Rainbow Jell-O



Layered Rainbow Jello

My youngest grandson, Fischer, loves Jell-O. When he stays over on a school night, his first request for a ‘cold’ lunch includes red Jell-O cups. I took it a step farther and made rainbow Jell-O.

What was suppose to be a joint project with Fischer turned into an all day project for NeeNee while he went to the movies. I should have known he wouldn’t have the patience for this particular project. Four hours later, the colorful layers were ready to set-up for an additional two hours. Yep, you read that correctly. It took six hours to prepare this Jell-O dish.

IMG_7872So, unless you are attending a special event, forget making this particular Jell-O dish. My grand kids had little appreciation for the time it took to make dish. They saw a photo on Google and said, “NeeNee can make that!”

Leave it to stupid-o NeeNee to make good on that claim.


INGREDIENTS

  • 4 (3-ounce) packages assorted flavored gelation
  • 6 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • Boiling water
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup cold water

HOW TO

  1. Combine on package flavored gelatin and one envelop unflavored gelatin in a small bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until dissolved. Cool 5 minutes. Pour mixture into a deep baking dish of your choice. (I used a Bundt pan). You will want to spray a light coating of cooking spray inside the dish.
  2. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  3. Combine condensed milk (scrape the inside of the can clean) and 1 cup boiling water in a bowl. Mix well using a wire whisk. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl and add 1/4 cup cold water. Sprinkle two envelopes of the unflavored gelation over the cold water. Let stand for a minute and then stir in 3/4 up boing water.
  5. Add the unflavored gelation mixture to the sweetened condensed milk mixture. Mix well.
  6. Remove the first gelatin layer from the fridge and spoon a layer of the creamy condensed milk mixture over the top. Return to fridge and let set for 25 minutes.
  7. Continue alternating layers of the flavored gelatin and creamy milk mixture. To keep each layer ‘pure’, make sure that you allow the dissolved gelatin to cool down before spooning over the previous layer.
  8. Chill each layer before spooning next layer. Top off the final layer with a flavored gelatin.
  9. Refrigerate for 2 hours before cutting and serving.

This Jell-O recipe will keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. Freezing unused portions is not recommended.

 

 

Severed Witches Finger Cookies

Witches Finger Cookies

A friend of mine posted a picture  of severed witches finger cookies on Facebook. It prompted me to try own version with my grandkids. With Halloween just a few days away, this is a perfect recipe for the occasion. The fingers are shaped with shortbread cookie dough and the fingernail is an almond sliver.

Shortbread Cookie DoughINGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Almond slivers
  • Red gel food coloring
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder

Chill cookie dough for one hourHOW TO

If you own a Mixmaster of Kitchen Aid mixer, you will want to use it. You can mix the dough by hand, but it will take generous effort.

Mix together butter, sugar, egg and extracts. Add the flour in 1/2 cup increments, add the salt. Mix together well. This is a shortbread dough, so it will firm and mold easily.

Remove dough from bowl and form into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

Shaping the witches fingers

Now comes the fun part, shaping the fingers. The grand kids, ages 5 and 7, had a blast rolling out the dough and inserting the fingernail.

Keep your shapes the size of actual adult fingers to make them more realistic. I helped the kids shaped the knuckle areas and used a kitchen knife to make three slashes in each knuckle.

Making Witches Finger Cookies

Firmly press the almond sliver into the tip of each finger. Randomly dust cocoa powder over the dough and fingernail area. The cocoa powder is optional but I like the look it lent to the final cookie.

Place cookies on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. You can apply the red coloring gel before or after baking; I applied before. Squirt a very small amount under the nail bed and push down on the almond so that the red gel oozes out.

Bake cookies at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Immediately remove from the cookie sheet and set on a cooling rack.This recipe makes around 60 fingers. Baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks. The cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to one week.

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TIP ONE

Work with the dough in small batches. Cut the dough in quarter and work with 1/4 at a time. Keep the remaining dough covered in the fridge. You want the dough should cold when you work with it so that the fingers hold their shape when baking.

TIP TWO

Don’t use sugar cookie dough because your baked cookies will come out looking like this:

IMG_6709Trust me on this one. A shortbread cookie dough is best because it is unleavened and will hold its shape.

Unfortunately, shortbread cookies are somewhat dry tasting which is why I served them with a red jam dipping sauce. You could sprinkle the fingers with white sugar before baking to help sweeten the taste. I noted  a few online posts that premade sugar cookie dough (the kind in a tube) works if you add in one cup of white flour. I haven’t tried it.

I’m not even going to give a guesstimate on the calories per cookie. Come’ on…flour, powdered sugar, butter…they are definitely not low fat; but, sometimes you just have to toss calories to the wind.