Old Fashioned Cranberry Salad Ice Box Cake
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Old Fashioned Cranberry Salad Ice Box Cake

This ice box cake may not win for the best looking dessert, but it will win for “The best throwback to Grandma’s Recipe Award”. Based on a classic Cranberry Salad recipe and an Ice Box Cake recipe this dessert will tempt your tastebuds. A "salad" never tasted so good!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry dessert, cranberry icebox cake, icebox pie
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 385kcal
Author: Mrs Major Hoff


For The Crust

  • 1 box vanilla wafer cookies 11 oz, crushed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar loosely packed
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Cranberry Salad Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce canned or use my popular recipe!
  • 2 TBSP granulated sugar
  • 1 8oz bar cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows


For the Crust:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Crush the vanilla wafers in a bag with a rolling pin or place in a food processor and crush until they are crumbs.
  • In a large bowl, combine all the wafers, sugar and butter.
  • Remove 1/8th of a cup for later - to sprinkle on the top
  • Press the wafer mixture firmly into a 9 x 13 baking sheet. Bake for 6-8 mins, allowing it to cook. Remove before edges turn brown.
  • Rest on a cooling rack and allow to cool.

For the Cranberry Salad

  • In a large mixer, beat the whipping cream until it turns into whipped cream. Add in 2 TBSP's sugar very slowly, allowing it to incorporate but not become over whipped. Fold in the drained pineapple and the cranberry sauce. Add in the cream cheese and whip until combined. Fold in the mini marshmallows by hand.

To assemble the dessert:

  • After the crust is cooled, spread the cranberry salad onto the crust. Cover with cling wrap and allow to chill in a freezer for at least 2 hrs. Serve with in a few hours. The crust can get soft after a day or two.
  • ENJOY!


Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 198mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 560IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.3mg