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Layered Cranberry Dessert

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread filling over crust.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 416 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • tammycookblogsbooks
    Dec 31, 2020

    So good! The cranberries and oranges go together so well. Couldn't find cranberry jello so I used strawberry, which tasted good. Also, made TOH"s Sweetened Whipped Cream in place of the store bought whipped topping.The jello never fully set so it was a little hard to spread the topping.

  • Pauline
    Nov 29, 2018

    Cca. Cc

  • alfoa
    Dec 27, 2016

    Next time I will try this with non-whole cranberry sauce (the regular jelled kind), because the skins from the cranberries are kind of odd when you bite into one. Cranberry jello can be hard to find, but the Kraft website has a product locator--my local Walmart carried it. The crust gets gummy/sticky over time, but the taste is great and is liked by many people.

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  • Vicki Estes
    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!

  • rhondams
    Jan 27, 2013

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    May 27, 2012


  • robinflynt
    Nov 20, 2010

    The BEST cranberry recipe ever! People who have never tried cranberries should try this - it will be loved!

  • pinkirishlace
    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!