Aunt Chris' Cranberry Jell-O Mold

My Aunt Chris (my mom's sister) is seriously creative in all areas of life. She's a career hair stylist, sews the most gorgeous quilts, and is an incredible cook. Going to dinner at her house meant I was always in for a delight!


Every Thanksgiving she would always make her famous Cranberry Jell-O mold just for me. To this day, it's still my favorite thing on the table at Thanksgiving. Its presence on my plate is extremely disproportionate to everything else, and I'm okay with that.


I know that a lot of you are probably like THIS RECIPE HAS JELL-O NOT ONLY IN IT BUT ALSO IN THE TITLE? Honey, all I can say is that if this comes as a surprise to you, you need to spend a little more time getting to know Grossy. Now go make this recipe and call me when you are absolutely covered in it by the end of your Thanksgiving meal!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 3 oz package of cranberry Jell-O or strawberry Jell-O

1 cup boiling water

1/4 cup cold water

1 14oz can whole berry cranberry sauce

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, strained

Jell-O mold or bowl


WHAT YOU'LL DO

Mix together a 3 oz package of cranberry Jell-O or strawberry Jell-O, 1 cup boiling water, and 1/4 cup cold water. It's important to have all ingredients ready before you combine. Combine ingredients until Jell-O is dissolved. Let stand until slightly firm, around 8 minutes or so.


Meanwhile, strain the 14oz can whole berry cranberry sauce and 20 oz can crushed pineapple then combine in a bowl with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.


Add to your Jell-O and stir until combined.


Pour mixture into your Jell-O mold or bowl. Place a cover on your Jell-O mold or bowl and let set for at least 2 hours in the fridge. You can make this a few days in advance of your meal, of course!


It's time to un-mold your Jell-O! If you are using a bowl, just remove the cover and serve from the bowl with a spoon.


Un-molding the Jell-O mold can be a nerve racking thrill ride that will either change your life or destroy it!!! Or you can be like me and not give a fuck and be happy no matter what because it's SO DELICIOUS!!!!!


Take the cover off of your mold and place a dish on top. Place one hand on the bottom of the plate and one hand on the top of the mold. Apply pressure to this glorious sandwich and flip. Jell-O molds are made so the Jell-O just slides right off, so you got this— you are doing great, sweetie!


She is flipped. Now, we open from the bottom and let the magic happen. Remember that no matter what, you are a genius angel human who will soon be the crown king/queen/genderless royalty of Thanksgiving!!!


She is a wonder! Perfectly imperfect and perfectly delicious. And also part Jell-O which you don't have to tell anyone. Your call.


Make it step-by-step with me below!

1. Here is what you need to make this absolute Thanksgiving masterpiece!

2. Here is an alternative version of things you need to make this absolute Thanksgiving masterpiece!

3. This is: one 3 oz package of cranberry Jell-O or strawberry Jell-O, 1 cup boiling water, and 1/4 cup cold water. It's important to have all ingredients ready before you combine.

4. Combine ingredients until Jell-O is dissolved. Let stand until slightly firm, around 8 minutes or so.

5. Meanwhile, strain 14oz can whole berry cranberry sauce and 20 oz can crushed pineapple, then combine in a bowl with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

6. Combine!

7. Add to your Jell-O and stir until combined.

8. Pour into your Jell-O mold or bowl.

9. Place a cover on your Jell-O mold or bowl and let set for at least 2 hours in the fridge. You can make this a few days in advance of your meal, of course!

10. It's time to un-mold your Jell-O! If you are using a bowl, just remove the cover and serve from the bowl with a spoon.


Un-molding the Jell-O mold can be a nerve-wrecking thrill ride that will either change your life or destroy it!!! Or you can be like me and not give a fuck and be happy no matter what because it's SO DELICIOUS!!!!!


Take the cover off of your mold, place a dish on top. Place one hand on the bottom of the plate and one hand on the top of the mold. Apply pressure to this glorious sandwich and flip. Jell-O molds are made so the Jell-O just slides right off, so you got this—you are doing great, sweetie!

11. She is flipped. Now, we open from the bottom and let the magic happen. Remember, no matter what, you are a genius angel human who will soon be the crown king/queen/genderless royalty of Thanksgiving!!!

12. She is a wonder! Perfectly imperfect and perfectly delicious. And also part Jell-O which you don't have to tell anyone. Your call.

13. I do not know a better throuple.


Enjoy!