Easy Jello Stars

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This “OUTSTANDING” dessert and snack is colorful, cool, and cute — not to mention yummy! The super simple recipe is kid-friendly and perfect for the non-cook, keeping everyone “RELAXED” and having fun in the kitchen.
image of ingredients in 8x8 pan
Jello, water, a star cookie cutter (from Christmas!) and sprinkles are all you need!!

Not all recipes need to knock it out of the park. Sometimes the simple things are the most fun! You can never go wrong with jello! These stars are super easy, cute, colorful, yummy, and perfect for the 4th of July (Memorial and Labor Day). Jello Jigglers have been around forever; there’s nothing original about this age-old recipeIf you have a couple of packets of jello in your pantry and a cookie-cutter, you’re in business! There is plenty of room for creativity by using different shapes, colors, add-ins, layering, and decorating. Still, I prefer the simplicity of blueberry jello, a star cookie cutter (last used at Christmas!) and, of course, sprinkles!

Jello in measuring cup and in pan
Boil water in the microwave, add the dry jell and mix till dissolved Pour in a 8×8 pan and chill for 3 hours till set.

This recipe is an easy way to get the kids involved in a fun project before the sparklers and fireworks. It’s also a good activity if rain forces the cancellation of outdoor events. Depending on age, they may be able to microwave the water and stir up the jello. With a bit of guidance, any age can use the cookie cutter to make the shapes. Of course, everyone will want to help decorate with the sprinkles. I use sugar-free jello to keep it a low-calorie snack for the grown-ups, but that’s a personal preference.

Jello stars on plate and scraps of jello in the pan
Remove cut-out shapes with a spatula. Save the scraps for snacking!

I remember one year before I embraced the concept of non-stressed cooking and entertaining, I went all out for a family pool party. I mean, I made a couple of proteins, at least four salads, several side sides, and several desserts. On a whim, I decided to make jello stars for what I thought would be the little ones. Well, it turned out that of all the time-consuming and fussy items I served, the jello stars were the most popular item among the adults! There you go, Impress, NOT Stress! 

Decorate with sparkles and serve. Enjoy!

Easy Jello Stars

Recipe by Jane BruceCourse: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: Kid-FriendlyDifficulty: Super Easy


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Easy-to-make gelatin stars are colorful, cool, cuteand delicious! This recipe is kid-friendly, and non-cook approved. Use any flavor gelatin and/or shape of cookie-cutter depending on the event or celebration! Blue stars are perfect for patriotic holidays like July 4th, Memorial, and Labor Day.


  • • 1¼ cups water

  • • 2 (3 oz) pkgs blueberry gelatin (Jell-O)

  • • Sprinkles


  • Using a microwave-safe measuring cup, nuke 1¼ cups water for 1-3 minutes until it starts to boil. Carefully add the dry gelatin. Stir until completely dissolved, at least 2 minutes. (Do NOT add cold water!) Pour into an 8×8 inch pan.
  • Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm.
  • Cut into decorative shapes using star-shaped cookie cutters. Make sure to cut all the way through gelatin to the bottom of the pan. Gently lift from pan with a spatula. Reserve scraps for snacking. Decorate the stars with sprinkles. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


  • Any flavor or color will work, as will any shape cookie cutter.
  • If doubling this recipe, use a 9×13 pan

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