Christmas Layered Jello

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Make this fun dessert for your next holiday party. Flavored red and green jello sandwiched with a creamy layer to make this easy Christmas layered jello.

A holiday isn’t a holiday without a good Jello salad. You may not think a jello salad has a place on a holiday dinner or dessert table, but there’s just something about the cool, fruity flavor that is a welcome treat after the rich, buttery Christmas foods.

Whether you are just serving your family or making favors for a kids party, this Christmas layered Jello will for sure be a hit.

plate of christmas shaped jello on a plate

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Great make ahead dessert.
  • Bright festive colors.
  • Light and flavorful.
  • Kids will love to help!

This recipe is very similar to our broken glass jello. Just think of that jello using red and green….so pretty!

layered christmas jello bite on a fork

What you’ll need to make layered Jello?

If you want cute Christmas shapes, you’ll need a silicone mold. They have them in our local dollar store, but you can also get them on Amazon.

  • Green jello. Your choice on flavor, but we choose lime.
  • Red jello. Your choice on flavor, but we choose strawberry or cherry.
  • Sweetened condensed milk. Full fat works best. I haven’t tried fat free for this recipe, but it would probably work.
  • Unflavored gelatin. I use the Knox brand, but others should work. This is an unflavored, unsweetened gelatin. You will only be using 2 envelopes from the box.
  • Water
ingredients for christmas jello on a table

How to Make Christmas Layered Jello

This recipe works best if you get everything ready first. We boil water in the microwave, but you can also put a pan of water on the stove to boil so it is ready for you.

Then, spray silicone molds or a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick spray. Place molds on a cookie sheet.

  • Microwave 2 cups of water until boiling.
  • Place red jello in a mixing bowl, then pour boiling water over jello and stir to dissolve.
  • Pour a thin layer over the bottom of the mold or pan. Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until jello is set.
  • Boil another 1 ½ cups water. Place both envelopes of unflavored gelatin in a bowl, pour ½ cup cold water over the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add the condensed milk and stir to combine. Add the 1 ½ cups boiling water over the milk and mix. Pour a thin layer over the red layer and return to the refrigerator for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Microwave another 2 cups of water till boiling.
  • Place green jello in a mixing bowl, then pour boiling water over the jello and stir to dissolve.
  • Pour a thin layer of green over the white layer, then return to the refrigerator till set for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour another layer of white over the green and return to the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.
  • Continue till you have all layers: Red, white, green, white, red, white, green, white, red.
closeup of snowman layered jello

Recipe Variations:

This is a fun jello and has no set rules!

  • If you would like three layers, just allow more refrigerator time for thicker layers.
  • Mix things up and use different colors for different occasions. Think of spring colors for Easter, variations on red for Valentine’s Day, and even red, white and blue layered jello.
  • You can use cookie cutters and cut out shapes from the pan.
  • Use individual serving cups or even make it in a 9×13 pan.
  • Use sugar free jello for a lower calorie dessert.
christmas tree layered jello on a plate
christmas tree layered jello on a plate

Christmas Layered Jello

5 from 2 votes
Servings 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 3 hours

Ingredients
 

  • 6 ounces green jello (lime, apple, or other)
  • 16 ounces red jello (raspberry, strawberry, or other)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (Knox brand or other) (½ ounce total of unflavored gelatin)
  • 6 cups water (divided)

Instructions
 

  • Spray silicone molds or a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick spray. Place molds on a cookie sheet.
  • Microwave 2 cups of water until boiling.
  • Place red jello in a mixing bowl, then pour boiling water over jello and stir to dissolve. (Or you can start with green…start with whatever color you want on top.)
  • Pour a thin layer over the bottom of the mold or pan. Place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until jello is set.
  • Boil another 1 ½ cups water. Place both envelopes of unflavored gelatin in a bowl, pour ½ cup cold water over the gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add the condensed milk and stir to combine. Add the 1 ½ cups boiling water over the milk and mix. Pour a thin layer over the red layer and return to the refrigerator for another 10-15 minutes.
  • Microwave another 2 cups of water till boiling.
  • Place green jello in a mixing bowl, then pour boiling water over the jello and stir to dissolve.
  • Pour a thin layer of green over the white layer, then return to the refrigerator till set for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour another layer of white over the green and return to the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.
  • Continue till you have all layers: Red, white, green, white, red, white, green, white, red.
  • If jello starts to gel in the bowl, heat for 10 to 15 seconds and stir well.
  • If you are using small silicone layers, you may want to just do three layers, red, white and green.
  • Refrigerate for an additional 2 hours so it will be totally set up. Unmold, or cut into small squares.
  • Serve with whipped cream.

Notes

The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 cutouts, with 1 serving being 1 cut out. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 123mg | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 308
Keyword christmas, holiday jello

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Jello need to cool between layers?

Yes. You should let the Jello cool so that the layers don’t melt together. You want them to stay contrasted and evenly layered.

How far in advance can you make layered Jello?

You can make Jello up to 5 days in advance. Make sure it is covered well if you store it that long before serving.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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