Jell-O Crown Jewel/Window Glass desserts (1960s)


Crown Jewel Dessert recipes

Crown Jewel Dessert as a mold, a pie, and a spring-form pan dessert. Also known as Broken Window Glass Cake, this is a spectacular dessert that fits busy schedules — the gelatin for cubes may be made one day, remainder of dessert can wait until the next day.


1 package (3 oz.) each Jell-O Orange, Cherry, and Lime gelatins
4 cups boiling water
1-1/2 cups cold water
1 package (3 oz.) Jell-O Lemon Gelatin
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs.
1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
2 envelopes Dream Whip Whipped Topping Mix, or 2 cups whipping cream

* Or use 16 to 18 ladyfingers, split, to line pan instead of crumb-butter mixture.


Prepare the three flavors of gelatin separately, using 1 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup cold water for each. Pour each flavor into an 8-inch square pan. Chill until firm, or overnight. Then combine the lemon gelatin, sugar, and remaining 1 cup boiling water; stir until gelatin and sugar are dissolved. Stir in pineapple juice. Chill until slightly thickened.

Meanwhile, mix the crumbs and melted butter; press into bottom of 9-inch spring-form pan. (If desired, press part of crumbs on sides of pan.) Cut the firm gelatins into 1/2-inch cubes. Then prepare whipped topping mix as directed on package or whip the cream; blend with lemon gelatin. Fold in gelatin cubes. Pour into pan.

Chill at least 5 hours, or overnight. Run knife or spatula between sides of dessert and pan, and remove sides of pan before serving. If desired, spread additional prepared whipped topping or whipped cream on top and sides. Makes 16 servings.

NOTE: Other Jell-O Gelatin fruit flavors may be used instead of those suggested in recipe, forming any combination of colors desired. For in-stance, make all the cubes of Jell-O Black Raspberry or Lime Gelatin and substitute Jell-O Strawberry Gelatin for the lemon gelatin.

Crown Jewel Pie

Prepare Crown Jewel Dessert, pouring mixture into 2 ladyfinger- or crumb-lined 9-inch pie pans. (To line pie pans with ladyfingers, use about 18 ladyfingers, split. Line the bottoms of the pans; then cut remaining ladyfingers in half crosswise and line the sides of the pans.)

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Crown Jewel Cheese Dessert

Prepare Crown Jewel Dessert, substituting 2 packages (3 or. each) cream cheese, beaten with 1/4 cup milk until fluffy, for the whipped topping.

Crown Jewel Mold

Prepare Crown Jewel Dessert, omitting crumb mixture and pouring mixture into a 3-quart mold or 9-inch spring-form pan.

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