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This quick Jello Pie is one of the easiest pies ever! I use cherry jello for this version, but it’s so versatile that you can use any jello flavor you like. It’s an easy pie recipe the whole family will love – the perfect easy dessert for a warm day!
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Jello Cool Whip Pie Recipe
I love no bake dessert recipes, and it doesn’t get any easier than no bake jello pie! In this case, we’re talking cherry jello pie – it’s made with simple ingredients and is the perfect dessert for summer entertaining.
This delicious pie is exactly what it sounds like – a no bake pie made with jello! I love baking hacks and this no bake pie is my favorite way to use jello (besides Strawberry Pretzel Salad, that is). With just a couple of ingredients, it makes a great no bake pie filling.
The jello is mixed with Cool Whip for a cool creamy filling with a pretty pastel color. Add a chocolate cookie crust, and you get an easy dessert, but it’s excellent with a premade graham cracker pie crust, too.
The best part is you don’t have to use cherry jello – any flavor jello will work. It’s such a good recipe – you can make strawberry jello pie with strawberry jello mix and garnish it with fresh strawberries.
Jello Pie Ingredients
- Jello: We’re using cherry today but you can use ANY flavor (lie strawberry jello).
- Water: You’ll need both ice water and boiling water to make this pie.
- Cool Whip: Is the creamy part of the pie – use your favorite kind.
- Crust: Use an Oreo pie crust (my recipe or store bought) or you can use any kind of crust.
How do you make jello pie?
- Pour the jello mix into a large mixing bowl. Boil 2/3 cup water in a saucepan on the stove, and then pour the boiling water over the jello mix. Stir for two minutes or until the mix is completely dissolved.
- Fill a measuring cup with water and then add enough ice cubes, so the amount totals one cup. Pour the ice water over the jello mixture in the large bowl and stir until it thickens. Chill 15 minutes.
- Whisk the Cool Whip into the jello mixture.
- Pour the pie filling into the prepared pie shell and chill the pie for at least four hours or until the filling is firm. For the best results, refrigerate it overnight.
Tip From Dorothy
- Garnish your pie with whipped topping or whipped cream and maraschino cherries. I also like other fruit like sliced strawberries for a fresh flavor.
- Another favorite pro tip: Try other toppings like crushed Oreos or graham crackers – they add a nice crunchy texture. I like to crush them in my food processor to make fine crumbs.
- You can use different crusts, too, like your own graham cracker crust recipe or shortbread crust.
- Don’t skip the chilling step – this will ensure your pie sets up properly.
Cover the jello pie with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator. It should not be stored at room temperature.
No, jello pie does not freeze well.
Jello pie is basically a gelatin pie, so be sure to use boiling water first and stir for two minutes. The powdered gelatin mixture should be completely dissolved. This allows the gelatin to work correctly, which is crucial for the pie to set. Also, the pie needs to be refrigerated before serving. Four hours should be enough but chill the pie overnight for best results.
This happens as the gelatin sets – it’s totally normal to have a thin later of jello at the bottom of the pie.
Cherry Jello Pie Recipe
- 1 3oz package Cherry Jello Mix (or any flavor)
- ⅔ Cup (158ml) Boiling Water
- ½ cup (118ml) cold water
- Ice Cubes
- 1 8oz Container of Cool Whip
- 1 Oreo Pie Crust (homemade or storebought)
- Place jello powder in a large bowl.
- In a small saucepan bring ⅔ cup water to a boil. Add boiling water to gelatin and stir until completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
- Fill measuring cup with cold water and add enough ice cubes to make it 1 cup of water and ice.
- Pour ice water over Jello mixture and stir until it starts to thicken.
- Chill for 15 minutes.
- Gently fold Cool Whip into Jello until smooth. Pour mixture into Oreo crust.
- Refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours or until firm.
- Serve cold with a dollop of whipped cream and extra chocolate chips, if desired.
- I do not recommend freezing this pie. The texture changes when it defrosts and becomes watery.
- Use any flavor jello mix
- Don’t skip the 15 minute chill step or your pie won’t set up.
- Some of the jello may sink to the bottom of a pie giving a jello line under the creamy filling. This is normal.
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Last Updated on April 16, 2023
This looks awesome
Can you use homemade whipped cream instead of cool whip?
I haven’t tried it but I think so yes, about 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream, beat to stiff peaks.
My pie filling was so much it didn’t fit in the shell. Plus at the bottom of the pie, it turned into Jello, just above the crust. It still tastes good. Was wondering what I did wrong in the recipe? The only difference is I used the extra creamy cool whip. Any suggestions for next time would help thanks.
I’ve seen that happen, so I think it’s normal. I couldn’t replicate it on my end – so I’ll need to keep trying new versions!
Can you use sugar free jello and fat free cool whip?
Yes I believe so.