Easter Jello Recipe

Brighten up your Easter celebration with our festive and colorful Easter Jello Recipe, perfect for a springtime dessert delight!

Colorful Treats for the Holiday – Easter Jello Recipes

Easter is a time for joy, vibrant colors, and delightful treats. And Easter Sunday will be here before you know it.

It’s my favorite time of the year and a time when family and friends gather to celebrate and create cherished memories. 

For me, one particular Easter tradition stands out above all others – my sister’s homemade rainbow jello cake. 

The colorful layers masterpiece has graced our Easter table for the past 30 years, becoming an integral part of our holiday celebrations.

A rainbow cake on a plate.

Easter Memories

Every year, my sister would diligently prepare layer after layer of brightly colored jello, carefully arranging them to form a mesmerizing rainbow pattern. 

The anticipation of slicing into that cake and seeing the vibrant colors spill out was enough to make our mouths water with excitement.

As children, my siblings and I couldn’t wait to devour a slice of the rainbow jello cake. We would marvel at the burst of flavors and textures, each layer offering a unique taste experience. 

It became a symbol of Easter for us – a festive, sweet reminder of the joy and togetherness that this special holiday represents.

Although my sister is no longer with us, her legacy lives on through this cherished Easter tradition. 

Every year, as I carefully prepare the rainbow jello cake, I can’t help but feel her presence in the kitchen. 

A rainbow jello on a plate.

It’s a bittersweet moment that brings back a flood of memories and fills my heart with both happiness and a hint of sadness.

But amidst the emotions, there is a sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the enduring love and connection we shared as a family. 

Gratitude for the joy that Easter brings, not just in the form of a colorful dessert, but in the bonds we create and the traditions we pass down from one generation to the next.

A plate topped with colorful squares of cake.

Embrace Tradition

This year, as you gather with your loved ones to celebrate Easter, I encourage you to embrace the spirit of tradition and create your own meaningful memories. 

Whether it’s through a delectable jello dessert, a heartfelt conversation, or a simple moment of togetherness, let this holiday be a time to nourish your soul and strengthen the bonds that tie us all together.

We will share with you delightful Easter Jello Recipes that will add a splash of color and excitement to your holiday table. 

From jello shots to layered parfaits, and a strawberry pretzel salad, there is something for everyone. It’s amazing what you can do with a bowl of jello.

Strawberry cheesecake on a plate with a teapot.

Let’s dive in and discover the magic of this festive treat!

Key Takeaways

  • Embrace the tradition of Easter dinner and create cherished memories with loved ones with Jell-O desserts.
  • A homemade rainbow jello cake can be a colorful centerpiece for your Easter celebration.
  • Each layer of the jello cake offers a burst of flavors and textures.
  • Traditions can serve as a reminder of the love and togetherness shared as a family and how much fun holiday traditions can be.

More Easter Recipes

Easter Jello Eggs

Easter desserts such as jello eggs filled with a dollop of Cool Whip made to look like a deviled egg tray are a favorite colorful treat for Easter time.

You can also choose to fill the egg halves with cream cheese if you prefer.

Either way, it’s a fun dessert and delicious recipe.

A group of colorful jello eggs.

Gather Your Ingredients 🛒

  • Flavored gelatin mix — pick your favorite pastel colors to make these eggs uniquely yours!
  • Boiling water — it’s what’s needed to transform your powdered gelatin into jiggly joy.
  • Frozen whipped topping, thawed — because everyone loves a cloud-like dollop of sweetness.
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix — this will create the creamy “yolk” that’s oh so delightful.

For exact measurements, please see the printable recipe card below.

