Christmas Cookie Jelly Bars
- Ready In:
- 5hrs 32mins
- 1 (16 ounce) package prepared sugar cookie dough
- 2 tablespoons holiday red and green jimmies candy sprinkles, plus more for serving
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1⁄4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 1⁄2 cups thawed frozen whipped topping, plus more for topping
- 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry flavor Jello gelatin
- 1 (3 ounce) package lime flavor Jello gelatin
- 2 cups boiling water, divided
- 1 1⁄2 cups cold water, divided
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar cookie dough, sprinkles and flour until well incorporated. Transfer to a 9x13-inch baking pan and press down into an even layer.
- Bake until golden brown around the edges and the center has just set, about 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely.
- Beat the cream cheese, sugar and milk until well combined. Stir in the frozen whipped topping. Pour over the sugar crust and set in the fridge until ready to use.
- Place the strawberry jell-o in one large bowl, and the lime jell-o in a second bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water into each bowl and stir until completely dissolved. Stir 3/4 cup cold water into each bowl and refrigerate both for 45 minutes.
- Transfer the green mixture into the baking dish, over the cream cheese layer and spread out evenly. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Stir in the strawberries into the strawberry jell-o and then pour over the green jell-o layer and spread out evenly. Chill until firm, about 1-2 hours.
- Cut into bars and serve with a dollop of whipped topping and sprinkles.
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Jonathan Melendez is a passionate author, food photographer, cook, baker, and recipe developer whose blog, The Candid Appetite, has appeared prominently on such sites as, BonAppetite, People, Cosmopolitan, The Kitchn, Today, The Cooking Channel, Food52 and Joy the Baker. He has created and photographed recipes for Idaho Potato Commission, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, American Butter Institute and Jones Dairy Farm, to name a few. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.