Lime Jello & Cottage Cheese Surprise

Last week on one of the blog parties, I stumbled across this really delicious snack from One Creative Mommy called “Mock Lime Cheesecake”. It’s basically a snack made with cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, water, and Jell-O, and walnuts for garnish. All the ingredients, except the walnuts, are put into a blender until smooth and then chilled. It becomes a thick cheesecake like consistency. I didn’t have lime Jell-O or ricotta, so I made it with just the cottage cheese and orange Jell-O instead. Yum!

For me, the “Mock Lime Cheesecake” is just the perfect amount of sweet, but my husband wanted more sweetness (he’s a work in progress when it comes to cutting down his sugar). He then proceeded to tell me about another dessert his aunt used to make with lime Jell-O, cottage cheese, pineapples, walnuts, and marshmallows. Sounded interesting, so I plugged in “lime Jell-O and cottage cheese” on our web browser and tons of the same recipe popped up.

BTW – you can also make this using whatever Jell-O and fresh fruits that you like. I’ve tried it with orange Jell-O and fresh cut up oranges and strawberry/banana Jell-O with fresh strawberries. Just make sure your fruits are sweet because no one wants to bite into a bitter fruit 🙂

Lime Jell-O and Cottage Cheese Surprise

Yield: 6-8


  • 1 (20 ounce) can chunk pineapple, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows ( 3/4 cup for heated Jell-O mixture and 3/4 cup to mix in when cooled)
  • 1 (3 ounce) package lime Jell-O gelatin
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup whipped cream (I used homemade – whipped heavy cream and powdered sugar)


    1. Drain pineapple chunks Drain pineapple and save the juice. Rough chop the chunk pineapples to make smaller bite-size pieces. You could also use crushed pineapples, but I wanted bigger chunks and chopped my own. Set aside. Then, add water to the saved juice to make it 1 1/2 cups of liquid. Add the juice/water mixture into a saucepan and bring to a boil.

    2. Dissolve jello and pineapple juice Place pineapple juice/water mix into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add 3/4 cup of marshmallow and melt. Add lime Jell-O to the liquid mix and dissolve. Pour this into an 8″x 8″ pan. Place into the refrigerator for 20 – 30 minutes to cool and thicken.

    3. Jello and cottage cheese mix Once thickened, stir in pineapple, cottage cheese, marshmallows, nuts, and whipped cream. Place back into the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until set. Serve cold.


    Since I’ve made this, I’ve also tried it with orange jello and sweet cut up oranges and strawberry/banana jello with strawberries. Both were delicious

    Did you make this recipe?

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    Wouldn’t this also be a great dessert for St. Patrick’s Day too?

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    1. Sounds great. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury, we’d for you to stop by and link up again this weekend!

    2. This recipe reminds me of family get togethers….but I’ve never actually had the recipe! Thanks for sharing at SNF!!

    3. How fun that this is a mock lime cheesecake! I prefer cottage cheese to ricotta.
      Thank you for stopping by See Ya in the Gumbo this week. It’s nice to have you join in and to meet you!

    4. Sound a great idea, I’ve never tried anything like this before, need to try 🙂

    5. Looks like this is just in time for St Patrick’s Day! Thanks for linking up at The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 3 You!

    6. I have a family member that makes something like this, but with just the jello and cottage cheese. I’ve never seen anyone else make it before! Thanks for linking up at the MaMade Blog Hop

    7. Great Salad! I have had this salad a long time ago at a picnic and I loved it~ I haven’t made this in for-ever:) My sister made a salad similar using instant pistachio pudding and I think she called it a Watergate Salad~ Thanks for sharing~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    8. Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
      Have a terrific weekend!

    9. I have a similar recipe, but it doesn’t call for cottage cheese…but after seeing this, I think cottage cheese would be the perfect addition – I bet the tastes go great together! Pinning this so I can try it!

      Thanks for linking up at Wordy Wednesday! 🙂