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Gelatin Desserts

Looking for recipes for gelatin desserts? Taste of Home has the best gelatin dessert recipes from real cooks like you, featuring reviews, ratings, how-to videos and tips.

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On occasion, I like to “fancy up” one of my favorite gelatin desserts with a buttery graham cracker crust and a layer of cream cheese filling. Mandarin oranges add color and pair well with the cranberry gelatin. —Margery Bryan, Moses Lake, Washington
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Prism Cake

Prism Cake

Prism Cake

Try this colorful cake next time you want to make something a little different for dessert.

Raspberry Squares

Raspberry Squares

Raspberry Squares

This refreshing dessert has a rich shortbread-like crust with a creamy center and pretty red gelatin top layer. It’s easy enough for everyday, but cheery enough to dish up for guests, too. —Lois Frazee, Gardnerville, Nevada

Tropical Island Dessert

Tropical Island Dessert

Tropical Island Dessert

In New Iberia, Louisiana, Ashely Walls makes this adorable island with instant pudding and blue gelatin. While teens can easily assemble this treat, younger kids may need an adult's help.
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Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

Gelatin Fruit Salad

"This gorgeous salad is so refreshing and bursting with flavor that you won't think of it as sugar-free," says Eleanor Mielke of Snohomish, Washington. "A diabetic friend shared the recipe."

Iced Tea Parfaits

Iced Tea  Parfaits

Iced Tea Parfaits

Here’s a parfait that’s perfect for a garden or patio party. Tea adds a wonderfully unexpected flavor to gelatin. And kids will have fun finding the cherry at the bottom.—Teena Petrus, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

Orange Charlotte

"Mom prepared this light and fluffy citrus dessert whenever Dad grilled outdoors," recalls field editor Sue Gronholz of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. "It gave our meals a fresh-tasting finish!"

Stained Glass Gelatin

Stained Glass Gelatin

Stained Glass Gelatin

Kids love this sweet, wiggly gelatin and whipped topping dessert. Use different flavors of gelatin to make color versions that are as wild as your imagination. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

Fourth of July Jell-O

"With six children, I'm always looking for wholesome quick recipes," shares Mabel Yoder of Bonduel, Wisconsin. "This colorful salad can be fixed by school-age children and looks so pretty served in a glass bowl."

Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus Peanut Gelatin

Circus Peanuts were one of the most talked-about candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this gelatin recipe that called for Circus Peanuts, I knew just where to buy them and tried the recipe. Kids love its cool fruity taste, and older folks enjoy the trip down memory lane. -Ruthanne Mengel, Demotte, Indiana

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelatin

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelatin

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelatin

The rosy color and tangy flavor of this favorite salad comes through with every refreshing bite. It's a quick, simple salad and an excellent addition to any meal. Our family and friends look forward to this dish when joining us for dinner on the farm. -Kathy Flowers, Burkesville, Kentucky

Grapefruit Gelatin Molds

Grapefruit Gelatin Molds

Grapefruit Gelatin Molds

I found this recipe in a magazine back in the '50s. It's a nice salad, particularly with a heavy meal. It's a refreshing snack as well.
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