It may be a bit retro, but this Cool Whip Jello mold is a great recipe for a holiday or potluck and may even be the hit at the dessert table. Raspberry jello is combined with whipped topping and then layered with a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, and Cool Whip; the finishing touch is a garnish of fresh raspberries.
The pretty pink color is perfect for Easter, a baby or bridal shower, and even Christmastime. Use a decorative clear glass dish with high sides so everyone can see the attractive layers.
- 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry Jello
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 package (8 ounces) low-fat cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- 2 containers (9 ounces each) low-fat Cool Whip (thawed)
- Garnish: Fresh or frozen raspberries
Gather the ingredients.
Place the Jello powder in a large bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until dissolved. Stir in the cold water.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat the sugar and cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
Beat in the milk. Stir in one container of Cool Whip.
Remove Jello from the refrigerator and stir in the remaining container of the Cool Whip until completely smooth.
In a glass bowl with tall sides, pour half of the raspberry Jello mixture, leveling it out. Top with the cream cheese-Cool Whip mixture, using a rubber spatula to even out. Add the remaining raspberry Jello mixture, smoothing out the top.
Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
Garnish with raspberries in whatever design you prefer.
Other Jello Recipes
Although Jello can seem a bit old-fashioned, it can actually be transformed into a variety of interesting desserts, as well as fun adult treats. When it is too hot out to turn on the oven, try a no-bake pie or cake recipe using Jello, such as an easy lemon icebox cake, or a lime Jello Cool Whip pie. Jello is also a great ingredient to use to make something fun and impressive for a holiday, like a patriotic jiggly treat for the 4th of July, or a "brain" Jello mold for Halloween. Easter eggs can be even more delicious when made from different flavors of Jello, and Thanksgiving cranberry sauce is anything but boring when made with Jello.
And let's not forget about those Jello shots! More than just a mixture of Jello and vodka in a small cup, you can turn the colored powder into a variety of cool looking and delicious tasting adult treats. Try adorable pink lemonade Jello shots in lemon wedges for your next summer gathering, or some sparkling heart-shaped Jello shots for Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day!). Some rainbow cake Jello shots will add an extra special element to any type of party—just be sure to keep away from the kids!