Better than Pie! Thanksgiving Berry Pineapple Cream Cheese Dessert.
Raspberries, blueberries, crushed pineapple, cream cheese frosting and pecans.
Side dish. Ever.
You’ll have to decide which title to use since I use this treat for a Thanksgiving side dish, eat some more in place of my pie, and have an extra pan in the fridge for breakfast the next morning! Texture abounds in this family classic starting with the crushed pineapple, chopped berries, smooth frosting and finishing with the crunchy pecans on top! (Although like always, I have to leave half the pan bare for the hubs who isn’t crazy about nuts like I am 🙂 So, whether you are a nut fan or not, this side dish/dessert/breakfast is second to none. Best of all, it’s pretty easy too.
P.S.- make two pans. You will NOT regret it. Alrighty then, let’s get to it!
Boil 3 cups of water and dissolve your raspberry jello into it. Drain the juice of your canned crushed pineapple into a large bowl and set the can of pineapple pulp to the side.
Combine the pineapple juice and hot dissolved jello
Keep it in the bowl and put it in the fridge until it resembles the consistency of egg whites.
While it is chilling, toss your frozen blueberries and raspberries into your chopper, or chop them yourself.
Pull your jello out of the fridge, add the pineapple pulp and chopped berries. Stir it up and pour it into your pans for serving. (This recipe is for a 9×13 pan, but its Thanksgiving so we went for a prettier serving dish.)
While it is setting up, we whip up the amazing cream cheese frosting. The magic ingredient actually isn’t the cream cheese, its sour cream!! My 12 year old watched me put the frosting together and said “that’s weird.” Followed by a lick and a quick rebuttle- “That’s GOOOD!”
If you have an especially cute little helper, scooping the sour cream into the bowl could be her job… or so she told me 🙂
Add your cream cheese and your sugar. Beat it till it’s smooooth.
As soon as your pineapple-berry perfection is totally set up, add the cloud of heavenly frosting on top.
Frost it thick.
Top with pecans. Just do it. Don’t hold back. Clearly I didn’t 🙂
With your first pan, serve at your Thanksgiving table. Accept the “oohs” and “ahhs” from your guests with grace and humility.
Your second pan you will want to keep it in the fridge, in the back, covered with a lid and the most unpopular produce on top to hide it. Enjoy it for as many breakfasts as you can without getting caught. Best side dish/dessert/breakfast ever.
Congratulations on your new Thanksgiving tradition!
These Turkeys are ready to dig in!
Thanksgiving Berry Pineapple Cream Cheese Dessert
1 8oz can crushed pineapple
2 3oz boxes of raspberry jello
3 cups boiling water
1 small bag frozen blueberries
1 small bag frozen raspberries
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz sour cream
1 1/2 c pecans
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