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merry cherry dessert

a recipe by
Tuesday Cooks
The Villages, FL

This recipe was prepared by Ruth Norris, a Curious Cuisiner member, for the December 2014 meeting. Chosen from, this dessert was a big hit with the group!

serves 18 (2/3 cups each)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 3 Hr 30 Min
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For merry cherry dessert

  • 1 can
    21oz cherry pie filling, divided
  • 1-1/2 c
    boiling water
  • 1 pkg
    6oz jello cheery flavor gelatin
  • 1-1/2 c
    cold water
  • 4 c
    angel food cake cubes
  • 2 pkg
    3.4oz jello vanilla instant pudding
  • 3 c
    cold milk
  • 1
    8oz container cool whip, thawed, divided

How To Make merry cherry dessert

  • 1
    Reserve 1/3 cup cherry pie filling for garnish; set aside.
  • 2
    Add boiling water to gelatin; mix in a large bowl. Stir at least 2 minutes, until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water and remaining cherry pie filling.
  • 3
    Refrigerate 45 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • 4
    Place cake cubes in 3qt. serving bowl. Cover with gelatin mixture. Refrigerate 45 minutes, or until gelatin layer is set, but not firm.
  • 5
    Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups Cool Whip. Spoon over gelatin layer in bowl. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Top with remaining Cool Whip and the reserved cherry pie filling. Garnish with sliced almonds or fresh mint sprigs before serving.