By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Gloria Pitzer’s Cookbook – Best Of The Recipe Detective (Balboa Press; Jan. 2018, P. 286). [A revised reprint of Gloria Pitzer’s Better Cookery Cookbook (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; May 1983, 3rd Edition).]

DESSERTS FROM D-ZERTA became a life-saver whenever I wanted a snack and couldn’t think of anything sinfully delicious (plus, low-cal and low-carb)! Prepare the gelatin per box directions, but substitute sugar-free soda for the required water, in the directions. Sugar-free cola and cherry gelatin is very good! Sugar-free 7-Up or Vernors goes well with strawberry flavored gelatin, also!


1 envelope D-Zerta cherry-flavored gelatin

2 cups sugar-free cherry soda

8-oz cream cheese

¼ cup heavy (un-whipped) whipping cream

1 cup sour cream

1 tsp almond extract

½ cup finely crushed pecans or walnuts

Whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings, to garnish


Prepare D-Zerta per envelope directions (with sugar-free cherry soda rather than water) and place in refrigerator until it is syrup-like, but not firm. Meanwhile, beat together the cream cheese, heavy (un-whipped) whipping cream, sour cream, and almond extract.

When smooth and creamy, fold in the syrup-like gelatin mixture. Grease a 9-inch layer cake pan and dust it evenly over the bottom and sides with the finely crushed pecans or walnuts. Shake out the excess nuts but reserve them for the top of the dessert.

Pour in the cheese mixture, adding a small dollop of whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings to garnish. Sprinkle top with the remaining nuts. Chill until firm. Serves 8. Remember the “reasonable” serving rule!


See also…

Mondays & Memories of My Mom – Decorate With Meaningful Colors

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Hi! I'm Laura Emerich and Gloria Pitzer, the ORIGINAL Secret Recipe Detective, is my mom. This website is lovingly dedicated to her memory and legacy.

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