Saturday, April 23, 2011

Jello Easter Eggs with Vanilla Filling



Jello Eggs - ButterYum
 Been pretty busy this week, but I wanted to take a moment to share these jello eggs with you guys.  I came up with the idea of making them when my kids were young.  I usually make them at Easter time, but they're fun any time of the year. 


Jello Egg Molds - ButterYum
 I start with these egg molds.  I got mine at the grocery store about 15 years ago, but you can find them online and occasionally in thrift shops.  I've also seen molds that make egg halves (I've included a link at the bottom of this post).


 I fill the molds with the jello jiggler recipe (below), then chill for at least 4 hours.  After unmolding, I cut them in half lengthwise and then I use a melon ball tool to make a little well in each half.  Pop that little bit into your mouth - cook's treat.


 Arrange the prepared halves on a serving tray.  Do this before you fill the halves, or you'll have a huge mess on your hands.


I like to pipe a pretty swirl of the vanilla cream cheese mixture using a pastry bag and "closed" star tip (the closed star makes those deep grooves).


 To pipe the filling more than 6 hours ahead of time, add a packet of Whip It to the cream cheese filling mixture when you add the heavy cream.  You can skip this step if you like, but I think of it as extra insurance.


Jello Easter Eggs - ButterYum


Jello Easter Eggs with Vanilla Filling

Jello Eggs 
Printable Recipe 
(makes approximately 3 whole jello eggs)
3 ounce package of jello, any flavor
3/4 cup boiling water


Vanilla Filling
(makes enough to fill about 24 egg halves)
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream


To make the eggs:
Lightly coat egg mold with a thin layer of canola or vegetable oil.  Snap mold together and set it on a tray to catch any spills.  Combine jello and boiling water together; stir for 3 minutes until the jello is completely dissolved.  Slowly pour mixture into mold.  Chill overnight.

When you're ready to unmold the eggs, slowly pry the mold halves apart (I use a butter knife to gently coax the halves apart).  Using a sharp chef's knife, cut the eggs in half lengthwise using one continuous motion.  Next use a melon ball tool to make a well in the large end of each egg half.

To make the filling:
Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth.  Add the heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form.  Put the cream cheese filling into a pastry bag that has been fitted with a large star tip and pipe the filling into the egg halves.  Chill until service. 

Note: To fill the jello eggs with cream cheese filling more than 6 hours ahead of time, add a packet of Whip It to the cream cheese filling mixture when you add the heavy cream.













85 comments:

  1. Yum! what a sweet EASTER treat! I love these and I never had the molds but made my kids the jigglers. Very neat! Happy Easter and enjoy the weekend. Anne

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  2. Patricia,
    A new take on Easter Eggs. How cute!

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  3. BEAUTIFUL!! I wish I had time to make them tonight for tomorrow! Bookmarking this for next year, for sure.

    Thank you, Patricia!!

    Bunny Hugs,
    Rett

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  4. Patricia, those are so freekin' CUTE!! Very nicely done. :D

    HAPPY EASTER to you and your family!! xoxo

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  5. Hello...cuteness!! I had to pin this to Pinterest so I remember to make these one day. Jello and cream cheese? Um, yes please!

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  6. Don't have time to make these for today but am adding the recipe to my special foods file. Happy Easter to you and your family. These are wonderful!

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  7. I have those jello molds but I never thought of using them like this. Really great idea!

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  8. I used to have those molds.........don't know what every happened to them. Cute idea! Yum:)

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  9. What a fun Easter idea! My kids would love these...now I have a reason to track down some of those molds. I'm a huge fan of Whip-It, too~

    Happy Easter, Patricia!

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  10. Boy - wish I had seen this earlier. What a hit! I;ll have to pass it on to a couple "young" Moms I know. Really so cute. Love it.

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  11. Those are so cute, Patricia! I used to have those jello egg molds when my girls were little. I think I may have thrown them away :(

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  12. How adorable and creative too. Happy Easter.
    Sam

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  13. Now this is something different!. Impressed!, CONGRATULATIONS!!!.
    Hi and love from the north of Spain
    Marialuisa

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  14. I love jello anything! "D Looks so pretty!

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  15. As usual your creations are amazing. what a great idea and could the jello could be made into other themes as well..

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  16. Patricia you are such a cool mom! I bet your kids still ask for these.

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  17. used your idea this easter. It was a hit!

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  18. nice picture you have been putting up but my outcome is never as nice as yours.

    Papacheong
    http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

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  19. What an awesome idea! Hi! I'm your newest follower, here from the Over 40s. Come follow me at Weidknecht.blogspot.com!

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  20. I love it! So cute.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  21. I've seen whole Jello eggs, but never "deviled" Jello eggs. How cute is that? I am going to have to remember that. My mom made them out of blown out real eggs when we were young (before we knew much about salmonella! These are so pretty and colorful. I bet they are always a big hit.

