Christmas Jello Roll Ups

Christmas Jello Roll Ups are amazingly easy to make and the kids love them! It’s the wiggly and jiggly Jello kids love but rolled up into a flavorful spiral. Jello pinwheels are a wonderful Christmas dessert idea that is an alternative to Christmas cookies. This easy cooking activity is great to get kids involved!

Christmas Jello Roll Ups are amazingly easy to make and the kids love them!

Christmas Jello Roll Ups

These colorful marshmallow and jello pinwheels can be made with whatever flavor of jello you want. We used red and green for Christmas, but green and purple would be fun for Halloween, while red and blue are perfect for July 4th!

Christmas Jello Roll Ups are amazingly easy to make and the kids love them!

Ingredients

  • Red jello (either strawberry or raspberry flavor)

  • Green, lime jello 

  • Marshmallows

  • Hot water

Supplies

  • whisk

  • Medium-sized, microwavable mixing bowls

  • Non-stick cooking spray

  • 9 x 9 inch pan 

  • Regular toothpicks or decorative toothpicks (find them in the baking aisle of a craft store or online HERE)

  • Sharp knife

Jello with marshmallows

Instructions

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together 1 package of red jello and 1/2 cup of water. Be sure the powder fully dissolves. If you are having a hard time getting the powder jelly crystals to dissolve, pop the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat.

Top the jello mixture with mini marshmallows and stir them in. Place in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat. Take it out and give it a good stir. Make sure all the marshmallows have melted.

Jello in a pan

Pour the jello marshmallow mixture into the prepared pan. Place in the fridge to set for  1 hour.

Jello with marshmallows

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together 1 package of green jello and 1/2 cup of water. Add 1 cup of the mini marshmallows and stir them in. Place in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat, then remove and stir. Again, make sure all the marshmallows have melted into the gelatin mixture. Allow the green jello to cool for 5-7 minutes.

How to make Jello Roll Ups

Check to make sure the red layer is completely set. If it hasn’t, allow for more time in the fridge. Pour the green layer directly over the red layer and make sure it fully coats the red layer. Place in the fridge for another 55 minutes.  

How to make a Jello Roll

How to make Jello Roll Ups

Remove and use a spatula or knife to loosen the edges of the jello. The jello mix is a bit sticky, but it should lift very easily away from the edges of the pan. Starting at one end, start rolling the jello until it forms a log.

How to make Jello Roll Ups

Place the toothpicks along the edge holding the seam down. Cut the strips with a thin knife about 1.5-inch slices. Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve.  

Although we did this recipe as a Christmas one, any flavor/color of jello will work for this dessert.  I would suggest making jelly rollups with different colors for the layering so that distinct layers are visible. Different mixtures can be used for all different holidays throughout the year! 

Christmas Jello Roll Ups are amazingly easy to make and the kids love them!

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Christmas Jello Roll Ups are amazingly easy to make and the kids love them!

Christmas Jello Roll Ups

Christmas Jello Roll Ups are amazingly easy to make and the kids love them! Jello rolled up into a flavorful spiral.
Servings: 12 roll-ups

Equipment

  • Whisk
  • 2 medium sized, microwavable mixing bowls
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 9 x 9 inch pan 
  • regular toothpicks or decorative toothpicks
  • sharp knife

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package red jello (either strawberry or raspberry flavor)
  • 1 package green, lime jello
  • 2 cups small marshmallows, divided
  • 1 cup hot water, divided

Instructions
 

  • Spray the pan evenly with cooking spray making sure that you get into the corners.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together 1 package of red jello and 1/2 cup of water. Be sure the powder fully dissolves.  If you are having a hard time getting the powder to dissolve, pop the bowl in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat.
  • Add 1 cup of the mini marshmallows and stir them in. Place in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat.  Take out and give it a good stir. Make sure all the marshmallows have melted.
  • Pour the jello marshmallow mixture into the pan prepared with nonstick spray. 
  • Place in the fridge to set for  1 hour.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together 1 package of green jello and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Add 1 cup of the mini marshmallows and stir them in. Place in the microwave for 1 minute on high heat, then remove and stir. Again, make sure all the marshmallows have melted.
  • Allow the green jello to cool for 5-7 minutes.
  • Check to make sure the red layer has completely set. If it hasn’t, allow for more time in the fridge.
  • Pour the green layer directly over the red layer and make sure it fully coats the red layer.
  • Place in the fridge for another 55 minutes.  
  • Remove and use a spatula or knife to loosen the edges of the jello. It should lift very easily.
  • Starting at one end, start rolling the jello until it forms a log and place the toothpicks along the edge holding the seam down. Give yourself an inch and half between toothpicks.
  • Place on a cutting board and using a sharp knife, cut in between each toothpick.
  • Keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve.  

Notes

  • the time in the fridge is determined by the pan size.  If you are using a larger pan, it will take less time to set.  If using a smaller one, more time will be needed.
  • I prefer a metal pan to make this dessert.  It keeps the bottom layer very cool while you are pouring the hot, second layer.
  • Although we did this recipe as a Christmas one, any flavor of jello will work for this dessert.  I would suggest using distinct and very different colors for the layering so that the swirl is visible. 

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