Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Stained Glass Jello and Independence Day!

It's a little late, but I hope that everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! We had our family over to celebrate the holiday and were able to celebrate my birthday as well-- bonus! :) We also were able to have a cousin over who we, unfortunately, don't get a chance to see often. All in all, it was a nice, family-centered day! Since all the kids were in town, I wanted to make a few items that I thought they would enjoy. I made the cookies above to serve alongside the wonderful cheesecake my sister made for dessert. If you haven't seen it yet, check out her blog here.
When I saw this jello on the Brown Eyed Baker, I knew I had to make it. I am a big jello fan myself and I knew it was the one thing I could put out that all the kids would eat. The colors were great and it was really easy to make. My only warning is that it is done in stages and each stage does have to sit in the fridge for a while, so make sure you allow yourself enough time.
Stained Glass Jello
4 (3 ounce) boxes Jello in different colors (I used blue raspberry and strawberry)
14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (I used Knox as recommended)
Water

For each flavor, dissolve one box of Jello in 1 cup of boiling water. Since I used 2 boxes of each flavor, I just doubled the water and poured both into an 8 inch square container. Chill at least 3 hours, or overnight. After chilling the flavors, cut them into small blocks. Carefully mix the blocks in a 9×13-inch pan. In a separate bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin into ½ cup cold water. After the gelatin blooms, add 1½ cups boiling water and dissolve. Add the can of condensed milk. Stir and let cool. Pour cooled milk mixture over Jello blocks in 9×13 pan. Skim off any small bubbles that are created when you pour the condensed milk on the Jello pieces. Chill overnight or at least 3 hours until firm. Cut into blocks or shapes and serve.
**Stay tuned... the BEST potato salad is coming soon!**

14 comments:

  1. Great cookies, and your jello turned out fabulous! I tried making some and it was very sad indeed! :)

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  2. The cookies and jello were both beautiful! Maddie seriously had THREE helpings of jello!!!

    I'm anxious for you to post your potato salad recipe, b/c it honestly is the only one I really like! I'm ordinarily not a huge potato salad fan, but yours is wonderful!

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  3. By the way-- I forgot to give Rachel credit for both photos! My camera was MIA so she helped me out!

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  4. My kids would love this jello. Definitely a must try!

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  5. That jello is awesome! I would love to try making it!

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  6. Well done indeed! Your cookies are BEAUTIFUL!! And doesn't that Jello just screan FUN!!

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  7. I can't wait to try this one out. i think my kids will go crazy for it. I love the fact you can change it for any holiday or season!

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  8. What fun looking desserts!

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  9. This looks like so much fun. my kids are huge jello fans too, so they would love it!

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  10. The jello looks unbelievably pretty. The kids must have loved this treat.

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  11. What a cute idea that could be used for so many different holidays. I love Jell-o! Can't wait for the potato salad recipe!

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  12. Happy belated birthday!! This is an adorable way to serve jello. I bet all the kids loved it, I know mine would : )

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  13. That Jello dessert is a cool idea! It is very pretty and festive. I love happy food. Sheesh, I just love food!

    Visiting from SITS again today! Glad I found you and became a follower the other day!

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  14. Your cookies look absolutely perfect! I've always wanted to decorate sugared cookies, but it intimidates me. Any chance we can talk you into giving us a step by step post? ::wink..wink:: If you've already done so, will you send me the link?

    I've seen this jello on a few blogs and I've even eaten it before and I think it's so fun! great job and happy birthday!

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