Monday, December 19, 2016

Cranberry Raspberry Jello Dish

Every year I have to search for this recipe, and it's so simple, but tasty!  This year, I'm finally going to just post it so that maybe next year when I search for it, my own blog will show up.  ;)  I found several variations with pineapple, but not the plain version, so here's my cobbled together recipe!


2 - 3oz boxes of Raspberry flavored Jello mix
1 can (15oz) of cranberry sauce (not with berries, the totally smooth can shaped one)
2  cups hot water

1 package of cream cheese (8oz) softened
2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar

If you don't remember to take pictures until after you open the can, you get an upside down pic...

13x9" pan - you can use a smaller dish if you want it thicker.  Spray bottom with a light spray of cooking spray to help it release later

piping bag and fancy tip OR ziplock bag and pair of scissors to cut off a corner. (Or just spread it on top when the bag explodes in your hand)

I forgot to squish it first and it took forever to get these chunks to dissolve.
First, mash up the cranberry sauce - smaller pieces will dissolve much faster!  Boil 2 cups of water, dissolve jello and cranberry sauce, stirring until smooth and lump free- I usually have to pull out a whisk to get it smoother.  Pour into greased pan, Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, until soft set.*  (You want the topping to sink in a little, but not all the way to the bottom)  Whip up the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar with a beater (or pure muscle), and put it in a piping bag.  Pipe lines of cream cheese onto top of the jello mixture, return to fridge and let chill until completely set.  Cut into pieces and eat. Delicious with turkey based meals, slightly sweeter than normal cranberry, and much more dense!  (Mine didn't turn out pretty, so no final picture! )

Serves several.  If you cut it into little 1-2" squares, you can get maybe 30+ pieces, but if you love it, then do big pieces and it will serve 6-12.  

*If you fall asleep in the middle of making it, you can always just beat up the cream cheese and powdered sugar, then spread it in a smooth layer over the jello.  Or if the bag explodes in your hand and makes random piles, just smooth it out.


  1. Ah yes, the exploding piping bag! You speak as though you're familiar with that trick. Me too!

  2. I couldn't figure out where all the cream cheese was going, until I moved my hand and saw the giant pile that was squirting out all over! LOL!


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