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  22. You are soooo clever! I love all your ideas and recipes! Thank you for sharing!
    Have a great day.
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    Concetta

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  23. These are sooooo adorable!!:)

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  24. I just love these! What an awesome idea!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  25. Oh this so CUTE! I need to find some molds in time for next year!

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  26. Shot this over to my GF so she can make them for the Grands next year! Just too cute:@)

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  27. Wow these are adorable! I've done the jello eggs for years, but for a change I love these! Definitely next year. :)

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  28. Patricia, these are the cutest "eggs" I've ever seen. I've had so many misadventures with whipped cream (melts like the Wicked Witch in Oz), so I am glad to see the kind of stabalizer you use!

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  29. You are so clever! I have never seen these jello eggs before. I am a new follower of your blog. Hope you'll stop by our blog for a visit soon!

    Lori

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  30. These are so flippin' cute! I wish I had a set of Jello egg molds, I'd go make them right now!

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  31. All'inizio ho pensato che il post non era interessante, ma devo dire che mi ha incuriosito con questo tema. Dopo aver letto le informazioni che hai postato, e il modo in cui l'avete fatto, io cambio la mia opinione e ho iniziato a sentire la curiosità per il tuo altre voci, così ho deciso di leggerli tutti uno per uno. Ora, devo dire che è diventato in uno dei più grandi blog che ho letto in vita mia.

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  32. This is one of the cutest things I've seen. I'm so inspired and impressed and will have to make them someday. Thanks!

    Shelly :)

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  33. Thank you for the great idea. My son is allergic to eggs and this is perfect instead of devilled eggs..........

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  34. Patricia, I think I still have one of those molds...I'll be looking for it! My grands would love these (and the big people, too!!).

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  35. I used to make these, but I got rid of the molds! I love Whip It too, I get it on Amazon cause it is so hard to find!
    Your jigglers bring back memories, Patricia! So cute!

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  37. Thank you for participating in the RecipeLion blog hop. Voting will begin on March 26th at midnight CST and end on March 29th, 2012 at midnight CST. Tell you friends to vote for this recipe. Good luck!

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  38. This is sooo fun. found it on Pinterest. I am doing this for sure for Easter!!

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  39. Found you through the RecipeLion blog hop ~ I have never seen anything like these ~ and I have pinned your recipe. Best of luck in the contest!

    If you like linky parties, I would love to have you swing by on Friday for Weekend Potluck. Link on one blog but it shows on four. Always incredible. :)

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  40. thanks for spurring my imagination! Gonna take it a step farther for April Fools Day---make it eggy white with light color Jello (like pineapple)by adding a little fat free evaporated milk, and tint the cream yellow for the "fooled you fake deviled eggs!"

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  41. Hi, just to let you know
    I have featured these on my blog

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xx

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  42. I love these!!! What a cute idea and I just can't get enough of jello. Pinning it!

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  43. If anyone cant find the molds maybe plastic easter eggs would work..i've seen the ones that open length wise. I think they would work

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  44. i have those egg molds -(yeah for 15 yr or so) i only get a occasional batch that comes otta the mold --i tried oil brushed inside & pam -but they stick ---what do you use?? sharjk@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi Sharjk - Plastic is a pretty nonstick surface on it's own, but I do spray my molds with Pam nonstick cooking spray. I give the molds a pretty good coat and most of the eggs come out without breaking. I have one mold that has a imprinted design and I find those eggs don't come out as well as ones made in my plain molds.

      Are you using the same water ratio that I've used? Too much water will make the jello set "softer" and the eggs will break much more easily. If that doesn't work, check out the thrift stores in your area for some newer molds.

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  45. This would be great to use at a Dr Suess party...new spin on green eggs and ham! I will definitely be trying this for my sister's Thing 1 and Thing 2 themed baby shower!

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  46. i absolutely LOVE this! Such a great idea! I have been looking every where for these molds! i use to make them when i was little and now that i have babies i have been dying to get some! I love that you made "deviled eggs!" i have an idea myself that i want to create with these molds ;)

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  47. I have found the molds, & they're free for a limited time (just pay shipping) at the Kraft Corner Store https://apfco.com/secure/w1381/product_description.cfm?product=KW1381-6 This is a great idea that I will be sharing with my munchkin this easter (maybe do some multicolored jello eggs!)

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  48. These are darling! I may make them as a surprise for Easter dinner. Thanks for the great idea. Lisa~

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  49. Wonder if you could just use the plastic eggs that you put treats in and just use them as halves. Could stabilize them on a muffin pan while they are setting up...I am going to try these so cute...I have never heard of whip it before though so am not sure where to find that locally..thanks for the cute idea

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    1. Gee, I don't know. The plastic eggs would have to close very tightly to keep the liquid from seeping out. And you'd have to drill a hole to be able to fill them. Check out the link Emily shared on March 4 (just a couple comments before you). She found an inexpensive supplier of the molds.

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  50. These are so cute but I can not find the mold's. Thinking of trying them in plastic Easter eggs that open long way's and see how that work's. hey they would be already cut that way just cut out filling hole. will let you know how it turn's out. Thanks from April in Albion Indiana.

