Layered Jello Stars

August 2013 1149I wish I could tell you that I love Jello, but I decidedly do not.  Well, at least not in it’s plainest form – mix it with cream cheese and whip cream and I’m all over it.

I don’t know, my dislike is probably due to too many hospital procedures where Jello was one of the very limited options of “food” to consume.  Sigh.

Regardless, my sister was making these one year and she inspired me to give them a go.  My kids loved eating them and making them.  And if you flip them over you have alternating red and blue stars.

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly recipe for the Fourth of July that’s red, white, blue, and simple – than this recipe is for you!  With that said, please note that there is quite a bit of time dedicated to waiting for the Jello to set, so plan for a 2 to 3 hour project.

Layered Jello Stars Adapted from Our Best Bites

2 – 3 ounce packages of Blue Jello

2 – 3 ounce packages of Red Jello

1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

4 packets of unflavored gelatin (I bought the Knox Brand with 4 packets totaling 1 ounce)

5 1/2 cups boiling water, approx.

1/2 cup cold water

Spray a 9×13 glass dish with cooking spray and wipe out any extra spray with a paper towel – set aside.

Mix the blue Jello with 1 1/4 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin, and add 1 cup of boiling water – stir until there are no sugar crystals.

Pour this layer into the pan and refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until it’s completely set.

While the first layer is chilling, make the second layer.

In a medium bowl, pour 1/2 cup cold water and sprinkle 2 packages of unflavored gelatin on top – mix gently with a fork just to saturate the gelatin with water.  Let stand for 3 minutes, or until the gelatin has turned grainy.  Then add 1/2 cup boiling water to the gelatin and whisk until completely dissolved.

Pour the sweetened condensed milk into the unflavored gelatin and add 1 cup boiling water -whisk until well combined.  Let come to room temperature so it doesn’t liquefy the other gelatin layers.

When the first layer is completely set, carefully pour 1 cup of the sweetened condensed milk mixture on top of the first layer.  Refrigerate this layer for at least 20 minutes, or until completely set.

While this layer is chilling, start the next layer.  Add 1 package of red Jello and 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin with 1 cup of boiling water – whisk until there are no sugar crystals.

Carefully pour this layer on top of the sweetened milk layer and then return to the refrigerate to set for at least 20 minutes, or until completely set.

Continue with this pattern, until you have four layers of Jello and 3 layers of sweetened condensed milk.  Remember, the Jello layer formula is : 1 pkg. Jello + 1 1/4 tsps. unflavored gelatin + 1 cup boiling water.

When the last layer has been poured, chill the Jello for about 1 hour and then use a star cookie cutter to cut the Jello into shapes.  Flip a few stars over if you want to vary the look (as in the photo above).

Handle them carefully, because the layers aren’t completely stuck together and can separate if you handle them roughly.

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