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Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers

Updated on September 26, 2014
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Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers
Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers | Source
Cranberry Dessert ready for the table.
Cranberry Dessert ready for the table. | Source

This delightful concoction is a dessert that my cousin used to make every time we got together for a holiday or special occasion. It was always the first dish that everyone reached for, and it was always the first dish finished. We rarely waited until dessert, it just became one of our side dishes, and it never had a formal name, we just called it our cousin's cranberry thing.

I have seen desserts like this called "Yifta" or "Gifta", but we really have no idea where this recipe originated. We only know that she picked it up many many years ago in the midwest.

Cranberry dessert with whipped cream and crackers is one of those incredibly delicious dishes that is so easy to make, you'll be asking yourself why you never thought to make it. With it's colorful layers, it makes a beautiful presentation on any holiday table or buffet.

Once you try this dessert, it will become a favorite at your table too.

What do you think about this unique dessert?

4.9 stars from 9 ratings of Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 - 2 sleeves soda crackers, coarsely crushed
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla

Step by step photo instructions

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Cranberries ready to add.Coarsely crushed soda crackers.Freshly made whipped cream.Using a clear glass bowl, ideally a trifle bowl, add ingredients in layers.  The first layer is the cranberries.Some of the crushed soda crackers make up the second layer.Whipped cream makes up the 3rd layer.Repeat layers, ending with the whipped cream on the top.
Cranberries ready to add.
Cranberries ready to add. | Source
Coarsely crushed soda crackers.
Coarsely crushed soda crackers. | Source
Freshly made whipped cream.
Freshly made whipped cream. | Source
Using a clear glass bowl, ideally a trifle bowl, add ingredients in layers.  The first layer is the cranberries.
Using a clear glass bowl, ideally a trifle bowl, add ingredients in layers. The first layer is the cranberries. | Source
Some of the crushed soda crackers make up the second layer.
Some of the crushed soda crackers make up the second layer. | Source
Whipped cream makes up the 3rd layer.
Whipped cream makes up the 3rd layer. | Source
Repeat layers, ending with the whipped cream on the top.
Repeat layers, ending with the whipped cream on the top. | Source

Instructions

  1. Bring water, cranberries and 2 cups of sugar to a boil and stir. Let boil for approximately 10 minutes, until cranberries have popped. Set aside to cool completely. 2 - 3 cans of whole cranberry sauce can be substituted.
  2. Beat the whipping cream until firm peaks are formed. Add sugar and vanilla to taste. A general rule of thumb is 1 - 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 - 2 teaspoons of vanilla.
  3. Crush the soda crackers and set aside.
  4. Once the cranberries have cooled completely, assemble the ingredients. This is best assembled in a trifle bowl or other clear glass dish. Layer cranberries, crackers and whipped cream. Repeat until top of dish is reached, ending with the whipped cream on top.
  5. Refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight. This dish gets better if it sits longer, but because of the fresh whipped cream, it does not last for more than 2 - 3 days.

How to make whipped cream

Don't be tempted to substitute whipped topping for real whipped cream. Fresh whipped cream only takes a few minutes to make and it tastes so much better. Follow the step by step photo guide below to make perfect whipped cream every time.

Step 1 - Always start with a chilled mixing bowl and whisking attachment.
Step 1 - Always start with a chilled mixing bowl and whisking attachment. | Source
Step 2 - Add chilled whipping cream to bowl and turn setting to high.
Step 2 - Add chilled whipping cream to bowl and turn setting to high. | Source
Step 3 - Near the end of the mixing, add sugar and vanilla.  Check the mixture to see if it is finished, being careful not to whip the cream too long.  It could eventually turn into butter.
Step 3 - Near the end of the mixing, add sugar and vanilla. Check the mixture to see if it is finished, being careful not to whip the cream too long. It could eventually turn into butter. | Source
Step 4 - Perfect whipped cream ready to use.
Step 4 - Perfect whipped cream ready to use. | Source

For your next holiday dessert...

Your dinner is sure to be a success when you serve Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers. It's easy, unique and delicious!

No holiday dessert table is complete without this beautiful Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers!
No holiday dessert table is complete without this beautiful Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers! | Source

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    • Claudia Tello profile image

      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      I like the fact that you use fresh cranberries in your recipe; that must really make a difference.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Claudia! It does make a difference, but it's good with the canned stuff too! I appreciate the comments.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You know how some dishes just look delicious? This is one of them! great recipe and pictures; I'm drooling and now hungry. :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I can't wait to try this, and I know soda crackers would be like no others to set it off, and it has my wheels turning what else could be used besides cranberries, but loving those too I will try them too. Thanks!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You got my attention with cranberry in the tittle and won me with this great recipe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Bill! I love making recipe hubs because someone (me) gets to eat them afterwards.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Jackie - This would be good with other things too. The nice thing about the cranberries is that they add some good tart flavor to the sweetness. I hope you give it a try! Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Mhatter!

    • Laurasmother 4 years ago from Europe

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Laurasmother!

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Another great recipe to try. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like the different ingredients here. Sounds really good and worthy of a try.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Oh my goodness my mouth is watering! lol! seriously, this is just my kind of food, looks absolutely delicious, and something that I will be making, thanks! voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Gypsy48. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Carol. We just finished our off last night. That is the fun thing about making recipe hubs, we get to sample the product.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Nell - I hope you give it a try. It really is good. Thanks for visiting!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Glim, this looks heavenly! Thank you for this recipe! Voted up and sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much! I hope you give it a try. It is yummy!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I have to tell you that I can actually taste this. Your instructions and photos are terrific and I voted them that way.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much breakfastpop. It is really good and always takes me back to past holidays.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great step by step easy to follow recipe. Sounds great. The photos look tasty. Great job.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much bdegiulio. I hope you give it a try.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think the sweet with the tart taste of cranberries would be a great mingle. Love cranberries and this is a recipe simple enough to make for any day dessert.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi.....

