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Spiced Apple Cider Jelly Shots

These spiced, spiked gelatin squares are sure to get the party started at fall get-togethers. If you’re going for the more traditional shot-style look, pour the mixture into 2-ounce plastic cups and refrigerate until set. — Rachel Seis, Senior Editor, Taste of Home

Orange Cream Cake

14 reviews

Kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned flavor of this super-moist cake topped with a soft light frosting. "This...


Cranberry Pineapple Salad

9 reviews

Impress dinner guests with this delightfully different take on traditional cranberry sauce. The nuts add a tasty crunch. —Dorothy Angley,...


Eggnog Pie

5 reviews

Even better than holiday eggnog in a glass is eggnog on a plate! This creamy pie delivers all that rich,...


Christmas Ribbon Salad

13 reviews

Spirits are light at holiday time around Debra Stoner's home--and so are many of the meas she serves. "I make...

Red, White ‘n’ Blue Salad

29 reviews

Our striking "flag" salad drew plenty of attention at our Independence Day party. The shimmering stripes are formed with distinctive...


Cool Cucumber Salad

3 reviews

This Salad is a refreshing complement to any meal, and it's attractive on the table. Whenever I'm asked to bring...

Grandmother’s Orange Salad

6 reviews

This orange salad dessert is slightly sweet and tangy, too. It adds beautiful color to any meal and appeals to...


Patriotic Gelatin Salad

21 reviews

Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad makes quite a "bang" at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting...


Pretzel Gelatin Dessert

29 reviews

This is one of my mother's absolute favorite desserts. The salty pretzel crust is the perfect complement to the sweet...


Holiday Cranberry Salad

My mom made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I have continued the tradition. We now are on our fourth...

Watermelon Cake

7 reviews

No one will ever guess how simple this make-ahead melon is to assemble. After one bite of the showstopping cake,...


Applesauce Gelatin Squares

11 reviews

"I make this attractive soft-set salad during the holidays and garnish it with ranch dressing that's tinted green," relates Judy...


Snow-White Salad

2 reviews

I love to collect recipes for all kinds of occasions. This sweet gelatin salad is one I often make for...


Creamy Blueberry Gelatin Salad

25 reviews

Plump blueberries and a fluffy topping star in this pretty, refreshing salad. My mom's blueberry salad was served at every...


Stained Glass Gelatin

4 reviews

Kids love this sweet, wiggly gelatin and whipped topping dessert. Use different flavors of gelatin to make color versions that...

Lemon Fluff Dessert

17 reviews

Wondering what to do with the can of evaporated milk and graham crackers in your pantry? Try this light, lip-smacking...


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Cool and Creamy Watermelon Pie

42 reviews

This simple pie is so refreshing that it never lasts long on warm summer days. Watermelon and a few convenience...


Cucumber & Grapefruit Mold

This old-fashioned gelatin is sure to bring back memories of Christmases past. It’s a refreshing addition to a heavy meal.


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Wearing o’ Green Cake

55 reviews

One bite of this moist, colorful cake and you'll think you've found the pot o' gold at the end of...


Pineapple Gelatin Salad

3 reviews

My family enjoys this lovely layered salad in the summer with grilled hamburgers. Although I haven't used the recipe long,...


Sweet & Tart Lemon Jell-O

7 reviews

With its sunny lemon color, this gelatin mold brightens up any table. I usually make two molds for parties because...


Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

6 reviews

By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one...


Molded Cranberry Gelatin Salad

To create this pretty salad mold, Jill combines the extra spiced cranberry sauce with fresh fruit, and some celery and...

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Cinnamon Gelatin Salad

1 review

Crunchy apples and pecans contrast nicely with smooth gelatin in this pretty salad. —Denita DeValcourt, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee


Gluten-Free Rhubarb Bars

9 reviews

Nothing tastes like spring more than rhubarb and strawberry. The crust and crumb topping on these bars are so tasty,...


Triple Chocolate Mousse Torte

3 reviews

When it's too hot to bake something sweet but you're craving chocolate, my chocolaty mousse tart is all you need....


Light Lemon Fluff Dessert

16 reviews

This came from my grandmother, whose family owned a bakery. My grandmother's was the full-fat version and I didn’t want...


Apple-Cinnamon Gelatin

This ruby-red gelatin is a festive addition to your holiday spread. Cinnamon red-hot candies add a unique flavor.—Suzy Horvath, Gladstone,...


Cranberry Eggnog Salad

2 reviews

For a bright salad with a vintage holiday feel, we stack a layer of raspberry gelatin and cranberry sauce over...