Clementines, a variety of Mandarin orange, are plentiful in winter. In a pinch substitute 2 (29-oz.) cans mandarin oranges in light syrup, drained. Garnish with leftover cookies.

Recipe by Southern Living February 2009

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Credit: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
chill:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 30 mins
Yield:
Makes 6 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Beat cream cheese, sugar, zest, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla at medium-high speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 30 seconds or until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Fold in whipped cream, and spoon into a 1-gal. zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag, and chill 2 to 24 hours.

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  • Peel clementines, and separate into segments. (Yield should be 4 cups.)

  • Microwave marmalade in a medium bowl at HIGH 20 seconds or until melted. Stir in clementine segments, poppy seeds, and remaining 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Remove and reserve 6 segments. Divide half of clementine mixture among 6 (10- to 13-oz.) glasses. Top each with 2 cookies. Repeat layers once.

  • Snip 1 corner of bag with cream cheese mixture with scissors to make a 1-inch hole. Pipe mixture onto cookies in glasses. Serve immediately, or cover and chill 2 hours. Top with reserved segments just before serving, and garnish, if desired.

  • Note: For testing purposes only, we used Anna's Ginger Thins. A 2 1/2- to 3-qt. trifle dish may be substituted for 6 (10- to 13-oz.) glasses.

  • Lightened Clementine-Gingersnap Trifles: Substitute reduced-fat cream cheese for regular cream cheese and 1 (8-oz.) container reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed, for whipped heavy cream. Decrease sugar to 1 Tbsp. Proceed with recipe as directed.

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