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No Bake Jelly Slice

No Bake Jelly Slice

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This recipe is another classic from my childhood. My mum would make this no bake jelly slice frequently. This recipe is easy to put together, but does require some patience as you wait for the various layers to set. In New Zealand ‘jelly‘ is what you would call ‘jell-o‘ in America. The American spread known as ‘jelly’ is known as jam or preserves back home. This recipe is a great summer recipe as it doesn’t involved turning on the oven. And here in Gilroy I’ll take all the recipes that avoid the oven on these 100°F + summer days!

No bake jelly slice ingredients

No bake jelly slice ingredients
  • Plain biscuit/cookie crumbs
  • Butter
  • Condensed milk
  • Gelatine
  • Lemon juice
  • Jelly/Jell-o

Traditionally jelly slice is made with strawberry or raspberry jelly giving it a bright red top layer. This is not a hard and fast rule however. This recipe will work well with ANY jelly/jell-o flavor. Feel free to mix it up and make it with your favorite color.

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Making the jelly slice

This jelly slice is very easy to make. The hardest part of the process is having the patience to mix the gelatine and jello components correctly and wait for the different layers to set. The base is a simple no bake crust made of biscuit/cookie crumbs and melted butter pressed into a parchment lined pan.

jelly slice base in parchment lined pan

Place the crust into the fridge while you make the middle layer. Start by dissolving the gelatine in hot water. You want to take your time here and ensure that the gelatine is completely dissolved before adding to the other ingredients. Once dissolved add the gelatine to the condensed milk and lemon juice and mix until well combined. Pour over the base and refrigerator to set. About two hours.

Middle layer of jelly slice poured over base in pan

Finally, mix the jelly/jell-o using 1/4 cup less water than instructed on the packaging. Again, be sure to mix the jelly well to ensure all of the crystals are well dissolved. Set the jelly aside to cool to room temperature. Once cooled slowly pour over the middle white layer. Do not pour hot or warm over the middle layer or it will melt. Set in the fridge for another four hours, or over night. Slice and enjoy!

jelly slice in pan

Looking for other no bake recipes?

Check out these other no bake recipes from my archives that are perfect for summer!

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Hikers Slice – Chocolate Fudge No Bake Slice
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No Bake Margarita Cheesecake Bars
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Peanut Butter Mousse Cups

Did you try this no bake jelly slice? Let me know what you thought in the comments below. We would also love to see the photos of your bakes (or no bakes in this case). Tag us in your pics on social @mandy.macc.bakes.

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No Bake Jelly Slice

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 min Rest Time 6 hour Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins Servings: 16


This easy no bake jelly slice is sure to be an instant family favorite. A crisp base is topped with a creamy layer and finished with your favorite jelly



  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and set aside

  2. Mix crushed biscuits/cookies with melted butter and press into lined pan to form the base

  3. Dissolve the gelatine in 1/4 cup of boiling water 

  4. Mix dissolved gelatine, condensed milk and lemon juice until well combined

  5. Pour the gelatine/condensed milk mixture over the base and refrigerate to set. Approximately two hours

  6. Once the condensed milk layer is set make the jelly using 1/4 cup less water than instructed on the packet

  7. Set the jelly mixture aside to cool to room temperature

  8. Once the jelly has cooled to room temp slowly pour over the condensed milk layer and refrigerate to set. Approximately 4 hours, or over night


Ensure the gelatine and jelly crystals are well dissolved before proceeding with their respective steps

Ensure the jelly has completely cooled to room temperature before pouring over the condensed milk layer or the condensed milk layer may melt

Store left over jelly slice in an air tight container in the fridge for up to a week

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