For over a century, Jell-O has been a part of American culture and, according to a 1904 edition of the Ladies Home Journal, “America’s Favorite Dessert” (conveniently enough named such in an advertisement paid for by Jell-O before anyone was really buying it all). That said, ever since then it really has been one of the most popular deserts in America!
2 boxes Jello (red) (I use cherry)
1 sm. crushed pineapple in its own juice
2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 c. hot water, boiling
Chopped pecans, sugared cranberries, optional
Mix Jello in hot water. Then add 2 cans cranberry sauce. Stir until dissolved. Pour half in long pan or dish. Chill until set. Cover remaining and leave set out. After first half is chilled, take softened cream cheese and pineapple and juice. Mix together with fork. Spread on top of first half, sprinkle with chopped pecans (if desired). Pour last half of Jello mixture on top gently. Chill until set. Great with turkey or ham.