Pop Shop America is the perfect place to come to for color – all the beautiful pastels. You KNOW Pop Shop America loves a good pink, and who can resist a pastel green or yellow?
This Easy Pastel Jello is so so so simple, so pretty to look at, and even prettier on a plate. Top it with a few jelly beans or chocolate kisses to give it that extra beautiful feel!
Read on for all the tips and tricks for making Easy Easter Jello Pie, or hop on down to the bottom of the blog post for the printable recipe card!
What You’ll Need:
You’ll need a graham cracker pie crust – storebought or homemade, your preference.
Grab some boxes of Jello in colors like green, pink, blue and purple. It’s up to you as to how many layers you want to make. The more layers, the more visually stunning, but also the more layers, the more time. So if you’re in a time crunch, just use 3 or 4. If you’ve got time, I recommend 5 or 6 colors for maximum pastel rainbow effect.
Other than that, you’ll just use whipped topping (such as Cool Whip) and whatever decorations you want to use as toppers on your pie!
Making Colored Layers
Start by boiling 2/3 cup of water for each box of Jello. So if you have 6 colors, you’ll want 2/3 x 6, which is 12/3 or 4 cups of boiling water.
Place the contents of each box of each color of Jello in a bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup of boiling water until the powder is completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of ice water to each bowl and stir to mix completely. Whisk in 1 cup of whipped topping to each bowl. I recommend using a whisk instead of a spoon, because you’ll end up with a smoother texture.
Spread your first color in an even layer in your pie crust. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. I used about 3/4 of each bowl of Jello mixture. Then add your second layer. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Repeat with your layers. (If your layers seem solid enough, you don’t HAVE to refrigerate in between, but you don’t want them to run together).
After the last colored layer, refrigerate the whole pie for at least 3 hours or overnight.
If you have leftover Jello mixture in each color, you can just layer them in a small bowl for a crustless treat!
And now onto some topping options!
Ways to Decorate Your Pastel Easter Jello Pie
After you’ve added your final colored layer, finish your pie off with a layer of fluffy Cool Whip if you want a fluffy topped finish. Or just leave it with the last color showing for a pop of color!
Top your pie with any colorful thing you can think of! Try pastel candies like: Peeps (they’re available for every single holiday now!), jelly beans, speckled eggs, or pastel nonpareils. You could use pastel sprinkles, too.
Or if you want it to feel a little healthier, top it with a rainbow of fruit. Strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple all hold up as great decorations.
Note: If you choose to use candy or sprinkles to decorate, I recommend waiting to add those until right before serving. Otherwise the color may bleed from the candy onto your otherwise gorgeous dessert.
Prefer a Different Color Scheme?
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t love a rainbow of all different colors, you could also choose ONE color and create an ombre effect by using different amounts of colored Jello.
You could also just choose 2 colors and alternate them to create a pattern.
Cutting the Pastel Layered Pie
Cutting is so important with this pie, because you don’t want to ruin the layered color effect when you cut into it.
To cut the pie, make sure you take it directly from the refrigerator so it is super cold. Run your knife under hot water in between each cut. You want the knife clean and hot each time. Then make one clean cut through the pie. Wet the knife again and make your next cut. Continue on.
Use a triangular pie spatula to remove the pieces of pie. (If your first piece is hard to get out, just put that one on a plate to save for leftovers! No one has to see it – the second piece is always easier to get out, once you have a nice open spot to help give you a place to slide the spatula under.)
Kid-Friendly Baking, Too!
No matter how you slice it, this Easy Pastel Jello Pie is delicious, beautiful and it’s also a kid-friendly recipe if you have kids who like to help in the kitchen!
Kids shouldn’t handle the boiling water, but they can absolutely do the rest of the steps independently!
Easter Pastel Jello Pie
- 1 pre-made graham cracker crust
- 4-6 (3 oz) boxes Jello in different colors
- 2 (8 oz) containers Cool Whip
- boiling water (2 2/3 cups for 4 colors // 4 cups for 6 colors)
- ice water (2 cups for 4 colors // 3 cups for 6 colors)
- Start by boiling 2/3 cup of water for each box of Jello. So if you have 6 colors, you’ll want 2/3 x 6, which is 12/3 or 4 cups of boiling water.
- Pour each Jello powder into a different bowl. Stir in 2/3 cup boiling water until powder is completely dissolved.
- Add1/2 cup ice water to each bowl and stir to mix completely.
- Whisk in 1 cup whipped topping into each bowl.
- Spread 1st color into bottom of pie crust. Refrigerate 10 minutes.
- Repeat with remaining colors.
- Refrigerate the finished pie at least 4 hours before serving.
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