Your Step-by-Step Hatching Guide 📘

  • Start with love and enthusiasm: Spray two egg-shaped gelatin mold cavities with cooking spray, and snap those halves together like a happy Easter hug!
  • Whisk in the wonder: Mix the box of jello with cup of water.. In a large heatproof glass measuring cup, whisk your flavored gelatin mix with the boiling water until fully dissolved and ready for magic.
  • Pour with care: Gently pour that colorful liquid into your ready-and-waiting molds. Then tuck them into the fridge to chill out for about 3 hours, until they’re set and ready for the next step in their transformation.
  • Unmold your masterpieces: Carefully unsnap the molds and free your perfect gelatin eggs. Cut each egg in half lengthwise with the precision and love of an artisan.
  • Using a melon ball tool, scoop out a little bit in the center so they look like normal eggs.
  • Whip up the “yolk”: In a mixing bowl, fold the whipped topping and instant vanilla pudding mix together until they’re as smooth as a bunny’s coat.
  • Pipe with joy: Scoop your pudding mixture into a piping bag or a makeshift plastic bag with the corner cut off, and swirl about 1 tablespoon of the creamy filling into the center of each egg half. Watch as they turn into tiny nests of happiness.
  • Chill your prepared halves until you just can’t wait any longer! Pop those beauties back into the fridge until you’re ready to share and savor.
A group of colorful jello eggs.

​Recipe Variations

Here are a few recipe variations:

  • Make your own whipped cream using heavy cream or a packet of whip topping. 
  • Use Vanilla yogurt for less calories.
  • Choose several different bright colors.
  • Make them rainbow colors starting with your darkest color (grape layer) for the first layer and the lightest color for the final layer.

Easter Jello Shots Recipes

Creating a delicious Easter Jello Recipe no bake dessert, is easier than you think, and it only requires a few simple ingredients and basic kitchen equipment. 

List of ingredients 

  • Regular jello
  • Coconut milk
  • Flavored gelatin
  • Water
  • Vodka (optional)

These ingredients will give your jello dessert its colorful and flavorful appeal.


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  • Jello mold
  • Jello egg molds
  • Large bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cups
  • Kettle to boil water

How to Make Easter Jello Shots

Impress your friends and family this Easter with delicious and colorful Jello Shots. Follow this step-by-step guide to create the perfect Easter-themed treats.

Easy Easter Jello Shots Recipe
  1. Start by preparing the jello according to the package instructions. Dissolve the jello mixture completely in hot water and stir until smooth.
  2. Once the jello is fully dissolved, you can choose to add vodka for an adult version or water for a non-alcoholic option. Mix well to combine the ingredients.
  3. Now it’s time to fill the jello molds. Pour the jello mixture into the molds, being careful not to overfill. You can use jello egg molds or any other fun-shaped molds to create Easter-themed shots.
  4. Place the filled molds in the refrigerator and let them set for approximately 1-2 hours. This setting time may vary depending on the size and depth of your molds.
  5. Once the jello shots have set, carefully remove them from the molds. Use a butter knife or gently squeeze the sides of the mold to loosen the jello. The shots should easily slide out.

Serving Suggestions for Easter Jello Shots

Elevate the visual appeal of your jello shots by adding edible garnishes.

Top each shot with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream for a creamy and indulgent texture. Sprinkle colorful edible sprinkles over the shots to enhance their cheerful appearance.

You can also place mini chocolate eggs on top or garnish with refreshing fruit slices to create a burst of flavor.

Other Jello Shot Recipes

If you’re looking to spice things up and add some variety to your Easter celebration, why not try some other jello shot recipes?

These boozy jello shots are not only fun and creative, but they will also be a hit at your holiday gathering.

Let your imagination run wild and explore the endless possibilities of different flavors and combinations.

For those who prefer an extra kick, try adding different types of alcohol to your jello shots.

From vodka and rum to tequila and whiskey, there are plenty of options to cater to everyone’s taste.

Just remember to drink responsibly and enjoy these boozy jello shots in moderation.

Ready to embark on a jello shot adventure? Check out the table below for some inspiration:

Jello Shot RecipeDescription
Watermelon Margarita Jello ShotsAdd a refreshing twist to your jello shots with the flavors of watermelon and margarita. Perfect for a summer-themed gathering.
Strawberry Daiquiri Jello ShotsTransport yourself to a tropical paradise with these strawberry daiquiri jello shots. A fruity and delightful treat.
Blue Lagoon Jello ShotsBring the beach vibes to your party with these blue lagoon jello shots. A visually stunning and delicious combination.
Mint Chocolate Chip Jello ShotsIf you’re a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream, you’ll love these jello shots. Creamy, chocolaty, and minty all at once.

