Friday, December 20, 2013

Cellia's Cran-raspberry Gelatin Salad

Missy, here. I'm going to share my mother's cranberry-raspberry Jello salad with you. I'm sorry I don't have more photos! But I didn't take many last year when I made it (got sidetracked). And I'm not making it again until next week--too late for y'all.

SO… You'll have to just picture the cooking as best you can. :)

Cellia's Cran-raspberry Gelatin Salad

1 Large box (or 2 small boxes) raspberry gelatin
1-1/2 cups of water1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup (do NOT drain)
chopped pecans (however many you like)
8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
small 8 oz. container sour cream
1/2 cup sugar

On stovetop, mix together the Jello and water until dissolved.
Add in the can of cranberry sauce and stir until melted.
Add in the can of pineapple with the juice.

Remove from the stove and add in chopped pecans. I'd guess I used about a cup, maybe two. Pour into a 9x13 glass casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate until jelled.

Before serving, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and sugar. Spread over the chilled gelatin. Sprinkle with a few chopped pecans if desired. It's probably a good idea to refrigerate until the topping is chilled as well so it'll cut easier.

I'm afraid I never got a shot of the completed salad! Things got too crazy right before serving Thanksgiving dinner (this was last year when we had my family here at our house).

So imagine it with a nice, sweet, creamy topping, sprinkled with a few chopped pecans for garnish.

I hope you enjoy it! What's your favorite Jello salad?


  1. Missy, I'm so glad you re-posted this because I forgot about it last year and never made it, but I remember wanting to do it! This is perfect timing!!! Go, you!

    The boys come in on Christmas and we're celebrating with everyone that's here on the 27th so I'll make sure I've got everything ASAP.

    I love fruity Jello's.... and have you ever made that pretzel bottom jello that's so delicious? Oh my stars, crunchy crust, sweet middle, creamy top. If we haven't had it here, I'll make it and show it because it's to die for.

    Like this one, great for holidays but also great for parties. We've got several coming up and a couple of baby showers in the family.

    Two boys, due in the spring, on the same day to two brothers.


    Calling Dave to bring home the Jello and cranberry sauce so I don't forget!

    Thank you, Missy Tippens!

    1. I'm totally cracking up. I didn't realize I shared this before! LOL

      I need to try that pretzel recipe.

    2. Better make to tell him whole berry and that the grocery store probably has it hidden like mine did.

    3. Oops make sure to tell him it's the whole berry..can't type good on iPad...

    4. Yeah, those berries in it make the jello salad so much better!

  2. I haven't had much in the way of jello salads but I was thinking recently about a divine light dessert we used to make with jello and evaporated milk. I can't remember the portions though. You make up the jello and let it set for a bit, I think and then add evaporated milk and whip it up and put it in the freezer. It made this lovely light fruity foam. Melt in your mouth. I just can't figure out the exact recipe. Maybe someone at the café knows it?

    1. Kav, Dave's mom made that often and it's so good! We whip the evaporated milk first, then combine it with the cool Jello... and then chill. It's so light and lovely!!!

    2. That sounds good, Kav and Ruthy! I don't think I've ever had it.

    3. Ooooh....thanks Ruthy, that jogged my memory some more. We'd make up the jello and leave it to set and put the evaporated milk in the freezer until crystals formed around the edge of the bowl. Then we'd whip it up and fold it into the jello which wasn't really set yet, just thickening. Then it went back into the fridge until it firmed up. Y'all should try it. It's divine...really good for hot summer days.

    4. It's an old family fave here... but my mother-in-law doesn't make it anymore so maybe I'll surprise her with it. I love it, Kav!

  3. Ooooh, I do have that crunchy pretzel salad recipe. It's the only one I can make without failing. Thanks, Missy, maybe I won't fail at this one. How about Jello molds? I used to have three copper ones. FAIL!!!

    1. Fail here, too. Even with the Tupperware ones. And they'd tell you to spray Pam on the mold... Great. Greasy Jello. :( We are twins at molded Jello fail! But that pretzel number is to die for.

    2. My grandmother always used those copper molds. I never even tried. Seems like Pam would work.

    3. ewww! Pam in your jello molds? No one would eat it!

      I was always successful with a sink full of hot water. Dip the mold in almost to the rim, wait a few seconds, then take it out of the water, pop a plate on top and flip it over.

      I used to have my mom and dad's copper molds, too. I have no idea if I moved them and they're in a box somewhere, or if I decided not to move them and they're languishing in a Goodwill store....

      One upside to moving is that I've been forced to forego my pack-rat tendencies. Or at least calm them down a bit :)

    4. Ix-nay on the Pack-ray-pay.

      I need to move semi-annually. But I'd probably kill someone.

      But no chance of stockpiling junk in jail!!!

    5. LOL! I have such a hard time with pig Latin. :)

      Jan, I've always wondered where my grandmother's molds went. She used them to decorate with--hung on the wall. She'd take them down to use them.