easy cranberry desserts
i need to bring some sort of dish to my son's first grade thanksgiving lunch. i'd like it to be kid friendly, but also yummy-- i was thinking of maybe combining cranberry (preferably fresh) and chocolate in some way since i know there'll be a lot of pumpkin pies. am open to all suggestions as long as they are fairly simple and inexpensive to make.
if anyone has any other ideas for a kid-friendly thanksgiving dish (sweet or savory) to bring i'd be open to those too.
thanks in advance!
This recipe for Cranberry Mousse goes over well with young and old alike. You could bring it pre-portioned in Dixie cups for easier serving. It's also really easy to make- your son could even help you with it if he likes to help in the kitchen.
1 cup Ocean Spray® Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1 3-ounce package raspberry-flavored gelatin
1 16-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
2 cups frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
Bring cranberry juice cocktail to a boil in a saucepan. Take off the heat and stir in raspberry gelatin until dissolved. Pour mixture into a large bowl. With a elecric mixer on high, beat cranberry sauce in a small bowl for 1 minute. Stir into gelatin mixture until it begins to thicken, but not set. Gently fold in the whipped topping. Spon into individual serving dishes, or a decorative bowl, or a prepared pie shell (hmm, maybe a chocolate pie shell!). Chill until firm.
It was one of the first recipes I made- I tried it on a trip to Ocean Spray's Cranberry World in 7th grade or so and loved it. These days I'm not so keen on Cool Whip so if I made it again, I'd probably try to make a legitimate mousse recipe and cranberry it up.
re: Chris VR
Chris, have you seen the cheesecake in a tub that's sold in supermarket dairy sections?
Not sure what the brand is - it's refrigerated but in a Cool-Whip style tub. Very airy, and doubtless full of additives, but a guilty pleasure that I didn't allow myself to buy again. I used it on graham crackers, then topped with preserves as bite-sized instant cheesecake. It would be well-suited to parfaits or a recipe like yours.