Tips for Making Jello Parfaits for Easter

  • Allow Time for Each Layer to Set – One of the secrets to creating beautiful jello parfaits is to allow enough time for each layer to set before adding the next one. This will ensure that each layer remains distinct and doesn’t mix together. Patience is the key to achieving those picture-perfect layers!
  • Add Fresh Fruits or Toppings – Take your jello parfaits to the next level by adding fresh fruits or other toppings. Not only will this add a burst of flavor, but it will also provide an enjoyable texture contrast. Consider adding sliced strawberries, blueberries, or even diced mango for a refreshing twist.
  • Experiment with Flavors and Colors – Don’t be afraid to get creative and experiment with different flavors and colors of jello. Easter is a time for vibrant hues, so try using pastel shades or even a rainbow of jello layers.  I like to use lemon gelatin, a grape jello layer and top it with jelly beans. The possibilities are endless, and your guests will be delighted by the festive variations.
  • Layer with Graham Cracker Crust crumbs – Make a mixture of graham cracker crumbs to layer in between the creamy layers.

To give you some inspiration, here’s an image of a colorful jello parfait:

Easter Jello Pie Jars

“Jello parfaits are the perfect dessert for Easter festivities. Play with different flavors, textures, and colors, and create a visually stunning treat that tastes as good as it looks!”

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to create show-stopping jello parfaits that will impress your friends and family. Happy Easter and happy jello parfait making!

Variations of Easter Jello Parfaits

In addition to the classic Easter Jello Parfait recipe, there are endless variations you can try to add a unique twist to your Easter desserts. 

Here are some creative ideas for Easter Jello Mason Jar treats:

Rainbow Delight:

Create a vibrant rainbow effect by using different flavors and colors of jello for each layer. Start with a red layer, followed by orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. The result is not only visually stunning but also a delicious treat with lovely layers of color that will delight everyone at the table.

Fresh Fruit Burst:

Add a burst of freshness and natural sweetness by incorporating fresh fruits into your parfaits. Layer sliced strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or peaches between the jello layers. The combination of juicy fruits and jiggly jello creates a delightful texture and flavor.

Creamy Indulgence:

Create a more decadent dessert by adding creamy fillings to your parfaits. Layer vanilla pudding, whipped cream, or creamy yogurt between the jello layers for a luscious and indulgent experience. This variation adds a smooth and rich element to the refreshing jello layers.

“The variations of Easter Jello Pie Jars offer a delightful array of flavors, colors, and textures that are sure to impress your Easter guests.”

Experiment with different combinations, flavors, and textures to customize your Easter Jello Parfaits according to your personal taste and preferences. The possibilities are endless, so let your creativity run wild!

To make a visually appealing and delicious Easter Jello Parfait, check out the image below:

Yield: 8

Easter Jello Cake Recipe

A rainbow cake with a slice taken out of it.

Brighten up your Easter celebration with our festive and colorful Easter Jello Recipe, perfect for a springtime dessert delight!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


For the Jello Layers:

  • 6 different flavored gelatin packages (3 oz each) in your preferred colors (e.g., strawberry, orange, lemon, lime, grape, cherry)
  • 5 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1 ½ (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ½ cups water

For the Whipped Cream Topping (Optional):

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare the pan: Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. Make the first Jello layer:
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 package of your chosen flavored gelatin with 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin.
  4. Stir in 1 cup of boiling water until completely dissolved.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until set.
  6. Make the remaining Jello layers (while the first layer sets):
  7. Repeat step 2 for each remaining flavored gelatin, using a separate bowl and whisk for each color. Important: While each layer sets in the refrigerator, make the next layer and leave it cool on the counter. This prevents the hot layers from melting the previous set layers.
  8. Assemble the cake:
  9. Once the first layer is set, carefully pour the second layer on top. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes, or until set.
  10. Repeat this process for all remaining Jello layers, allowing each layer to set before adding the next.
  11. Make the whipped cream topping (optional):
  12. In a chilled bowl, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  13. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, and continue whipping until stiff peaks form.
  14. Chill and serve:
  15. Once the final layer is set, cover the pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until completely chilled.
  16. Before serving, top with whipped cream and enjoy!


