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thanksgiving cranberry cream cheese salad

(26 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jewel Hall
Cullman, AL

This is the perfect Cranberry Congealed Salad for your Thanksgiving meal. For years my in-laws have expected me to produce a good recipe. Since this has all the good stuff squished together, it is my stand by and go-to recipe. A great complement to your chicken and turkey dishes.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Perfectly sweet and tangy, this cranberry cream cheese salad is perfect for Thanksgiving. The filling has sweet grated apples and tart cranberries that are all held together with cherry Jell-O - it's a delicious combination. But, the Jell-O layer does not have a typical Jell-O texture. The cream cheese topping is sweet with bits of pineapple and chopped pecans in each bite. One taste and you'll be hooked. An easy holiday dessert.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(26 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 45 Min
cook time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For thanksgiving cranberry cream cheese salad

  • 1 pkg
    cherry Jell-O (6 oz)
  • 2 c
    boiling water
  • 2 lg
    Golden Delicious apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans
  • 1 can
    whole cranberry sauce (14 oz)
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, at room temperature 2 hours (8 oz)
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 can
    crushed pineapple, drained (20 oz) well
  • 6 - 8 oz
    frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 c
    chopped toasted pecans

How To Make thanksgiving cranberry cream cheese salad

  • Cherry Jell-O dissolved in hot water.
    Part 1. Dissolve Jell-Oin boiling water. Stir to mix and set aside to cool.
  • Apples, pecans, and cranberry sauce added to the Jell-O.
    Add apples, pecans, and cranberry sauce.
  • Mixture poured into a baking dish to cool.
    Turn into a 13x9 glass dish and chill until firm.
  • Softened cream cheese and powdered sugar mixed together.
    Part 2. Blend softened cream cheese with powdered sugar until smooth.
  • Cool Whip and pineapple added to the bowl with cream cheese.
    Add vanilla to the Cool Whip and mix with a wooden spoon. Add to the cream cheese mixture along with the pineapple.
  • Ingredients folded together.
    Fold the mixture together.
  • Cream cheese mixture spread on top of Jell-O and sprinkled with nuts.
    Spread evenly over firm set Jell-O mixture. Sprinkle toasted pecans on top.
  • Thanksgiving Cream Cheese Salad on a plate.
    Keep chilled until serving time.