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Fluffy Cranberry Delight

This was originally my daughter's recipe, and she or I will make it for one or more of our holiday get-togethers. It can be served as a fruit salad along with the meal or as a light dessert. It's particularly pretty in a cut-glass bowl on a buffet. —Ruth Bolduc, Conway, New Hampshire
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 4 cups cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a saucepan, bring the cranberries, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until berries burst. Strain through a food mill or sieve into a large bowl.
  • Stir in the gelatin, lemon juice and orange juice. Cool until mixture coats the back of a spoon.
  • In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cranberry mixture. Chill until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 273 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Wendy
    Apr 10, 2020

    Made as directed for the 1st time came out to perfection and added that this our new staple for holiday occasions.

  • cmj_pierce
    Nov 15, 2018

    Can I use my dried cranberries

  • Lois
    Mar 5, 2018

    Apparently I have done something wrong as I ended up with cranberries in the colander but no juice. I am assuming that it is only the juice that is mixed with the rest of the ingredients. Have I cooked the berries too long?

  • sstetzel
    Nov 15, 2017

    Mindy you'll want to use a wooden spoon or spatula to press as much pulp out of the berries as you can, then discard what's left in the strainer.

  • mindysmama
    Nov 15, 2017

    What do you do with the Cranberries? I will have to use a colander.

  • Sue Zappa
    Nov 10, 2017

    I have not made this recipe, but I grew up with this delicious Thanksgiving "salad" because my aunt made it every year! I have her recipe so I know it's the same one! Don't change a thing as it's perfect as it is. To corkyy11, you might want to try a colander. That's what I use & it works fine.

  • corkyy11
    Oct 30, 2017

    Is there an alternative for food mill or sieve? I don't have either one. Looking forward to your response.Thanks..... Gee

  • diane hixon
    Nov 20, 2011

    This is a good way to skip the out of the can cranberry sauce!