Cranberries, Crackers, and Cream (Yifta)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

Found this on and made it last year for Thanksgiving. I got lots of comments on how good it was so I'm making it again this year. Thank you to the reviewer who gave me the true name of this dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs cranberries
  • 1 14-2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 14 lb soda cracker, crushed
  • 1 pint whipping cream, whipped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Combine water and 1 1/4-2 cups of sugar depending on taste in a saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add cranberries and cook until cranberries split. Set aside to cool.
  2. Whip the cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar until it turns into whipped cream.
  3. Using a glass bowl, put a layer of cranberries in the bottom of bowl. Layer soda crackers to cover well over the cranberries, then a layer of whipped cream. Start over with cranberries, crackers and cream until bowl is full, ending with the cream. A little spoon of cranberries on the top looks nice.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Most Helpful

Love this salad!! However, my Grandmother called this Yifta. Not many ppl even know the old terms for foods anymore. Thanx

yams November 19, 2009

I have had this every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve since I was a little girl. In my family, we called it "giftus," but pronounced yiftus. My grandmother said her mother got the recipe from someone she worked for in Norway. It is a tradition in our family and wouldn't be Christmas or Thanksgiving without it!

Susie N. November 27, 2014