Save on Pinterest

Cranberry Gelatin Squares

This festive gelatin treat from Lucile Cline of Wichita, Kansas is full of cranberries, pineapple and pecans. It's a great recipe to serve on the holiday buffet table.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup cold whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened


  • Preheat oven to 350° . Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 1-cup measuring cup. Add enough water to measure 1 cup. Set pineapple aside.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring pineapple juice mixture to a boil. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in cold water; transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until partially set.
  • In a small bowl, combine cranberry sauce and reserved pineapple; stir into gelatin mixture. Pour into a 9-in. square dish; cover and refrigerate until firm.
  • Place pecans and butter in a shallow baking pan. Bake 8 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally; cool.
  • In a small bowl, whisk milk, cream and pudding mix 2 minutes. In another small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pudding mixture; beat on low speed just until combined. Spread over gelatin. Sprinkle with toasted pecans. Chill until firm.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 255 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

Recommended Video


Click stars to rate
Average Rating:
  • ytsmom
    Dec 24, 2013

    The topping is too stiff. Need to use more liquid/

  • karenand3kids
    Nov 25, 2013

    My family loves this recipe.

  • dpeart
    Dec 12, 2010

    Somehow it was both too sweet AND too tart. It actually had an off taste as if an artificial sweetener had been used, but I checked if I had accidentally used a non sugar jello, and that wasn't the case. The Christmas Cranberry Salad (w/ a photo very similar to this photo) is Waaay better.

  • dpeart
    Dec 12, 2010

    Somehow it is too sweet AND too tart. It actually had a weird taste to it, like an artificial sweetener had been used. I checked and that wasn't the case.

  • spratt1
    Oct 22, 2010

    Found this recipe last year & made it for Thanksgiving. Was a huge hit with the entire family. Had immediate requests for it for Christmas too. Now I'm already getting requests for it for this year's Thanksgiving dinner!

  • mavinson
    Dec 8, 2009

    I gave this recipe to my sister to make for Thanksgiving dinner and it turned out great. We toasted the pecans which I think it made it a little better. The family loved it!

  • molly539
    Nov 27, 2009

    Although I liked the idea, having a light and refreshing holiday dessert after the heaviness of the Thanksgiving feast, I felt that this good but way too sweet. I wanted to reduce the amount of sugar, so I used sugarfree gelatin. I think next time I might make it with a single package of the flavored gelatin and a packet of unflavored. Also, the pudding/cream cheese topping came out very stiff and was hard to spread on top of the firmed up gelatin. In the future, I will just make some sweetened whipped cream to dollop on top of each serving.

  • mbsheeron
    Nov 26, 2009

    No comment left

  • prenk1dm
    Nov 27, 2008

    My family really likes this recipe. We tried it last year for Thanksgiving and are making it again this year!