Creamy Layered Cranberry Dessert (No-Bake)

"This is a great dessert to serve to guests for the holiday season and you can make this well in advance which is a big plus! Plan ahead this needs to chill for a minimum of 4 hours before serving. If desired sprinkle the top with sugared cranberries if desired for a nice presentation! Prep time includes the 1-1/2 hours and the 4 hour chilling times. I used Ocean Spray whole cranberry sauce for this, I'm not certain how it would work using homemade cranberry sauce. If you want a more intense fruit flavor use a large package of raspberry Jell-o and a small package of cranberry Jell-o, increase the cold water by only a couple of tablespoons."
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  • Butter a 13 x 9-inch glass baking pan.
  • For the crust; in a bowl combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted butter; mix to combine then press lightly into the baking pan; set aside.
  • In a heat-proof bowl combine 1-1/2 cups boiling water with the cranberry and raspberry Jell-o powder and 1/3 cup sugar; mix with a spoon until no granules remain.
  • Stir in the cranberry sauce until totally combined (I used my hands for this, it is much easier than using a spoon!).
  • Stir in 1 cup cold water until completely combined.
  • Chill the mixture for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours (stirring with a spoon a few time during chilling) or until a thick jelly-like consistency, not completely set but still able to spread on top of the cream cheese mixture (chilling time will depend on how cold your fridge is).
  • While the gelatin mixture is chilling; in a bowl beat the softened cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Add in the two 8-ounce containers of thawed Cool Whip and beat at low speed until combined.
  • Stir in two 8-ounce container/tub thawed Cool Whip until combined; spread over the crust in the baking dish; chill until ready to top with the gelatin mixture.
  • Spoon the semi-firm cranberry gelatin/orange mixture over the cream cheese layer.
  • Chill for minimum of 4 hours (or longer) or until firm.
  • Top with whipped cream or Cool Whip topping.

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  1. made this for the first time and my family just loved it. I should have made more than one. Real easy to make.



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