      This looks so good. The pictures make me want to try it right now. And it looks so simple which is a huge plus at this time of the year. My family will have a new treat this holiday for sure. Sending Angels your way :) ps

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it teaches and you are right, this is good for any day or time of the year. It's nice and light too!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi ps - I hope you and your family enjoy this treat. Thanks for visiting during this busy time of the year!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Oh my goodness, I can't wait to make your recipe! (Well, first I want to lick your beaters..Yum!) I love cranberries any which way and I was looking for something different...didn't know just what, then your recipe popped up. Thank you so much for sharing this deliciously simple tradition! (And I do agree about the real whipped cream tasting better.)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      This is a great, non-typical recipe that sounds great. But I must ask, where did you get that glass bowl? I love it. I really like trifle bowls and that one is unique.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Sharyn! That bowl was a gift about 11 years ago and has a little secret. It's plexiglass (or some sort of plastic) not glass. I don't use it as often as I should, but it is nice to take. Thanks for noticing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments frogyfish! I hope you give it a try. I agree, there really is no substitute for real whipped cream.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Sounds great! I just may have to give this a try at Christmas! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Ha, I love it even more that it is plexiglass.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks sgbrown! I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A wonderful and simple dessert we can all share this season, thanks for bringing it to us. Will pass this on!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the support midget38. I hope you give it a try. Thanks.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      How interesting! I can't believe I've never heard of this dish. I'm sure the real whipped cream makes a big difference. I hope to try this, thanks!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much vespawoolf! It's such an easy dish, but oh so good. I hope you give it a try. Hope you are doing well!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! I just read a hub about English Trifle and now your hub about a cranberry dessert served in a trifle like dish. This one sounds intriguing! I might try making a smaller version of this sometime. Thanks for your recipe. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks Peggy W! I don't think you will be disappointed with this one and best of all it is so easy to make. I appreciate the support.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting recipe and it looks delicious.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you rajan. It is really good all year round, but even better around the holidays here.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. As you say, it is easy to make. It does look beautiful in a trifle bowl. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us and I agree, real whipped cream is so much better than Cool Whip and Reddi Whip.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi suzettenaples - Thanks so much for reading this recipe. I always try to use real whipped cream when I can and if I have both side by side, I can really taste the chemicals in the cool whip. On the other hand, sometimes it's really convenient to use it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      This sounds and looks so YUMMY! One question, what are soda crackers similar to for us in Ireland as we don't get them. I wonder are they like digestive biscuits which I use as a cheesecake base (non baking type). Love the ingredients and you can never replace real whipped cream, can you!! Heavenly, I am dying to try this out, votes ++++++ shared and pinned to my delicious deserts!

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This sounds divine! I love that bitter sweet taste of cranberries. How great would this be for the holidays!?!?

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much Suzie! I'm not sure what the equivalent would be in Ireland for soda crackers...here they have product names like Saltines or Zesta crackers. Simple square salted crackers. They don't have too much flavor. I appreciate comments and shares. Hope you try it and enjoy it!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi Rebecca - Many thanks for the comments. I like that sweet tart flavor too and this is beautiful on a holiday table.

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      ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

      Wow this looks delicious, can't wait to try this :)

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much ketage. I know you'll love it!

    • Beth37 2 years ago

      That looks so good. My husbands aunt has a recipe with pineapples and pretzels... who knew. lol Great hub. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      Hi Beth37 - Thanks for stopping by. Pineapple and pretzels hmmmm. I have tried a dessert with strawberries and pretzels and it was ok. I think we can get away with mixing pretty much any combo and someone will like it.

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      Victoria Van Ness 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

      This looks really amazing! We have dinner parties here all the time. I'll have to try this out! Thank you for the great recipe!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      This dessert would definitely be a conversation piece VVanNess. It's not something one sees everyday. Glad you liked the recipe and thanks for stopping by!

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      Mary Norton 23 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Something to try. Can't wait to taste it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 23 months ago

      Hi aesta1 - So glad you stopped by. This is a yummy dessert. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • cindy 23 months ago

      you should try this recipe with crushed up graham crackers instead of soda crackers , very good

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 23 months ago

      Cindy - That sounds delicious and I will be giving that a try. I love the flavor of graham crackers and it would add an interesting taste. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    • Lisa Von der luft 20 months ago

      Hi I am sooo glad I found your recipe. My mother made this one time years ago before she passed away unexpectedly and I have been looking for this ever since. I have learned that this is a Swedish dessert according to a contest 2nd place winner for the 2012 Minnesota state fair, put on by Pampered Chef, Alyssa Porubcan, Plymouth, Minnesota. I cried when I looked at your pictures because of the great memories it brought back.

      Thank You very much for posting this recipe I will be making this for sure!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 20 months ago

      Hi Lisa Von der luft - I'm so glad you left me this wonderful comment. I hope this lives up to the one your mother made. I have recipes like that too that remind me of my grandmother. They are special to me like this one is to you. Thank you for making my day!

    • Nick 8 months ago

      This treat is a tradition in my family. We are also from the midwest. The dish is actually Swedish. Swedes heavily settled the midwest. Its called yiftis in my family. Close to the yifta described. My Swedish great grandmother used to make it, as did my grandmother and then my mother.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 8 months ago

      I've heard it called that too Nick. It really is a good dessert and something totally different than what one normally sees. Thanks for checking the recipe out.

    • Kathie 4 weeks ago

      This is a classic Swedish dish that I had every year at Christmas growing up- called "yiftis". We all loved it- and the Swedish elders said it reminded them of home

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