Mom's Thanksgiving Cranberry Jello Mold

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

A MUST for us! A neighbor in Omaha had given this to my Mom in the early'60's and she has made it every Thanksgiving since. Now I make the holiday, so I make the mold! It's very easy. Keep in mind that this has walnuts just in case you have guests who are allergic to nuts. Enjoy! *You can make this 2 days before serving so I will make it on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and keep it in the mold in the refrigerator and just unmold it before serving.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the packages of jello in the hot water.
  2. Add the cold water and the cranberry sauce. Blend well and chill.
  3. Before mixture sets, add apples, celery and nuts and mix well.
  4. Pour into a jello 3 cup mold sprayed lightly with a vegetable oil.
  5. Chill until it sets and invert on a plate when ready to serve. You can garnish with parsley sprigs.
Most Helpful

I can't believe someone else has my family's favorite jello recipe! We've been making it for decades and Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without it. I use any red jello and usually mix cherry and stawberry and omit the apple. Toast the walnuts in the microwave for a minute or two and the skins won't be bitter. Cool before adding. This is Thanksgiving in one bite and makes a great side dish or dessert. Thanks for submitting it.

smellicious November 25, 2006

This has long been one of my favorite salads at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tip: Add the canned cranberry sauce to the hot jello BEFORE adding cold water so that the cranberry sauce dissolves more easily. I like to serve squares of this jello salad on a lettuce leaf with a dollop of sour cream.

Cookin'Diva December 22, 2009

This was very good..everyone liked it. I made a topping of ¾ whipped cream and ¼ mayo to go with it.

Teri November 26, 2010

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