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Cranberry Dessert With Whipped Cream and Crackers Recipe

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers

Cranberry Dessert with Whipped Cream and Crackers

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 its 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.

Cranberry Dessert ready for the table.

Cranberry Dessert ready for the table.

What do you think about this unique dessert?

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

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.

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.

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.

Step 4 - Perfect whipped cream ready to use.

Step 4 - Perfect whipped cream ready to use.

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!

© 2012 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Kathie on December 24, 2016:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 15, 2016:

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.

Nick on May 11, 2016:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 26, 2015:

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!

Lisa Von der luft on May 22, 2015:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 18, 2015:

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.

cindy on February 12, 2015:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 09, 2015:

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

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 08, 2015:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 10, 2014:

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!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on February 07, 2014:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 28, 2014:

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.

Beth37 on January 27, 2014:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 11, 2013:

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

ketage from Croatia on June 10, 2013:

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

Thanks for the recipe.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 15, 2013:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 15, 2013:

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!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 13, 2013:

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

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on May 13, 2013:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 29, 2013:

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.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 29, 2013:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 14, 2013:

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

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 13, 2013:

Interesting recipe and it looks delicious.

Voted up and interesting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 27, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 23, 2012:

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!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 23, 2012:

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!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 20, 2012:

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

Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 19, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 17, 2012:

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

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 16, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on December 16, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 16, 2012:

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!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 15, 2012:

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.

frogyfish from Central United States of America on December 14, 2012:

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.)

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 14, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 14, 2012:

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!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 14, 2012:

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

Dianna Mendez on December 13, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 12, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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

breakfastpop on December 12, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 12, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

Thanks so much Gypsy48. I hope you enjoy it!

Nell Rose from England on December 12, 2012:

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!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 12, 2012:

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

Gypsy48 on December 12, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

Thanks so much Laurasmother!

Laurasmother from Europe on December 12, 2012:

Thank you for sharing!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

I appreciate it Mhatter!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 12, 2012:

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

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 11, 2012:

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

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 11, 2012:

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 11, 2012:

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

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 11, 2012:

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

Claudia Tello from Mexico on December 11, 2012:

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