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  51. Awesome! I just ordered my free molds from your link. Can not wait to bring these for Easter. Lots of little ones will be there and I am sure they will love these.

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  52. My Mom made these for us at Easter 60 plus years ago. We didn't have the molds of course just used eggs, be sure to clean the eggs well before using them. She placed them on a bed of shredded lettuce with a dollop of mayo on the side. Easter wasn't complete without them. I did buy the mold some time ago but I'm not sure where it is. I've been thinking about using eggs again.

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  53. Instead of using the cream cheese filling, Couldnt I just use the whip cream in a can?

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    1. I don't see why that wouldn't work, as long as you add the whipped cream just before serving (the canned stuff deflates quickly). Hope you don't get a can that spurts all over the place ;).

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  54. I am wondering about using cool whip & cream cheese, like I use in strawberry pretzel salad. Or maybe mixing cool whip & dry vanilla pudding?

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    1. I don't know how mixing cool whip with something else would work - I don't use cool whip, but doesn't the container say something about how you shouldn't stir it because that will cause it to deflate? Maybe not, but I think I heard that somewhere. Perhaps using it directly out of the tub would be best.

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  55. Why not use the dishes used to carry deviled eggs to picnics?

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    1. That might be a possibility, as long as they're not too shallow. The egg carrier I have wouldn't work because the indentations are only about 1/4-inch deep.

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  56. There are plastic eggs that come so they open lengthwise and you would only have to fill halves with no cutting in half. I am trying them today and will let you know how it goes

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    1. Thanks - I look forward to hearing from you.

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  57. trying this now but since I don't have the molds and it is too late to order I am using the plastic deviled egg plates that you can get from the dollar store...wish me luck!!!

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  58. Sugar free jello works great! We also used plain vanilla pudding for filler and it came out perfect! Also we got our "molds" from the dollar store and they are the plates you use to serve them! Perfect for my little ones thank you for sharing!

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  59. Wow, now those are so pretty and go so well for Easter. Never seen anything like these.
    Ann

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  60. Too many posts to read through so - where can I get the Jello molds? I remember them fro a looooonnng time ago but have not seen them lately.

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    1. They're available online here:

      https://apfco.com/secure/w1381/product_description.cfm?product=KW1381-6

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  61. I also made these for our church for sunrise service as we have breakfast and the kids really liked them and also the adults had a few too. I got my molds about 30+ years ago Jello was giving them away when you bought 2 boxes of Jello

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  62. This is such a creative idea! I had to make them today even though it's a day after Easter! I had a bit of trouble with the filling being too soft to pipe. I beat it on high for a good while and couldn't seem to get it to stiff peaks. How long does it usually take? I didn't use the Whip It because I was going to serve them immediately. Also, I used granulated sugar for the filling. Is that correct or was I supposed to use powdered sugar? I managed to stiffen it up by adding another 4 oz of cream cheese and about 1/3 c. of powdered sugar, but I'd appreciate any insight you have to offer on where I went wrong! Thanks! By the way, they were delicious!

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    1. Hi Becca - so sorry you had trouble with your filling, but I'm glad you were able to remedy it. I use granulated sugar so I don't think that was the problem. By chance, did you happen to use low fat cream cheese? It tends to be softer than regular cream cheese. Also, cream cheese will get super soft if it's beaten for too long. I generally just beat it a little so the heavy cream will incorporate evenly, then I whip it all together. You might be able to chill it a bit before piping next time.

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  63. I would like to know if you add the cold water to the jello for the eggs and can i use dream whip for the whip it and also is whipping cream good for the heavy cream

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    1. No on the cold water - you need boiling water to melt the gelatin. I've never used Dream Whip, but I looked it up and I'd say yes, should be fine. Whipping cream and heavy cream are essentially the same, so yes to that one too.

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    2. Patrica thanks for the information i made one batch with adding 3/4 hot water and 3/4 cold water i quess i will see how it turns out hope it works

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    3. As long as the gelatin dissolved fully, that should work well for you.

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    4. it didn't work i can't get them out of the mold so now i am using just hot water and oil to coat the plastic egg dish and trying again i want to take them to work to share do you use a mixer to mix the cream cheese and sugar and heavy cream or do it by hand with a whip

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    5. Bummer - be sure to let the eggs chill over night (they firm up better that way). My directions say to coat the mold with a thin layer of oil so I hope you didn't miss that. Yes, I use a mixer to make the filling.

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    6. thanks patricia i didn't see where it said that but the 2 nd time around i did and they came out this time now if i can get the filling right i will be happy camper. my granddaughter wants to make these too. i told her as soon as i learn i will teach her thanks again for you help have a good day

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    7. Glad to help - you have a good day too!

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    8. Patricia the eggs where a big hit at work now everyone wants them thanks again for your help

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    9. My pleasure! I'm so glad they were a hit. Take care.

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  64. They look like the dessert version of deviled eggs.

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