Jello Dessert Recipe

Lime Jello Dessert topped with whipped cream and Maraschino Cherries.

Jello Dessert Recipe is a layered dessert of Lemon Pie Filling, Lime Jello and fresh or canned pears.

Top it with the whipped cream, sprinkle it with the Graham Cracker crumbs, chopped pecans and Maraschino Cherries for an Old Fashioned Christmas Dinner or any other day delight for your family and friends.

The top can be sprinkled with various chopped nuts or with crushed cookie crumbs of your choice, if you prefer.

Included below is a delicious Strawberry and Banana Jello Dessert recipe that is perfect for a red Christmas or Valentine's Day.

Jello Dessert Recipe

  • 1 small pkg. (3oz.) lime Jello

  • 2 cups water, divided

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped fresh pears*

  • 2 small pkg. (3.4 oz. each) Jello Lemon Instant Pudding and Pie filling**

  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk

  • 8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (optional)

  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

  • Maraschino Cherries

Bring 1 cup water to a boiling point.

Sprinkle on the dry Jello and stir it for about 3 minutes until all the Jello granules have dissolved.

Stir in the other cup of cool water.

Add the chopped pear.

Pour into a 9" x 11" oblong glass dish.

Place dish in the refrigerator for about 2 hours until the Jello has congealed.

Pour the cold milk into a cold mixing bowl.

Sprinkle in the instant pie filling mix.

Mix for about 2 minutes.

Mix in the whipped topping until all of the lumps are gone.

Spread the pie mixture on top of the Jello and return it to the refrigerator for at least another hour.

Sprinkle the top with Graham Cracker crumbs, chopped pecans or almonds and Maraschino Cherries.

You can serve this at once.

However, for the best flavor, let it set in refrigerator overnight.

*Canned pears can be substituted, but they do not provide that full flavor and crunchy texture.

**If using another brand of instant pie filling mix, prepare according to the directions on the box.

Some brands differ in the amount of milk to use, so be aware of that issue.

Strawberry Banana
Jello Dessert Recipe

  • 1 small (3 oz,) pkg. Strawberry or Cherry Jello

  • 2 cups water, divided

  • 2 (3 oz.) package vanilla instant pudding

  • 2 1/2 cups cold milk

  • 8 oz. thawed whipped cream

  • Graham Cracker crumbs and pecans as in above recipe if desired.

  • 1 small package frozen strawberries thawed and drained or 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Put together according to directions above.

The strawberries and bananas can be included in the jello.

If you prefer to put the strawberries on top instead of in the jello, fresh one work best.

This also makes a great red Christmas Jello dessert!

These Jello is just as enjoyable throughout the year as it is at Christmas time.

Experiment with your other favorite Jellos and pudding combinations to serve your family and friends new yummy desserts.

Strawberry Dessert Squares

  • 2 cups finely crumbled chocolate graham crackers

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided

  • 2/3 cup melted butter

  • 12 oz. (1 1/2 8oz. pack) cream cheese. softened at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons whole milk

  • 1 cup Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups boiling water

  • 1 pack (8oz. serving size) Strawberry Jello

  • 1 1/4 cup cold water

  • 4 cups fresh, whole strawberries

  • Additional whole strawberries, optional

You can substitute the fresh strawberries with a 20oz. pack of frozen strawberries. 

Mix together the chocolate graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and the butter. 

Press the mixture onto the bottom of a 13" x 9" glass baking pan.

Bake crust in a preheated oven 350F. for 10 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack. 

Cream together cream cheese, the other 1/4 cup sugar and milk until well blended.

Fold in the Homemade Whipped Cream.

Spread cream cheese mixture, evenly over the crust.

Refrigerate it until you are ready to add the next layer. 

Empty the packet of dry Jello into a large heatproof bowl and add the boiling water. 

Stir it until the Jello completely dissolves. 

Stir in the cold water.

Refrigerate for 1 1/2 hours or until it thickens.

Test it!

When a spoon is drawn through the gelatin it leaves a definite impression.

Stir in the whole strawberries. 

Spoon mixture over the cream cheese layer.

Refrigerate it for 3 hours or until it is firm. 

Remove it from the refrigerator, cut it into squares and serve it with additional Homemade Whipped Cream if you so desired. 

History Of Gelatin Desserts

A gelatin dessert recipe was first recorded in a cook book The Art Of Cookery by Hannah Glasse in the 1700s. 

The gelatin dessert was actually just one layer of a trifle and Hannah Glasse called the recipe Jelly Dessert instead of a Gelatin Dessert. 

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