Creamy Cranberry Mousse made with canned cranberry sauce, cranberry juice, Jello and whipped cream. Delicious cranberry dessert that is simple to make and delicious to eat!
This light and refreshing cranberry mousse recipe is a favorite fall dessert. With only 4 ingredients, this recipe is perfect for a sweet snack or even dessert on Thanksgiving. Only a few minutes of prep time required, but there is quite a bit of chill time involved, so make sure to make the mousse the day before serving to make sure it has plenty of time to set up.
CREAMY CRANBERRY MOUSSE INGREDIENTS
Cranberry sauce – You will need one 14 ounce can of jellied or whole berry cranberry sauce – it just depends on your preference. Just open the can and dump it out!
Cranberry juice – The recipe calls for 1 cup of cranberry juice. You can use any brand you’d like. You can even vary the flavor a little bit and use cran-apple or cran-raspberry juice – any kind of cranberry mix will work well!
Jello – You will need a small box (3 ounces) of either cranberry or raspberry gelatin. I really like using raspberry Jello with cran-raspberry juice because it dilutes the cranberry flavor a little bit, but if you really love a strong cranberry flavor, you can use cranberry Jello with regular cranberry juice.
Whipping cream – The recipe calls for 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Make sure to whip up the cream before you add to the other ingredients. If you want to lighten the recipe up a little bit and save a few calories, you can use Cool Whip instead. The texture will be a little bit different, but the taste will be very similar.
HOW TO MAKE CREAMY CRANBERRY MOUSSE
In a large saucepan, bring the cranberry sauce and juice to a boil; cook and stir until smooth. Stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Cool slightly; transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate for one hour or until mixture begins to set up.
Fold in the whipped cream. Spoon the mousse into dessert dishes. Chill for 3-4 hours or until firm.
Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a few fresh cranberries for decoration.
CREAMY CRANBERRY MOUSSE
- 1 can 14 ounces jellied cranberry sauce
- 1 cup cranberry juice
- 1 package 3 ounces cranberry or raspberry gelatin
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream whipped until stiff peaks form
- In a large saucepan, bring the cranberry sauce and juice to a boil; cook and stir until smooth. Stir in the gelatin until dissolved. Cool slightly; transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate for one hour or until mixture begins to set up.
- Fold in the whipped cream. Spoon the mousse into dessert dishes. Chill for 3-4 hours or until firm.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a few fresh cranberries for decoration.
HOW DO YOU WHIP CREAM?
Whipping cream is easy to do, especially if you know a little trick! Use a metal bowl and freeze it for at least 30 minutes before whipping the cream. This cuts so much time from the process! Before I learned this trick, it would take 8-10 minutes of beating the cream before it would get stiff, but now it only takes 3-4 minutes!
Place the whipping cream in the bowl immediately after removing the bowl from the freezer. Use an electric mixer turned up fairly high to beat the whipped cream. The whipped cream is ready when stiff peaks form as you lift up the beaters.
Make sure to use a fairly large bowl, even if you don’t have much cream – it does tend to splatter if your bowl isn’t big enough! You can whip the cream a few hours or even a couple of days in advance – just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
How long does mousse last?
Creamy Cranberry Mousse has to set up for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator before serving. I usually make it the night before I serve it. The mousse tends to start to separate and break down a little bit if it sits in the refrigerator for too long, so make sure to eat it within a day or two of making it. It never lasts that long at my house anyways so it’s never been a problem!
What type of Jello to use in cranberry mousse recipe?
You can use cranberry Jello if you can find it, but if not, raspberry Jello works great too! The flavor of the cranberry sauce and cranberry juice is strong enough that you won’t really be able to taste the raspberry anyways. You could also use cherry Jello if you prefer.
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Creamy Cranberry Mousse made with cranberry sauce, cranberry juice, Jello and whipped cream. Delicious cranberry dessert that is simple to make and delicious to eat!