Another very yummy and unique Jello salad from my Grandma! This one is full of cranberries, apples, cinnamon, and then topped with a cranberry cream cheese layer. Not too sweet, but very flavorful! Would be the perfect side to any special meal.
Cranberry Cream Cheese Salad
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 (6 oz.) package cranberry or any red flavor Jello
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water and cinnamon. Reserve 1 cup gelatin at room temperature. Refrigerate remaining gelatin about 1 1/2 hours or until thickened. Stir apples and cranberry sauce into thickened gelatin. Spoon into a 6 cup dish. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until set, but not firm. Stir reserved 1 cup gelatin gradually into cream cheese in medium bowl. Beat with whisk until smooth. Pour over gelatin layer. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.
Jello Salads definitely were a thing back in the day, but I have to admit that they still make me happy and I really enjoy eating them. Kids of course love anything Jello. This salad is more sophisticated with it's flavors and textures. My grandma's recipe called for a Jello mold, but I do not own one (maybe I need to!) so I made it in a pretty dish. If you do make it in a mold, when you unmold it, the cream cheese layer would be on the bottom. I'm sure it would be very pretty!
Apples in Jello salads is really good! This was a first for me. I've used many different fruits, but the fresh apples stayed crisp and really added great flavor. Of course, anything with cream cheese is a winner with me. The creamy layer is the perfect amount with the Jello. We loved this and will be making it again!
Recipe Source: Recipe from my Grandma Carol Preece