Cranberry Squares
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Cranberry Squares

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

20 min
08 hrs 20 min



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


3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1 cup miniature marshmallows

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Dissolve gelatin in boiling water in bowl. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    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.

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

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


10Fat (mg)
35Cholesterol (mg)
55Sodium (mg)
56Carbohydrates (g)
1.5Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)


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  December 21, 2016

I've made this for the last couple of family Christmas celebrations. I have not made the topping. Last year I made the base as called for in the recipe, chilled it, then scooped it all into a glass bowl for serving --- really pretty and took up less room on the serving table. For Christmas day, we scooped this into Christmas-themed coffee cups. Side note: Our kitty Holly also was attracted to it. During the prayer, she hopped into a chair and tried to check it out. :/

— says Susan
  December 29, 2015

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!

— says Karen D.
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