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Makeover Cranberry Trifle Recipe

Makeover Cranberry Trifle Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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pat wren User ID: 4420731 104065
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

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

devanscrnp User ID: 4530513 169952
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2010

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

pat wren User ID: 4420731 188244
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2010

"made it for a church dinner was grate"

holofernes User ID: 3571213 211314
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

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

strabue User ID: 3379399 108462
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2010

"My family really enjoyed this easy dessert."

beckga User ID: 4273258 169951
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"I also added some raspberries to this. It was a hit for Christmas and I will make again!"

linsvin User ID: 1584655 188137
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"The presentation is beautiful. I did not lighten it up though. I also used the frozen Sara Lee pound cake for its density. You certainly can make this the night before, it held up nicely."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 187209
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"Beautiful presentation,very easy to put together. Definitely use a pound cake for its density. Cranberry sauce "outstanding!""

KarenLiz User ID: 2217422 104064
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"Delicious and yummy! We made it for a holiday party and will be making it again for Christmas. Sweet and tangy, easy to make and eye-pleasing."

Juli-Anne User ID: 798804 102603
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"great dish... my family loved it .... next time I think I'll add slices of angel food cake to each layer ... make it like a very large fruit shortcake... yum....."

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