Mom's 1950s Pink Jello Cheesecake

Kathie Carr Recipe

By Kathie Carr kathiecc

15 Min

This was a classic in our area in the 1950's and early 1960'. I can't tell you where Mom got the recipe but it was very common back then. We all loved it.

It doesn't have to be pink. My sister, Becky, would only eat the lemon flavor. If you prefer a different color or flavor, just switch the flavor of Jello you use.

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3/4 c
melted butter or margarine
squares graham crackers, crushed
1 Tbsp
powdered sugar
1 box
strawberry jello (or use lemon, lime, or other flavor)
1 c
boiling water
(8 ounce) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 c
2 tsp
1 2/3 c
evaporated milk, chilled in the can in the refrigerator overnight

Directions Step-By-Step

For crust: Mix together and pat into bottom of a 9 by 13 inch pan. Save a few crumbs for the top of the cheesecake if you like.
For Filling: Mix Jello with 1 cup boiling water. Beat in cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. In a separate bowl whip evaporated milk until stiff peaks form. Fold into cheesecake mixture. Pour all into crust lining 9 by 13 pan. If you saved a few crumbs for the topping sprinkle them on top now. Chill until firmly set. You can serve with whipped cream if you like.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Desserts
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Annacia * Annacia
Oct 6, 2015
We had company over for dessert and cards on Sunday and this recipe was dessert. It was a total hit and our guests each had seconds. It so reminded me of childhood pleasures that tasted wonderful. Easy to make ahead as it has to be well chilled anyway. I did use the strawberry as I had that on hand (and I wanted it pink, lol). As yummy as it ever was. If you have never tried this classic you owe it to yourself to try it at least once.