St. Patrick’s Day Jello Cups

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St. Patrick’s Day Jello Cups are whimsical treats featuring vibrant-green Jello layered with Cool Whip, and presented at a charming slant. Sprinkled with jimmies and shimmering edible gold stars, this Jello-in-a-cup recipe adds a touch of magic to festive celebrations.

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☘️ Why This Recipe’s a Keeper

  • Festive presentation: The slanted green-and-white layers of jello and Cool Whip, create an eye-catching presentation that will impress your guests. The colorful jimmies and edible gold stars makes this Jello-in-a-cup recipe perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
  • Easy to make: With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, this recipe is accessible to cooks of all skill levels.
  • Refreshing and light: The combination of cool jello and creamy Cool Whip creates a refreshing and light dessert that’s perfect for springtime celebrations.
  • Versatility: This recipe can be easily adapted by using different flavors of jello or toppings to suit various occasions and preferences.
  • Kid-friendly: Children will love the playful colors and textures of these jello cups, making them a hit at family gatherings or parties.
  • Make-ahead option: St. Patrick’s Day jello cups can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge until ready to serve. They’re a convenient dessert option for busy hosts.
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🛒 Ingredients

  • Box of Lime (Green) Jello: Provides the base flavor and color for the jello cups. Jello solidifies when chilled, creating a gelatinous texture for this special dessert.
  • Boiling Water: Used to dissolve the green jello powder completely. Helps to activate the gelatin in the jello, allowing it to set properly.
  • Cold Water: Added to the dissolved jello mixture to cool it down and dilute the flavor slightly. Aids in setting the jello to the desired consistency when chilled.
  • Container of Cool Whip: Adds a creamy and smooth texture to the dessert, providing a contrast in texture to the jello layer. It also adds some light sweetness.
  • Green Sprinkles (Jimmies): Adds visual appeal and a pop of color to the dessert cups.
  • Edible Gold Stars: Add a festive touch to these Jello-in-a-cup desserts. These specks of gold elevate the presentation of this popular St. Patrick’s Day treat.
St. Patrick's Day Jello Cups on a festive St. Patrick's Day dessert table.

📖 Recipe Steps

Recipe Prep: The night before making St. Patrick’s Day Jello Cups, put the frozen container of Cool Whip into the fridge until completely thawed. (Thawing usually takes about 4-5 hours.)

  1. Prepare the green jello according to the instructions on the box. This involves dissolving the jello powder in boiling water, then stirring until completely dissolved. Once the Jello powder is dissolved, stir in the cold water.
  2. Arrange 9 (7.5-ounce) clear-glass dessert cups at an angle inside the wells of a muffin tin. This will create the slanted effect for your jello cups. Carefully pour the prepared Jello mixture into each dessert cup, filling them about halfway full. Make sure to pour slowly and evenly to avoid spilling.
  3. Place the muffin tin with the dessert cups in the refrigerator, and allow the jello to fully set at an angle. This usually takes about 2-4 hours, depending on the thickness of the jello and your refrigerator temperature.
  4. Once the jello has set, remove the dessert cups from the refrigerator. They should be slanted with the jello solidified at an angle. Add the Cool Whip to a piping bag with metal tip, and pipe it into each dessert cup, filling the remaining space up to the top. Sprinkle colorful jimmies over half of the dessert cups. For an extra magical touch, add a sprinkling of edible gold stars over the top of the remaining dessert cups.
Jello in a cup poured into glass dessert cups and set at a slant inside a muffin tin.

FAQs about cheesecloth

Yes, you can substitute sugar-free Jello for the regular Jello in this recipe. Just follow the instructions on the sugar-free Jello package for preparation.

You can make these Jello cups up to 1-2 days in advance, but without the Cool Whip. Store them in the refrigerator in a covered container until ready to serve. When ready to enjoy, pipe thawed Cool Whip into the dessert cups, and sprinkle the tops with jimmies and edible gold stars.

Yes, you can use whipped cream instead of Cool Whip if you’re ready to serve these desserts immediately. However, keep in mind that whipped cream may not hold its shape as well as Cool Whip, so the presentation may be slightly different.

Yes, you can use gelatin sheets instead of powdered Jello. Follow the instructions on the gelatin sheets package for preparation, and adjust the amount accordingly to achieve the desired consistency.

Yes, you can add diced fruit to these Jello cups for an extra burst of flavor and freshness. Just make sure to add the fruit after the Jello has set but before adding the Cool Whip layer.

To prevent the Jello cups from sliding in the refrigerator, place them on a level surface or use a muffin tin to hold them in place while they set.

Yes, you can make these Jello cups vegan by using a vegan-friendly Jello substitute and a dairy-free whipped topping such as coconut whipped cream.

To transport these Jello cups without them spilling, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place them in a cooler with ice packs to keep them chilled.

Jello in a cup desserts sprinkled with green jimmies and edible gold stars.

🧑🏼‍🍳 Expert Tips

  • Angle the dessert cups properly: To achieve the slanted effect, place the dessert cups at an angle in a muffin tin before pouring the jello mixture.
  • Pipe Cool Whip into the cups: Although you can spoon the whipped topping into each jello in a cup, for a more elegant appearance – pipe it in!
  • Decorate with sprinkles just before serving: Sprinkle the colorful jimmies and edible gold stars on top of the Cool Whip layer just before serving to keep them looking fresh and vibrant.
  • Store leftovers properly: If you have leftover Jello cups, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Enjoy them chilled straight from the fridge.
Seven St. Patrick's Day Jello Cups arranged on a dessert stand.

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St. Patrick’s Day Jello Cups are whimsical treats featuring vibrant-green Jello layered with Cool Whip, and presented at a charming slant. Sprinkled with jimmies and shimmering edible gold stars, this Jello-in-a-cup recipe adds a touch of magic to festive celebrations.


Ingredients

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  • 1 (6-ounce) box of lime (green) Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 (16-ounce) container of Cool Whip, defrosted in the fridge
  • Green Jimmies sprinkles
  • Edible gold stars

Instructions

Recipe Prep: The night before making St. Patrick’s Day Jello Cups, put the frozen container of Cool Whip into the fridge until completely thawed. (Thawing usually takes about 4-5 hours.)

  1. Prepare the green jello according to the instructions on the box. This involves dissolving the jello powder in boiling water, then stirring until completely dissolved. Once the Jello powder is dissolved, stir in the cold water.
  2. Arrange 9 (7.5-ounce) clear-glass dessert cups at an angle inside the wells of a muffin tin. This will create the slanted effect for your jello cups. Carefully pour the prepared Jello mixture into each dessert cup, filling them about halfway full. Make sure to pour slowly and evenly to avoid spilling.
  3. Place the muffin tin with the dessert cups in the refrigerator, and allow the jello to fully set at an angle. This usually takes about 2-4 hours, depending on the thickness of the jello and your refrigerator temperature.
  4. Once the jello has set, remove the dessert cups from the refrigerator. They should be slanted with the jello solidified at an angle. Add the Cool Whip to a piping bag with metal tip, and pipe it into each dessert cup, filling the remaining space up to the top. Sprinkle colorful jimmies over half of the dessert cups. For an extra magical touch, add a sprinkling of edible gold stars over the top of the remaining dessert cups.

Notes

Store leftovers properly: If you have leftover Jello cups, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Enjoy them chilled straight from the fridge.

  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Chill Time: 4 Hours
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: American, Irish
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35 Comments

  1. Adorable and so easy! These are super cute and would work well for a party or fun afternoon snack! I love the added sprinkles on top! Can’t wait to make them.