Cranberries, Crackers, and Cream (Yifta)

"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."
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Ready In:


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Whip the cream and 2 tablespoons of sugar until it turns into whipped cream.
  • 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.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Questions & Replies

  1. Would it make a difference if I used Cool Whip?


  1. Love this salad!! However, my Grandmother called this Yifta. Not many ppl even know the old terms for foods anymore. Thanx
  2. 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!
  3. Wow. I can't believe I found this recipe on the net. My great grandmother used to make this and it got passed down through the generations of our family. We would have it very year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is a lot of work but it is so, so good. I remember making the cranberry jelly in our Foley mill, crushing the crackers and putting it outside on the back stoop in between layers to cool. We used to call it Cranberry Glop. Not a great name. So cool to know it's really yiftus!


I am a wife to a great guy and mother to seven kids; our oldest is 32 and our youngest is 10. We are also the very proud grandparents of 8! In our family we have vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters so it's sometimes hard to cook a meal that everyone will eat. I really enjoy cooking for my family and finding new recipes.
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