Orange Creamsicle Dessert Bars

My husband is a huge fan of both Jell-O and Orange Creamsicles, so I knew he’d love this dessert.  And he wasn’t the only one!  It really does taste like an Orange Creamsicle, and with summer just around the corner, it’s perfect for a hot day.

The top layer is quite  thick, so make sure the orange gelatin layer is nice and firm before you add the second layer.  I’m already thinking about making it with other flavors of Jell-O…..strawberry and lemon are at the top of my list.

Orange creamsicle dessert

Orange Creamsicle Dessert Bars
Prep time
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tabespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 (3 oz.) package Jell-O Orange Flavor Gelatin
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened, divided
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) thawed Cool Whip, divided
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package Jell-O instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter and press onto bottom of an 8-inch square pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. In a small bowl, microwave juice for about 1 minute on high. Add to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 minutes until completely dissolved.
  3. Gradually add to half the cream cheese in a medium bowl, beating with mixer after each addition until blended.
  4. Whisk in 1 cup Cool Whip. Spread over crust. Freeze while preparing next layer.
  5. Beat remaining cream cheese and milk in a separate medium bowl until blended.
  6. Add dry pudding mix; beat 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in remaining Cool Whip and orange zest. Spread over gelatin layer.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Kraft Recipes



  1. Reminds me of a Good humor ice cream pop, and looks great too! Richard

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  3. Orange Creamsicles are sooo summery … Yum :-)

  4. Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to make these!

  5. Looks delicious!

  6. Citrus flavor makes this really appropriate, be it Spring or summer…Can’t wait to try =)

  7. I had some problems spreading the top layer as thinly as you did in your picture. It reminded me of frosting a hot cake. Any tips or ideas? I agree, these do taste delightfully dreamy! I just want my bars to look as beautiful as yours! :)

    P.S. Thanks for the recipe

    -Carli in MT

  8. Carli, my best tip is to make sure the underneath layer is very firm. It can still be a bit tricky thoough, and you should know that not every piece looked this beautiful. I of course picked the best looking one for the picture! :) Another idea might be doing it parfait style–then you wouldn’t have to worry so much about having perfect looking layers.

  9. This sounds delicious! As I live in the UK can you please tell me what Cool Whip is please?

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