A fun Valentine’s Day Jell-O recipe, these Heart Cut-out Jello Squares are a cute addition to a Valentine’s Day party.
Valentine’s Jell-O Square Recipe
Ella and I recently hosted a Queen of Hearts Valentine’s Day party for her and her friends, and because I’m a little bit extra, I had to theme all of our food to the occasion.
These Heart Cut-out Jell-O Squares are a cute way to serve Jell-O at a party while paying a subtle nod to the playing card theme throughout our party decor. Some people even call this “finger Jello” because it’s stable enough to pick up and eat without any utensils.
While we used a boxed red Jell-O for the hearts, the white jelly is made with a combination of gelatin powder and condensed milk. It’s super easy and not something you should be intimidated by at all. The resulting taste is like strawberries and cream. If you’re a fan of ice cream and Jell-O (or “ice cream and jelly” as my British family calls it), you’re going to love this combination.
This recipe lasts in the fridge for up to seven days, though I would personally serve within three. The jelly will start to soften and eventually melt at room temperature, but we had it out for an hour at the party without it becoming too messy. Try to wait until the last minute to bring these out, if possible.
Jello Squares Ingredients
- Red Jello
- Boiling water
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Gelatin packets <– we used this brand
- Cold water
Tip: want different heart colors? Make additional batches of Jell-O in separate trays to cut into hearts.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- 2 casserole dishes, approximately 9″ x 9″
- Small heart cookie cutter
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl
How to Make Jello Squares with Heart Centers
Grease a 9″ x 9″ casserole dish or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the red Jell-O packets with 1 1/2 cups boiling water and stir until dissolved. Add in 1 1/2 cups cold water.
Pour the prepared Jell-O mixture into your greased casserole dish and chill until set.
Grease a second 9″ x 9″ casserole dish.
Using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the red Jell-O into hearts and place the cut-outs in your second casserole dish.
Place in the fridge as you prepare the white jelly layer.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the powdered gelatin with 1/2 cup of cold water and let stand for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the sweetened condensed milk with 1 cup boiling water.
Once the gelatin has dissolved, pour in the milk mixture.
Allow to cool and then pour over the red Jell-O hearts.
Place in the fridge and allow to set completely, about 2 hours.
Cut into squares and serve.
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These Valentine’s Jello Squares are a cute way to serve Jell-O for Valentine’s Day, and a delicious twist on that classic strawberries and cream flavor pairing.
For more cute Valentine’s Day recipes, check out our Edible Chalkboard Brownies or our Homemade Slice and Bake Heart Sugar Cookies recipe.