Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

Dress up your dessert table with this beautiful Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert. Raspberry Jell-O with little cubes of pound cake, a cheesecake layer, then a delicious cranberry compote. Topping it all off is a scrumptious brown sugar crumble.

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

Fresh cranberries found in the market this time of year make this treat perfect for your holidays. The recipe calls for a 13 x 9, but for this particular blog I used an 11 x 8 plus 2 goblets to better show you the layers. Also, you could use cranberry flavored Jell-O, or even strawberry; any red flavored Jell-O gelatin would look and taste great.

Making the Jell-O bottom layer

Using a 13 x 9 clear baking dish (if you want to show off your beautiful layers), make and pour raspberry flavored Jell-O gelatin over cubed pound cake. Buy the pound cake in the freezer section and cut the cake into small 1/2″ cubes until you have 2 cups worth. Stir the cubes and Jell-O together to coat the pound cake, then put the dish in the refrigerator. Because this needs to set up for a few hours, start with this layer first.

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

Making the cheesecake middle layer

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until it’s smooth. Add the Cool Whip and spread the mixture on top of the Jell-O layer. Even though this is the middle layer, I make this part last and then assemble everything. This will make more sense (I hope) as you keep reading.

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

Making the top layer

The top layer consists of 2 parts, the cranberry compote (so yummy!) and the brown sugar crumble (also yummy!). Both need to be cooked and then cooled off before putting on tp of the cheesecake layer, which is why I make this part before the cheesecake layer. In other words, this way the compote and crumbles have time to cool off while making the cheesecake layer.

So let’s do the brown sugar crumbles first. In a microwave safe bowl, mix flour and brown sugar together, then cut in cold butter until the mixture in crumbly. Microwave for 3 minutes stirring after each minute. Microwave for another 1 or 2 minutes stirring after about 30 seconds until the mixtures becomes a little crisp and begins to turn a golden brown. At that point, mix in some finely chopped nuts and let cool on a plate.

Next is the cranberry compote. In another microwave safe bowl, mix the fresh cranberries with water and sugar. Microwave for 3 straight minutes and stir. Microwave for another 3 minutes stirring after each minute. Lastly, microwave for another 3 minutes. Now the berries should be broken down and the water/sugar has thickened up some. Set aside to cool.

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

Putting it all together

At this point, everything should be made, set, and cooled so that all that’s left is to put it all together. The cheesecake mixture gets spread over the Jell-O mixture, then put the cranberry compote over the cheesecake layer. Lastly, sprinkle the brown sugar crumble over the entire dessert and you’re done.

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

As mentioned earlier, this Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert recipe calls for a 13 x 9 baking dish, but that isn’t what I used in this blog. If you want to make it using 2 goblets and an 11 x 8 baking dish, here’s how. Follow all the same steps only fill the goblets first. Pour the Jell-O mixture about 1/3 of the way into the goblets, then pour the rest of the Jell-O mixture into your 11 x 8 dish. Add about 8 cubes of pound cake into each goblet, then dump the rest of the cubes into the 11 x 8 dish. Do the same with the next layers and it will turn out beautifully.

Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

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Layered Cranberry Cheesecake Dessert

A cool refreshing dessert of Jell-O with pound cake, a cheesecake layer, then fresh cranberry compote topped with a brown sugar crumble.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cooling/refrigeration time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 13 x 9, cheesecake, cranberries, holidays, Jell-O
Servings: 24 people
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


For the bottom Jell-O layer

  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 6 oz. box raspberry Jell-O gelatin (or other red Jell-O flavor like cranberry)
  • 1 cup cold water plus ice cubes
  • 2 cups pound cake, cut into 1/2" cubes

For the cranberry compote layer

  • 6 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

For the crumble topping

  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped

For cheesecake layer

  • 2 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, (16 oz. total) softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 oz. tub Cool Whip


For the bottom Jell-O layer

  • Stir gelatin into boiling water whisking until powder is dissolved. In a 2-cup measuring cup measure 1 cup of cold water, then add ice cubes until it measures 2 cups. Pour cold water into gelatin and continue stirring.
  • In 13 x 9 dish (clear if you want to see the pretty layers) pour the gelatin over the pound cake cubes. Turn cubes to evenly coat. Refrigerate for approx. 3 hours or until set.

For the cranberry compote layer

  • In microwave-safe bowl, mix the cranberries, sugar, and water. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir. Microwave for another 3 minutes stirring after each minute. Microwave 3 more minutes. (9 min. total) The cranberries should be broken down and the sugar water thickened up. Set aside to cool.

For the crumble topping

  • In microwave-safe bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter with 2 knives or a pasty blender until the mixture becomes crumbly. Microwave 3 minutes, stirring after each minute. Microwave 1-2 minutes more until mixture turns golden brown. Add nuts and stir. Set aside on a large plate to cool.

For cheesecake layer

  • Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the Cool Whip. Mix thoroughly.


  • Spoon the cheesecake layer over the Jell-O layer. Next, add the cooled cranberry compote,. Lastly, top with cooled brown sugar crumble. Refrigerate any leftovers. Enjoy!


Calories: 186kcal
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Looking for more dessert ideas? Try this Harvest Dirt Trifle, a spin-off of the traditional Dirt Cake made with Oreo cookies, or you might like this German Apple Cheesecake made like Grandma’s.

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  1. Omg..this sounds so scrumptious and easy! I dont care that both my brothers are diabetic.. I’m 100% bringing this to the ROLER turkey table..