Cran~raspberry Dessert

by Suzanne on November 21, 2010

in Sweet Things

What are you going to do with those left-overs from Thanksgiving? Well, this is a dessert that you can use up that left-over cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving dinner, or plan ahead and use it for the holiday.  The crust is made from crushed pretzels so it has that sweet and salty factor that most of us love.  The cream filling is not too sweet but just right with the slightly tart cran-raspberry fruit topping.   So don’t throw out the left over cranberry sauce save it and make this delicious dessert.

Cran~raspberry Dessert

1 1/2 cups of crushed pretzels
2 T. sugar
1/2 stick of butter melted

Step 1: Melt butter and mix together with crushed pretzels and sugar.
Step 2: In a 9X13 pan pour pretzels mixture in and press down evenly in the pan. Bake crust for 10 min. at 350 degrees. Cool crust completely.

Cream Filling
1 8 oz. block cream cheese softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 8 oz. cool whip

Step 1: In a medium size bowl with high sides cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar together. Stir in the cool whip.
Step 2: When the crust is completely cool spread the cream cheese over the top of the crust cover and refrigerate.
Fruit Topping
2 cups of thawed raspberries
1 cup of cranberry sauce(canned or fresh)
1 6 oz. pkg. raspberry flavored Jello
2 cups boiling water

Step 1: Heat 2 cups of water to boiling. In a med-large bowl pour water over the jello and stir until dissolved.
Step 2: Add cranberry sauce and raspberries and stir well. Put the jello mixture in the refrigerator for about an hour and half until it starts to congeal up. Pour over the cool creamed mixture and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.
Serves: 12

This post is linked to Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou

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1 Maile November 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm


2 Reeni November 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I love, love, love this! The tart topping with the creamy, sweet filling sounds wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

3 Rich November 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

That's a fantastic idea! The pretzel crust sounds perfectly balanced against the sweetness. If there's no cranberry sauce leftover, I may have to go out and buy some 'leftovers'.

4 Suzanne November 22, 2010 at 4:41 am

thanks Rich!

5 megan @ whatmegansma November 22, 2010 at 4:04 am

I love this stuff. We make it with a strawberry topping and call it strawberry pretzel dessert. It is one of my absolute favorites!

6 Suzanne November 22, 2010 at 4:42 am

thanks Megan, I need to try it sometime the strawberry way ๐Ÿ™‚

7 Shelly November 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

I just saw your comment on the This Week For Dinner blog and thought I would check out your blog…and the first thing staring me in the face is a delicious looking dessert that I absolutely have to try!! So glad I found your blog!

8 Suzanne November 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

thanks Shelly, glad you found me too. Hope you get a chance to try this recipe is really tasty.

9 Kristi Rimkus November 23, 2010 at 3:13 am

Wonderful dessert! I love the combination of salty pretzel crust with sweet filling and fruit. This is a must make after Thanksgiving. ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Heidi November 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

Make this all the time. So so so good! Since I am always in abundance of blackberries, I buy the blackberry fusion jello, and use fresh/frozen blackberries (slightly chopped). SO GOOD!!

11 Suzanne November 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Mmmm…blackberries sound really good for this too!

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