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.

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