Dessert Bar Recipes

Cranberry Squares

Cranberry gelatin salad with a delicious cream cheese frosting is the perfect accompaniment to the Thanksgiving meal.

20 min. prep time
12 servings
656 Ratings



2 (3-ounce) packages raspberry-flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 (12-ounce) package fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
2/3 cup orange juice
2 cups sugar
1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest


1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup miniature marshmallows


Dissolve gelatin in boiling water in bowl. Set aside.

Combine half of cranberries and 1/3 cup orange juice in 5-cup blender container or food processor bowl fitted with metal blade. Cover; blend at High speed, scraping sides often, 1-2 minutes or until well chopped. Repeat with remaining cranberries and orange juice. Place chopped cranberries into bowl.

Stir cranberry mixture and all remaining base ingredients into dissolved gelatin mixture. Pour into ungreased 13x9-inch pan. Cover; refrigerate 6 hours or overnight or until set.

Beat cream cheese in bowl at medium speed until well mixed. Add whipping cream; beat at low speed until well mixed. Beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir in marshmallows.

Spread cream cheese mixture over cranberry gelatin. Cover; refrigerate at least 1 hour. Cut into squares. Garnish with orange slices, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 310

Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 35mg

Sodium: 55mg

Carbohydrates: 56g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #12624©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I've been preparing and catering this recipe since 1993. The 'recipe' itself has always been incorrect in its measurements causing the dish to remain unsettled. I suggest REDUCING the 2c. Boiling water to 1 1/2 cups. DRAIN well the crushed pineapple. By preparing with these modifications your cranberry bars will taste, hold, slice and serve perfectly. Enjoy!
I make this every year and everyone loves it! So refreshing and tasty!
Must try
I have made this for years, But I add 1 packet of unflavored gelatin, to make it stay firm when cutting it into squares. Its a requested family favorite. Good for Christmas , Thanksgiving and potlucks
This has become a holiday staple. It never lasts long. Wonderful light and unique flavor.
Love it! Fresh and tasty! I double the topping as I find the original recipe to be sparse. I've had to give the recipe out several times.

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