Since July 4th is this coming Monday and I know that everyone will be having cookouts and get-together’s this long weekend I thought I’d share one of my favorite dessert recipes with y’all. These are easy, absolutely amazingly yummy, and you can even make them red, white, and blue in honor of the 4th!
Red, White, and Blue Jell-O Cupcakes!
Makes 2 dozen
1 box of white cake mix (prepared according to package directions)
1 3 oz. box of your favorite red Jell-O (we used cherry)
1 tub of Cool-Whip
Blue food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven according to package directions. Prepare white cake mix according to package directions, fill cupcake pan (lined with cupcake papers) 3/4 of the way full and follow the baking instructions for cupcakes. Once the cupcakes have cooled place the cupcakes inside of a baking dish (I used 2 13x9 baking dishes to accommodate all of the cupcakes). With a toothpick or fork poke holes into the tops of the cupcakes (going about 3/4 of the way into the cupcakes…be careful NOT to poke through the bottom of the cupcakes).
Meanwhile dissolve Jell-O using 1 cup of boiling water and set aside. DO NOT add the cold water to the Jell-O! Once the Jell-O has dissolved pour into a measuring cup and then slowly soak the top of each cupcake with enough of the Jell-O to cover the top. Once all of the cupcakes have been soaked with Jell-O transfer the cupcakes into clean baking dishes and refrigerate at least 2 hours (I made them the night before and refrigerated them, covered, overnight).
Right before serving cupcakes (or up to an hour or two before if you cover and refrigerate afterward) add 2 to 3 drops of food coloring to the Cool Whip and lightly fold until you reach the desired blue color (you can also skip this step and just use the Cool Whip as is, which is what I did). If adding food coloring be careful not to mix or whip the air out of the Cool Whip. Frost the top of each cupcake with Cool Whip and serve.
These cupcakes are AMAZING and you WILL be asked to make them every single time there is a get-together! The best part is that they are beyond moist and so full of flavor from the Jell-O! Enjoy!