layer of cream cheese is worse than bland."

JeanGeair User ID: 405815 181100
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I made this in 8 oz. plastic cups, It takes some time but everyone just grab a cup! It was a great hit."

DenverB User ID: 5066082 142609
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"This salad has become a tradition in our family over four always is a taste pleaser. Even for those who say they don't like jello..."

Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 176093
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"This salad went very well with our holiday meal. It was not as sweet as other variations I have tried. I liked the additions of pineapple & canned whole cranberry sauce. It will be on our holiday table from now on. Thanks."

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