Sunday, April 4, 2010

Layered Jello Squares

Now that I got your attention...
Don't mind the mess on my kitchen island...which is my workstation for all things craft and it pretty much looks like this all the time.

Here is the recipe for my layered jello squares. I had two recipes and didn't have the stuff for 1 recipe and the other had mixed reviews so I put them together and made my own. They set up nicely and got rave family reviews.
You'll need:

2 SM PKGS Lime Jello or 1 LG
2 SM PKGS Orange Jello or 1 LG
2 SM PKGS Red Jello or 1 LG
2 Envelopes Knox Unflavored Gelatin or 1 Envelope + 1 SM PKG Lemon Jello
1 CUP Sour Cream (Lite works)
7 CUPS Water

  1. Grease 9x13 pan with nonstick. Wipe excess off with a paper towel.

  2. Whisk 2 boxes of lime jello with 2 Cup Boiling Water. Place in the 9x13 pan and place pan in the refrigerator. Make sure it's level and let set for 30-45 minutes.

  3. While Green Layer is setting, begin making your white layer. It's important to start the next layer as soon as your current layer is setting so that it can cool down in time to be poured on w/out melting the last layer.

  4. Whisk 2 Knox unflavored gelatin or 1 Knox and 1 Lemon with 1 Cup boiling water. Then add the sour cream.

  5. As soon as the green layer is set, gently pour 1/2 of the white layer on top and let set another 30 minutes. Immediately begin making your orange layer.

  6. Whisk 2 Boxes of Orange Jello with 2 Cups boiling water. As soon as the white layer is set and your Orange mix has cooled just enough, pour gently on top of white layer and let set 30-45 minutes.

  7. Begin Making your Red Layer. Whisk 2 boxes of Red Jello w/2 Cups Boiling water and let set. Also reheat your white layer for about 20 seconds in the microwave so that you can easily pour it. If it is lumpy it will not pour well and it's difficult to flatten out.

  8. Pour the remaining white layer on top of the orange and let set for 30 minutes.

  9. Pour the last layer of red down and let set.

  10. Once totally set, you can slice into cubes and serve.


  • I used sugar free jello and lite sour cream.

  • Set up times are approximate. You may get away with shortening the time but it's important that it's set up enough between layers so that the layers do not mix. You can test this by touching it lightly. It should just be a little sticky not watery.

  • And begin making your next layer as soon as you put the jello back in the fridge to set up.

  • You can of course use any color!


  1. OOOHHH! That looks soooo pretty :-)
    I have tried this several time, more like attempted by I fail every time. LOL!

  2. Oh Claire, You gotta try this one. This is my own recipe after looking at several. I was afraid of failing big time but I thought, what the heck, I'm gonna do it! It worked really well. The importance is waiting for each row to set up long enough. And not adding too much water. Oh and the other tip is to make your next layer while the other one is chilling in the fridge that way it cools down enough but is still pourable so that it doesn't melt the previous layer.