If you’ve been to Oahu, you’ve probably seen at least one Zippy’s 24 hour restaurant. It’s a popular local restaurant chain that serves a mix of foods that reflects the different cultures of the islands. Although these restaurants actually became famous for its chili and sells 110 tons each month (what?!), one of my favorite parts are the Napoleon Bakeries located inside. These bakeries sell scones to custom cakes, but my favorite dessert is their Jello cheesecake squares.
These squares do take a little time to make, but they are super tasty and a family favorite. It has a crunchy nutty crust, a middle cheesecake like layer, and a top layer of Jello. I forgot to take pictures of all the steps, but it’s pretty self explanatory.
Take cream cheese and leave out on counter to soften.
Place large bowl and whipping cream into freezer for 30 minutes.
Slice cold butter into small pieces and put into a food processor. Next, add in the brown sugar, flour, and chopped nuts. Pulse just until it starts to form a crumbly dough – do not want to over process this. It should be crumbly and just barely holding together.
Press crust dough into a 9″ x 13″ greased pan. Bake for 15 -18 minutes in a 350F degree oven.
The crust should be a light golden color. Let crust cool completely.
*The crust will be slightly soft, but it will firm up as it cools and is chilled*
After 30 minutes, add the chilled whipping cream to the chilled bowl and whip on high until it holds peaks. Place back into the freezer until needed.
Place one cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes and add in the lemon Jello. Stir until all the Jello mix is dissolved. Set aside and let cool completely.
While the whipping cream and bowl are chilling, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
Once the Jello mixture is cooled completely, add it to the cream cheese mixture and stir well.
Next, fold the chilled whipped cream into the the cream cheese mixture and pour over cooled crust. Place this into the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
Place 3 cups of water into the microwave for 3-4 minutes. Add the 6 oz. of strawberry Jello and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.
Once cooled, pour onto the cheesecake layer and place back into the refrigerator to set for an hour.
Slice into squares and serve.
*You can top it with whipped cream and strawberries*
*If you have a deep 9″ x 13″ pan, you can add another layer of Jello or add sliced strawberries into the Jello*
If you ever visit Hawaii, I hope you make time to stop and eat at one of the Zippy’s restaurants. It’s not fine dining, but it sure tastes good and you’ll get to visit one of Oahu’s favorite eating establishments.
Jell-O Cheesecake Squares
Yield: 18 squares
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
How to make Zippy's style Strawberry Jell-o Cheesecake Squares. Most the preparation time is waiting for the layers to set in the fridge.
- 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup walnuts or macadamia nuts*, chopped
- 1 - 3oz. package of lemon Jell-O
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 cup powdered sugar or 3/4 cup if you prefer less sugar
- 1 8oz. package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups heavy cream
Jell-O Top Layer
- 1 6oz. package of strawberry Jell-O
- 3 cups hot water
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Grease 9″ x 13″ pan. Set aside.
- Slice cold butter into small pieces and put into a food processor.
- Next, add in the brown sugar, flour, and chopped nuts.
- Pulse just until it starts to form a crumbly dough.
- Press dough into the 9″ x 13″ pan and bake for 15 – 18 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Place a large bowl and heavy whipping cream into the freezer for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, add the chilled whipping cream to the chilled bowl and whip on high until it holds peaks. Place back into the freezer until needed.
- Place one cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes and add in the lemon Jello. Stir until all the Jello mix is dissolved. Set aside and let cool completely.
- In a separate bowl, cream together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
- Add the cooled Jello mixture to the cream cheese mixture and blend well.
- Next, fold the chilled whipped cream into the the cream cheese mixture and pour over cooled crust.
- Place this into the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.
- Place 3 cups of water into the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the 6 oz. of strawberry Jello and stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, pour onto the cheesecake layer and place pan back into the refrigerator.
- Let set for an hour.
- Slice into squares and serve.
* I prefer using macadamia nuts for the crust.
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Hi! What a great idea! Thanks for stopping by #TheWeekendSocial and linking up! I have pinned, stumbled and shared your link across social media. I hope to see you again next week!
These are too gorgeous! I love jello anything! Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinned!
These are gorgeous! Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/03/try-new-recipe-tuesday-march-25.html
Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party this week.
Looks amazing! Yum! I would have never thought of the jello on top!
Congrats! You are featured on this week’s Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. 🙂 http://www.vintagezest.com/2014/03/do-tell-tuesday-16-with-features-co-host.html
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Thanks for the feature. Always love your blog hop.
Thanks for featuring me. I linked up and put the party button in my sidebar.
That looks brilliant! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up with us again this weekend, I’d love to see you there Have a great weekend!
Sounds amazing! I love anything involving cheesecake! Thanks for coming over and sharing at The Weekend Retreat!!
Stopping by from “Treasure Box Tuesday”! This looks delicious!!
Thanks for pinning and visiting.
These look so beautiful! And now you have me craving tropical paradise–after a winter like this, a trip to Oahu sounds amazing 🙂
Oh, man this looks so good. Hope you have a great day!
These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at the Friday PINfest! I’m pinning! I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
looks delicious and sure to be a great treat. Thank you for linking and sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ♥
Looks so tasty I must try these 🙂 I do love cheesecake
Just stopping by from Chain Linky CLIMB. So glad you linked up. I added you to G+.
Have a wonderful week,
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Thanks…followed back on G+ and bloglovin
Erlene, these look so good! I love cheesecake, so I know I will enjoy these. Thank you for sharing these pretty treats at Treasure Box Tuesday- I have pinned and tweeted! ♥
Thank you. Appreciate the shout out.
For some reason I like layered/ stacked food. It just looks so good with the tiers of colors and textures. My husband loves cheesecake and I’m pretty sure he’s never had it layered with jello.
Thank you for stopping in and linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week.
These look amazing. I know someone around here, who claims not to eat dessert, but who would love these!!
This looks and sound so good. I am so ready for strawberries. Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend.
This sounds great. My family loves Cheesecake! I pinned this.
Thanks for pinning!
Thanks for sharing with us at Marvelous Monday this week – it looks fantastic… pinning to my party board!
Yum! I like the different twist with the jello top.
Looks delicious! I love anything cheesecake-y. 🙂