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Eagles Game Day Treats: Boozy Apple Pie Jello

This is the essence of autumn, only with alcohol.

Liz Roscher

I'm back with more alcoholic game day treats, after a mishap with my crockpot a few weeks ago. (You don't want to know.) This recipe is dead simple, and it doesn't require a crockpot. All you need is a stove, and a desire to wow your friends while also getting them drunk.

Anyone can pour a drink in a glass. But with this treat, you can bring your game day imbibing to a whole new level.

Boozy Mini Apple Pies (Adapted from this great Jello Mold Mistress recipe)


3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 1/2 cups unsweetened/all natural apple juice (You don't want the clear stuff with the added vitamin C, AKA ascorbic acid. All natural, from concentrate, it'll be a little cloudier and darker than the apple juice you're used to.) (You can also try using apple cider for this recipe.)
3/4 cups sugar
1 Pinch cinnamon
3/4 cups vodka (Quality is up to you. I won't tell you what kind I used out of shame.)
6 mini graham cracker crusts (They're in the baking aisle by the pudding and jello, usually right next to the normal sized graham cracker crusts. The original recipe calls for mini tart shells, which can be really hard to find. This is the perfect substitute.)
Whipped cream


1. Add the apple juice to a saucepan and sprinkle all three envelopes of gelatin on top. Let this sit for two minutes so the gelatin can bloom. Then, put the mixture over medium heat and whisk the fluffy gelatin into the apple juice until it's dissolved. Whisk periodically until the apple juice begins to boil.

2. When it begins to boil, add the sugar and a pinch of cinnamon. (The original recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon, which I found to be way too much, but YMMV.) Whisk until dissolved, then remove the pot from the heat. Let it sit until it's room temperature. This is important because you're about to add the alcohol.

3. Hey, now you can add the alcohol! Add it to the mixture, stir, and you're nearly finished. Now it needs to set until it's a solid-ish goo texture. Put the saucepan into the fridge, an you'll want to set your iPhone timer for this one -- check it every five minutes by giving it a stir, and pay attention! This stuff will set up really quickly in the fridge, and if you miss the goo stage, you'll be mildly annoyed. It won't ruin the dessert, but it won't look as visually appealing.

4. Once the jello is in the spoonable goo stage, get out the tiny graham cracker crusts. Spoon the jello into the little crusts, and don't be stingy. Fill them right up to the top and let them set up in the fridge for a few hours. Then, add some whipped cream to the top, grab a spoon, and voila! Tasty boozy game day desserts to be loved by all your friends. You will have some extra, which you can pour into a bowl for a snack later on.

This is super easy to do. It took me maybe an hour, and I was also watching baseball, reading twitter, and cleaning my living room at the same time.

I won't be able to watch the game today. I live in Connecticut, so my Fox affiliate will be showing the Falcons-Giants game. I'll be watching the Eagles in spirit, though. Excitable, vengeful spirit.

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