  • You can customize the flavors of the Jello layers according to your preference.
  • For a creamier texture, use whipped cream instead of the sweetened condensed milk in the Jello layers.
  • If you don't have unflavored gelatin, you can substitute 1 tablespoon of plain gelatin for each package.
  • Decorate the top of the cake with fresh fruits, sprinkles, or chopped nuts for an extra festive touch.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 208Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 35mgSodium 69mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 21g

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Tips for Making Jello Jiggler Recipe Ahead of Time

Most jello desserts require at least a few hours in the refrigerator to achieve the desired texture and consistency.

It’s best to make the desserts the day before or at least a few hours before serving to allow enough time for them to set properly.

Once set, store the desserts in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  • Plan your dessert preparation schedule to allow for sufficient refrigeration time. Take into account the recipe instructions, which will typically specify the recommended setting time.
  • Make sure your refrigerator is set to the proper temperature to ensure proper setting. The recommended temperature for jello desserts is around 40°F (4°C).
  • Choose the right container for storing your jello desserts. Opt for an airtight container to prevent any flavors from transferring and to maintain freshness. Silicone molds or individual dessert dishes with lids can also be used.
  • Avoid stacking or overcrowding the desserts in the container to prevent them from sticking together or losing their shape.
  • If you’re making layered jello desserts, allow each layer to fully set before adding the next layer. This will help create distinct and visually appealing layers.

Festive Jello Dessert Ideas for Easter

Easter is the perfect time to get creative with jello desserts. Whether you’re hosting an Easter brunch or a festive gathering, these colorful jello desserts will add a touch of fun to your holiday celebration. Here are some festive jello dessert ideas that will impress your guests:

Layered Easter Egg Jello Cups:

Create different color and eye-catching jello cups by layering different flavors and colors of jello. Use small clear cups or mini mason jars to showcase the vibrant layers. Top them off with whipped cream and sprinkles for a festive touch.

Jello Bunny Mold or Plastic Eggs:

Use a bunny-shaped jello mold to create adorable jello bunnies. Simply prepare your jello mixture, pour it into the mold, and let it set. Once the jello is firm, gently remove the bunnies from the mold and serve them on a platter. It’s a fun and whimsical treat that kids will love.

Easter Jello Salad:

Combine chunks of fruit, marshmallows, and jello to create a delightful Easter jello salad. Choose fruits that complement the colors of the jello, such as mandarin oranges, pineapple, and grapes. The combination of flavors and textures will make this salad a favorite among your guests. Pie filling is also a great way to add a top layer.

Jello Eggs with Surprise Fillings:

Make hollow jello eggs by using plastic Easter eggs as molds. Fill each half with a different flavored jello, allowing them to set. Once the jello is firm, gently remove the halves and fill them with a surprise filling like whipped cream, fruit, or chocolate sauce. Put the halves back together to create a fun and unexpected dessert.

Jello Fruit Cake:

Create an Easter-themed fruit cake using layers of jello and fresh fruit. Prepare different flavors and colors of jello and let them set. Once firm, cut them into small squares or shapes and layer them with sliced fruit. Serve chilled for a refreshing and visually stunning dessert.

Tips for the Perfect Jello Consistency

Achieving the perfect jello consistency requires a few key tips. Follow these guidelines to ensure your jello turns out smooth, vibrant, and delicious.

Dissolving Gelatin

When preparing your jello mixture, make sure to dissolve the gelatin completely in hot water, not warm water. This step ensures a smooth texture in the final product. Stir the gelatin powder into boiling water and continue stirring until all the granules are fully dissolved. This will prevent any lumps or clumps from forming.

Adding the Right Amount of Water

The amount of cold water you add to your jello mixture is crucial for achieving the perfect consistency. Too much water can result in a watery jello, while too little can lead to a rubbery texture.

Chilling Time

After preparing your jello, it’s important to allow enough time for it to chill in the refrigerator to set properly. The exact chilling time will vary depending on the recipe and the size of your jello mold. Generally, jello needs at least 2-4 hours to set completely.


The Easter Jello Recipes offer a delightful and colorful addition to your Easter celebration or special occasion. 

Whether you choose to make Easter Jello Shots or jello parfaits, these festive desserts are guaranteed to be a hit with both young and old alike.

With a variety of flavors, colors, and presentation ideas, you can let your creativity shine and create mouthwatering treats that will impress your guests.

The simple ingredients and easy recipe steps ensure that you’ll have a blast making these delightful Easter Jello Recipes.

So why wait? Start planning your Easter Jello

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