One thing I love about my siblings is that we all kinda speak “food”. We appreciate good food and get pretty excited to try new recipes. We generally try to eat healthy, nutritious things. Some of my favorite recipes have come from, or been inspired by, a sister or brother (in-laws count too!) of mine. When my sister mentioned this homemade cranberry jello dessert, I just happened to have a bag of frozen cranberries in the freezer and couldn’t wait to try the recipe! She says the really good part about this cranberry jello is eating it with fresh raspberries and plenty of whipped cream 😀 And she’s right! Please don’t skimp on the cream and berries.
Cranberry Jello Dessert
- 1 (12 oz) bag of cranberries, frozen or unfrozen, and rinsed
- 2 Cups water, separated
- 2 packages of Knox unflavored gelatin
- 2/3 C. honey (THIS is the kind of honey I used, but you can get it for much cheaper at an actual Trader Joe’s store)
- 2 C. heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3-4 Tbsp. powdered sugar
- fresh raspberries
- Bring 1 cup of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once boiling, stir in the cranberries. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and let simmer for about 6-8 minutes, or until several of the cranberries have broken up/popped.
- Stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Add the second cup of water and the honey. Stir together.
- Put the mixture in a blender, and blend everything together. Transfer to an 8×8 inch glass baking dish. Let chill in the refrigerator overnight, or about 6 hours.
- For the whipped cream topping: Put the heavy whipping cream in a mixing bowl with the vanilla and powdered sugar. Whip with an electric hand mixer until desired consistency. I usually start out on a high speed setting for the first 2 minutes or so, then decrease the speed to slow or medium for the rest of the whipping time. Do not over-whip, or it will turn into butter. To see if it’s whipped enough, lift the beaters our from the bowl and if the whipped cream drips off, you may want to whip more until the whipped cream stays on the beaters when you lift them out of the bowl. And your kids may want to lick the beaters 😉
- Enjoy the cranberry jello topped with a good serving of whipped cream and raspberries!
*Inspired by Karalee