Bright red and green Christmas jello roll ups are the perfect Christmas treats for adults and kids. Everyone loves their sweet taste and super-fun texture.
Jelly Pinwheel Roll Ups
These bright-colored desserts are a cross between a jello dessert and homemade candy. Tasty jello and sticky marshmallows combine to make an iconic holiday dessert that everyone will ask for over and over again. If you’re looking for easy Christmas desserts, you can’t get much easier than three ingredients.
They dress up the dessert table with bold red and green colors and taste delicious with other holiday treats, like no-bake avalanche cookies. But they have a different texture that everyone will crowd around and want to try them.
The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the jello to set. That is the longest two hours – but it’s worth it!
Fill up your Christmas party table with these jello rolls, along with other desserts like Christmas pinwheel cookies and butter cookies with sprinkles. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.
Why you’ll love Christmas Jello Roll Ups
Super Easy – There are just three ingredients, which makes them a sweet treat that is virtually impossible to mess up.
Festive Colors – The red and green colors fit in with any holiday party you’re attending or throwing.
Customizable – Use any flavor or color of jello – the options are endless
Make Ahead -.They will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days ahead of time.
Equipment you’ll need
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- Strawberry Gelatin – This flavor of jello is what makes the red layer bright red and gives it that familiar strawberry jello flavor.
- Lime Gelatin – This will make green jello that is bright green with a citrus note.
- Water – You’ll need warm water to make the jello.
- Mini Marshmallows – This is what gives the jello pinwheels their iconic texture. You know, a bit sticky!
How to make Jello roll ups
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: First thing, you want to mix the strawberry gelatin with water in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat it for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Then, stir in the miniature marshmallows and microwave for another minute.
- Step Two: Stir the marshmallow and gelatin mixture until the marshmallows are completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the strawberry gelatin mixture into a prepared pan and place it in the refrigerator for about two hours.
- Step Three: For the second batch, repeat the steps to making the jello mixture using lime gelatin in the other baking dish.
- Step Four: After both pans are set completely, one at a time, use a butter knife to loosen the jello from the edges of the pan. Switch to a sharp knife, slice down the middle of each pan, and place each half of the jello on a piece of parchment paper, marshmallow side up.
- Step Five: Start with the short end, roll each slice of jello up, and place it seam-side down on a cutting board. Cut each roll into ½-inch slices.
And there you have a fun and easy cooking activity for the whole family!
What to serve with Christmas Jello Roll Ups
These bright and fun Christmas roll ups are the perfect holiday desserts! Whether you’re snuggling up to watch a holiday movie or you want to set out a fun snack for people to nibble on while wrapping presents, they are just so perfect!
They look great in a glass bowl or glass container so people can see the pretty colors of the fruit rollups!
Tips & Suggestions
- Use any color or flavor of gelatin that you want. Red and green is such a simple idea for the holidays, but you can use different colors for occasions like birthday parties, Halloween, Easter, you name it.
- Serve them on top of a pile of marshmallows to make them look like snowballs.
- 12 regular-sized large marshmallows can be used in place of the mini marshmallows.
How to store Christmas jello roll ups
How to store leftovers
Store the roll ups in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How long will jello roll ups last in the fridge?
It’s best to eat the Christmas roll ups within three days.
Can I freeze them?
No, do not freeze the jello roll-ups. It will change the texture too much and they won’t be the same when you thaw them.
The easiest way to make jello stronger is to use less water. But when you make these roll-ups, the marshmallows make the roll ups really strong.
For best results, don’t add anything to the roll-ups. If you do, it will affect how strong they are and how they roll.
Follow the recipe closely. If you use too much gelatin and insufficient water, the jello will be difficult to eat. The jelly crystals won’t completely dissolve and it will make the sticky treat too hard.
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