Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Berry Blue Bars

My co-worker is having a baby boy any day now, and we had a baby shower for her at work a couple weeks ago. I searched high and low for something bright blue I could bake her and stumbled upon a dessert that uses jello, which is the perfect baby boy blue color.

These bars also had the bonus of being no-bake, which allowed me to avoid the use of my old apartment kitchen. Now you know why I haven't baked anything in so long...But I just moved into a new apartment and actually enjoy being in the kitchen again! I'm making it my goal to post at least once a week now and get back into the swing of things. See you guys again next week! :)

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup cranberry juice
3 oz Jell-O Berry Blue Gelatin
8 oz cream cheese, softened, divided
8 oz thawed Cool Whip, divided
1/2 cup cold milk
3.4 oz Jell-O instant vanilla pudding

Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter and press onto bottom of an 8x8 pan. Refrigerate during next step.

Microwave juice for 1 minute on high. Add to berry blue gelatin mix in small bowl and stir until completely dissolved (2 min). Gradually add to 4 oz cream cheese, beating with mixer after each addition until blended. Whisk in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread over crust. Freeze during next step.

Beat remaining 4 oz cream cheese and milk until blended. Add dry pudding mix and beat until combined. Stir in remaining Cool Whip. Spread over gelatin layer. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.


  1. Wow!! what a lovely berry blue bars,and this bars are so sweet dud,thanx for recipe i can't wait for try to this,

    Thank you,
    Bottle Cooler

  2. Cute! I love that pretty blue too! Perfect summer recipe, thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks fabulous for a baby boy shower! Could I substitue another flavor of jello...maybe lemon?
    Not a fan of blueberry but lemon or maybe strawberry??

    1. Oh definitely! I think lemon would be fantastic! The original recipe I found called for orange flavored jello, which would make the dessert taste like an orange creamsicle.

  4. OMG!!! Just amaizing!
    I like the color, the texture, the taste? (well I can imagine about taste)but is so beautiful!!!

    1. Aw, thank you! The taste is basically just like berries and cream, and the texture is a bit like pudding with a slight crunch from the graham cracker crust.


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