Jello dessert recipes

Michele Borboa, MS

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Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle, Jello is always a kid-friendly favorite. Jello is also a mom-friendly favorite because it offers a delicious array of dessert opportunities, including layered fresh fruit treats, creamy molds, and even sorbet. Take advantage of the in-season spring and summer fruit and give these easy Jello dessert recipes a tasty try.

Jello peach sorbet

Layered Apricot Strawberry Jello Dessert

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8-serving) package apricot or strawberry flavor gelatin
  • 2 cups cold club soda
  • 1-1/2 cups finely crushed almond biscotti
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 1 cup fresh apricot slices
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together hot water and gelatin until gelatin dissolves.
  2. Stir in club soda. Refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours or until thickened.
  3. In a small bowl, combine biscotti crumbs and butter, tossing to combine. Press this mixture onto the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. In the bowl of a stand up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in 2 cups whipped topping.
  5. Spread cream cheese mixture over biscotti crust. Mix apricots and strawberries into gelatin mixture and layer this over cream cheese mixture.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Spread remaining whipped topping over gelatin layer to serve.

Mixed Berry Jello Mold

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8-serving) package strawberry flavored gelatin
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together hot water and gelatin until gelatin dissolves.
  2. Stir in cold water and refrigerate for 1 hour or until thickened.
  3. Stir in whipped topping and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until thickened.
  4. Stir in mixed berries and pour into a 6-cup mold. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  5. Unmold and serve with extra berries and whipped topping, if desired.

Peach Jello Sorbet

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (8-serving) package peach gelatin
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups cold seltzer water
  • Fresh peach slices or raspberries

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together hot water, gelatin, and sugar until gelatin dissolves.
  2. Stir in seltzer. Pour gelatin mixture into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Cover and freeze for 1-1/2 hours or until ice crystals begin to form around the edges.
  3. Transfer gelatin mixture to a blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour gelatin mixture back into baking dish and cover. Freeze overnight or until firm.
  4. To serve, scoop sorbet into dessert dishes and garnish with fruit.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for SheKnows.com specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at michele.borboa@sheknows.com or give her a tweet at http://twitter.com/micheleeborboa.

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