Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cool Cranberry Pie

1 (3-ounce) package raspberry gelatin
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cranberry juice
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces whipped topping
1 (16-ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (9-inch) graham cracker pie crust

1. Mix the gelatin and 1/3 cup sugar in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the cranberry juice to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat, add the gelatin mixture and stir until the gelatin dissolves. Pour into a small bowl and chill until the mixture is slightly thickened.

2. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, the cream cheese, milk and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer set at high speed until light and fluffy.

3. Whip the cooled gelatin mixture with a whisk and then add to the cream cheese mixture. Whisk until smooth. Reserve 1/2 cup of the whipped topping; fold the remaining topping into cream cheese mixture.

4. Spread the cranberry sauce over the bottom of the pie crust. Spread the cream cheese mixture on top. Chill for 3 hours or longer.

5. Cut the pie into 8 slices and arrange on dessert plates. Top each slice with a dollop of reserved whipped topping if desired.

My Notes:*
To spread the jellied cranberry sauce evenly over the pie crust, place it in a bowl and mash with a fork, then stir or whisk until it has a jellylike consistency.

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