This Easter Layered Jello is an easy recipe to make that just screams Easter. These little rainbows in cups are made with a mix of Jello and yogurt in colorful layers that are as festive as they are delicious.
Easter treats are as much about the color as the flavors, which is why we love making these desserts for everyone at our Easter gatherings. These layered desserts are sweet and delicious and feature all the colors of Easter.
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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It only uses a handful of ingredients.
- It’s an easy recipe that anyone can make.
- It’s festive, colorful, and so tasty.
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This recipe only uses a few ingredients, and they’re all easily found at your local grocery store. The main ingredients are listed here, but you’ll find the complete ingredient list along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Flavored Jello in blue, purple, yellow, green, and pink colors
- Vanilla yogurt
- Whipped cream
🔪 How to Make Easter Layered Jello
This delicious dessert is super easy to make, and it only takes a few simple steps to make. You’ll have this recipe whipped up in no time.
Step 1: Prep
Set out all your dessert cups on a baking sheet.
Step 2: Prepare the Jello
Add the 5 individual colored Jello packages to 5 individual medium bowls. Then, add 3/4 cup boiling water to each bowl and whisk well to completely dissolve all the Jello. Allow the Jello to cool to room temperature.
Step 3: Add Milk and Yogurt
Add 1/4 cup milk and 1/2 cup yogurt to each room temperature bowl of Jello.
Step 4: Layer the Jello
Add about 2 tablespoons of your first color to each cup. Then, refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to set. Repeat with the remaining colors. Then, chill for at least 4 hours to fully set.
Step 5: Add Whipped Cream
Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. Enjoy!
Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!
- Jello – You can use any brand of gelatin you like.
- Colors – Choose different Jello colors to fit any holiday you like.
- Sprinkles – As with the Jello colors, choose different sprinkle colors and types to fit any occasion.
If you’re all about Jello, then check out our mixed berry layered Jello salad.
- Measuring cups
- Mixing bowls
- Dessert cups or clear plastic cups
Store these dessert cups in the refrigerator for up to 5 days covered. We don’t recommend freezing them.
- Be sure you whisk thoroughly to ensure that all the Jello is fully dissolved in the water.
- Give your Jellow layers at least 15 to 30 minutes to set before adding the next color layer for an even break in the colors.
- These are best when chilled overnight, so we recommend making them the day before you plan to serve them.
Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Peter Cooper filed a patent in 1845 for a gelatin dessert powder called “portable gelatin”. in 1897, Pearl Bixby Wail trademarked the dessert we all know and love today. The first flavors were strawberry, raspberry, orange, and lemon.
Historically, Jello was popular because housewives in the 50s could stretch their budgets and food supplies by buying the already-sweetened dessert powder and encasing fruits and other dessert items in it.
Today, Jello remains popular because it’s quick and easy, and it can be served on its own or combined with other ingredients to make more complicated desserts if desired.
There are 2 reasons. First, when yogurt defrosts, the texture changes. Even if you mix it vigorously, it won’t be the same. Secondly, when Jello is defrosted, it turns into a mixture of jelly and ice slush.
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Easter Layered Jello
- Measuring cups
- mixing bowls
- Dessert cups or clear plastic cups
- 3 ¾ cups water divided use
- 17 ounces Jello mix (3.4 oz packages), Colors: blue, purple, yellow, green and pink
- 1 ¼ cups milk divided
- 2 ½ cups vanilla yogurt divided use
- Whipped cream and sprinkles for topping
- Set out all of your dessert cups on a baking sheet.
- Preparing the layers: For each layer you will use: 1- 3-oz gelatin package, ¾ cup boiling water, ⅓ cup of yogurt and ¼ cup milk.
- Using 5 medium bowls (one for each color) – Pour each into bowl a package of gelatin. Add ¾ cup boiling water to each bowl, and whisk well, for about 1 minute to make sure all granules are dissolved.
- Allow gelatin bowls to sit and cool to room temperature before adding the milk and yogurt. Once the gelatin is at room temperature add ¼ cup of milk and ½ cup of yogurt to each bowl.
- Start with your first color and add about 2 tablespoons into each cup.
- Refrigerate for anywhere from 15-30 minutes to allow the layer to set.
- Repeat with remaining layers. Once all layers are done refrigerate for at least 4 hours to ensure all layers have fully set.
- Top with whipped cream and sprinkles as desired
- These will keep for several days covered with plastic wrap so they can be made in advance.