Posted by: Erica Retrochef | October 6, 2008

Orange Velvet Pie without the headache

Want to try an Orange Velvet Pie, but don’t have an OSTERIZER or reasonable blender substitute? Try this substitute from the Back of the Box Recipe site

Cool ‘n Easy Pie

2/3 cup boiling water
1 package (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin Desert, any flavor
1/2 cup cold water
Ice cubes
1 tub (9 ounces) Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
1 prepared graham cracker crumb crust (6 ounces)
Assorted fruit (optional)

Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice to make 1 1/4 cups. Add to gelatin, stirring until slightly thickened. Remove any remaining ice.

Stir in whipped topping with wire whisk until smooth. Refrigerate 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture is very thick and will mound. Spoon unto crust.

Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Just before serving, garnish with fruit, if desired.

This recipe created by Kraft Foods.

No OSTERIZER needed, just a good ol’ fashioned wire whisk!

While it definitely lacks the complexity and depth of flavor that the Orange Velvet Pie had, the saved time makes up for it (and some fruit on top — or even mixed in before the gelatin sets — would make up for the bland flavoring). Orange Velvet Pie was never going to be a gourmet treat; it’s more something you’d take to the neighborhood potluck… and who wants to spend an hour fiddling with a dozen ingredients for that? Jell-O and Cool Whip are good enough for those people.



  1. I grew up on recipes that involved lots of Jell-O and Cool Whip (and the premade graham cracker crusts, natch.) In a crust = pie, outside of a crust, no matter how sweet and sugary, that dish = “salad.”

  2. We made this, but with a homemade crust and real whipped cream. With lime jello, it could have tasted like key lime pie. It tasted more like lime jello in a graham cracker crust. The fancy velvet pie was better, probably in large part because it had a more “real” orange flavor, but this was good enough for a quick dessert.

  3. Hahah! My mother just gave me her 1970’s OSTERIZER!
    I am dangerous now.

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