Aunt Arleen's Famous Jello Cheesecake

by Ala
1 9x13 pan
1 hr 20 min

With all the craziness currently characterizing my life right now (and I’ll have plenty to share about that in the coming weeks!), I’ve definitely been looking for ways to slow down and spend more time doing the things that I really love again. And of course, baking & blogging top that list–so here I am, back and as happy as a kid who’s just eaten five servings of this amazing jello cheesecake!

I decided to break my blogging silence with this particular jello cheesecake recipe because it happens to be my favorite dessert in the world, period. Technically this recipe isn’t even mine to share: it belongs to my Aunt Arleen, who has been making this gelatin goodness for us since before I can remember. Every holiday or family special occasion without fail, a pan of this creamy, textured, mind-blowing layered dessert would appear in my grandparents’ fridge, which would be raided by fourteen pairs of grubby little hands the moment we’d licked our dinner plates clean.

It’s also the one thing that has stayed constant over the years, as beloved members of the family have passed away and others–significant others, spouses, great-grandchildren–have been welcomed into our family with their very first bite of this delectable tradition. For me, this fluffy, slightly tangy dessert represents comfort during a time of chaos and a tie that signals us back to the harbor when we’re lost. Of course, that’s a lot to pin on a simple jello cheesecake…but food isn’t considered a universal language for nothing!

Whether you’re searching for a perfect comfort dessert or ready to start your own family tradition, I definitely recommend making this jello cheesecake as soon as possible. Although I swear that there’s just something different about the way Aunt Arleen’s version always turns out (because nobody ever makes it as good as our auntie does), I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Aunt Arleen's Famous Jello Cheesecake
Recipe details
  • 1  9x13 pan
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 1 Hours Total time: 1 hr 20 min
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  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 package (3 oz.) lemon-flavored jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 package (6 oz.) strawberry-flavored jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together all crust ingredients.
Press into a lightly-greased 9x13-inch baking pan, then bake for 15 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
Mix lemon-flavored jello with 1 cup boiling water. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whip heavy cream with a mixer until stiff peaks form.
In a separate large bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Fold in whipping cream. Stir in cooled lemon jello mixture.
Pour mixture over crust and refrigerate for at least two hours.
Combine strawberry jello mix with 2 cups boiling water. Set aside and cool.
Gently pour jello over chilled cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before slicing and enjoying!
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  • Mary Mangus Mary Mangus on Oct 15, 2021

    Thank you so much for this recipe. A good friend of mine used to make it over 40 years ago and she would never give me the recipe. This was my all time favorite dessert so I am so glad you gave it to us.

    • Ala Ala on Oct 16, 2021

      That's wonderful, Mary! So glad you love this as much as we do!

  • Jackie Shineman Jackie Shineman on Jul 08, 2023

    Have you tried this with sugarless jello or regular jello without the extra one cup of sugar in the cheesecake layer?

    • Ala Ala on Jul 08, 2023

      Hi! I haven't tried this with sugarless jello, but don't see why not since it would still have sugar substitutes with a similar flavor. I would not recommend removing the extra one cup of white sugar.