My fun little Easter Egg idea has turned into one of my most frequented blog posts through the years so I can't let the Easter season go by without sharing them again. I came up with the idea of making them when my kids were young. I usually make them at Easter time, but they're fun any time of the year.
I start with these egg molds. I got mine at the grocery store about 15 years ago, but you can find them online and occasionally in thrift shops. I've also seen molds that make egg halves available like this one (or check out the other links I have listed below) - just be sure the mold cavities are 1-2 ounces to make jello eggs that are about the same size as normal eggs.
I fill the molds with the jello jiggler recipe (below), then chill for at least 4 hours. After unmolding, I cut them in half lengthwise and then I use a melon ball tool to make a little well in each half. Pop that little bit into your mouth - cook's treat.
Arrange the prepared halves on a deviled egg tray. Do this before you fill the halves, or you'll have a huge mess on your hands.
I like to pipe a pretty swirl of the vanilla cream cheese mixture using a pastry bag and "closed" star tip (the closed star makes those deep grooves).
To pipe the filling more than 6 hours ahead of time, add a packet of Whip It to the vanilla filling mixture when you add the heavy cream. You can skip this step if you like, but I think of it as extra insurance.
Ta-da! Go make some fun and tasty Jell-o Easter Eggs.
Items used to make this recipe:
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vanilla bean paste http://amzn.to/2mTd6Ua
Jell-O variety pack http://amzn.to/2nk9Qwe
disposable pastry bags http://amzn.to/2nk1Hb6
star tip http://amzn.to/2oCRhVc
plastic egg half mold http://amzn.to/2oCUNir
silicone egg half mold http://amzn.to/2ofi51s
polycarbonate egg half mold http://amzn.to/2mT1bp8
Whip-It stabilizer http://amzn.to/2nPrFY0
melon baller http://amzn.to/2oCQ14q
egg trays http://amzn.to/2oD2uVO
Jello Easter Eggs
FOR THE EGGS (makes enough for 6 egg halves):
3 ounce package of jello, any flavor
3/4 cup boiling water
FOR THE VANILLA FILLING (makes enough to fill about 24 egg halves):
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature (mascarpone cheese works well too)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy cream
To Make the Jello Easter Eggs:
Lightly coat egg mold with a thin layer of canola or vegetable oil.
Snap mold together and set it on a tray to catch any spills.
Combine jello and boiling water together; stir for 3 minutes until the jello is completely dissolved. Slowly pour mixture into mold. Chill overnight.
When you're ready to unmold the eggs, slowly pry the mold halves apart (I use a butter knife to gently coax the halves apart).
Using a sharp chef's knife, cut the eggs in half lengthwise using one continuous motion.
Use a melon ball tool to make a well in the large end of each egg half.
To Make the Vanilla Filling:
Cream together the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt until smooth.
Add the heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form.
Put the cream cheese filling into a pastry bag that has been fitted with a large star tip and pipe the filling into the egg halves. Chill until service.
Note: To fill the jello eggs with cream cheese filling more than 6 hours ahead of time, add a packet of Whip It to the cream cheese filling mixture when you add the heavy cream.