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Easy Rhubarb Dessert Recipe With Jello

Rhubarb Desserts are a summer favorite. This Easy Rhubarb Dessert recipe with Cherry Jello is absolutely delicious and perfect for a smaller crowd.

Pan of Rhubarb Cherry Bar Dessert sitting on a barn wood backdrop beside stalks of fresh rhubarb nest to a pretty multi-color napkin.

Rhubarb Dessert Recipe can be served hot with a scoop of ice cream or cooled and cut into rhubarb bars. Regardless of what you do, it’s going to be delicious!

My sister and I grew up next to a neighbor that grew a lot of rhubarb. We used to pick it and dare each other to eat it raw.

I am puckering up just thinking about it.

It was very difficult to take a bite and act like it was no big deal. I don’t think either one of us pulled that one off. I can’t think of anything that rivals the tartness of rhubarb.

I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t like rhubarb. That’s just crazy talk in my opinion. If they’d just try this Cherry Rhubarb dessert, they’d change their mind.

When you sweeten and cook rhubarb such as in this easy rhubarb dessert recipe, it changes the flavor to a smooth sweet treat.

Another thing I love about this Cherry Rhubarb dessert is that it bakes in an 8×8 sized pan which is perfect for small get-togethers.

If you aren’t a cherry fan, strawberry jello is delicious too. The color it gives the fruit is amazing. Don’t you think?

Close up of a bright red Rhubarb dessert bar sitting on a metal plate in front of a multi-color napkin.

What is rhubarb anyway?

I wasn’t sure and actually discovered it depends on where you live!

According to the Huff Post, “rhubarb is technically a vegetable but is legally considered a fruit.

In 1947 a New York court declared rhubarb a fruit because it’s most often cooked as one in the United States (and, it’s said because it was a way to save businesses who imported these stalks from spending additional money on taxes).”

Rhubarb is Poisonous! – Kind of…

That’s what my son told me. He’s an engineer and brilliant in my opinion but he doesn’t know his rhubarb facts. Here are a few rhubarb facts:

  • The leaves of the rhubarb plant are poisonous. However, the stalks are not and can be eaten raw.
  • Color has no effect on the flavor of rhubarb. It can be light green, pink, or red.
  • Rhubarb freezes well. You can freeze it in stalks or chopped up. There isn’t any need to cook or blanche it beforehand.

Rhubarb is HEALTHY! – TRUE

According to the Natural Food Series, “Rhubarb health benefits include treating Alzheimer’s, fighting cancerous cells, promoting circulation, supporting weight loss, strengthening bones, promoting digestion, combating cardiovascular diseases, regulating blood sugar levels, maintaining kidney health, preventing early aging, and a good source of antioxidants.”

I’ve got to start eating more rhubarb! I wonder if I can call this Rhubarb Cherry Dessert recipe a healthy food! Probably not.

Pan with a missing piece shows the thick red rhubarb filling, pie crust bottom, and crumbled topping.

Rhubarb Bar Recipe Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Rhubarb
  • Baking powder
  • Egg
  • Milk
  • Jello
  • *Salt

Tip: Our friend Noreen added that 7 to 8 cups of rhubarb is about 2 pounds. So, we need about 1 pound for this recipe. Thank you, Noreen!

You may need:

  • 8×8 pan – I baked my dessert in an antique pan and buttered the heck out of it. I have this non-stick version which would have worked great!
  • Whisks – I love my whisks and have them in several sizes, shapes, and colors. I have a gadget obsession I guess and love these!

You may want to stock up on rhubarb for these delicious recipes!

We LOVE Dessert! You can find all of our dessert recipes here!

Pan of rhubarb dessert recipe with two pieces of raw rhubarb and a multi-colored napkin sit in the background over a wooden backdrop. The title \"Easy Rhubarb Dessert with Jello\" appears at the bottom of the photo.

NOTE: I wouldn’t use frozen rhubarb for this Easy Rhubarb Dessert. It tends to absorb a lot of liquid and you don’t want it to bake up with too much liquid.

If you do try using frozen rhubarb, thaw completely and let excess liquid drain.

If you like this recipe, we would appreciate your comment and a 5-star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review!

cake pan filled with bright red rhubarb dessert with a crumbled streusel topping surrounded by a multi-colored napkin and fresh rhubarb.
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4.77 from 21 votes

Easy Rhubarb Dessert Recipe with Jello

Cherry Rhubarb Dessert is an easy family favorite. It sits on a delicious crust and is topped with a buttery crumble.
Prep Time 20 d
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 2 mins
Servings 8
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 tbsp sugar heaping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/8 tsp Salt Add only if you use unsalted butter – just a pinch
  • 1 egg (large)
  • 1 tbsp milk you may need 1 more

Filling

  • 3 cups rhubarb (1 lb) sliced or chopped
  • 3 oz Jello small box cherry or strawberry

Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

    Instructions

    Crust

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 pan with shortening or butter.
    • Mix the crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of the pan.
    • Pour rhubarb over the crust and then sprinkle the jello over the rhubarb.
    • In a separate bowl mix the topping ingredients together and then crumble it over the rhubarb later.
    • Bake for 45-50 minutes

    Video

    Notes

    You can exchange strawberry jello for the cherry.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 375kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1.3mg
    This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
    Tried this recipe? That’s awesome!Mention @hostessatheart or tag #hostessatheart!

    Do you have a favorite Rhubarb Dessert? Please share it in the comments below. You are my inspiration!

    I’ve tried growing my own rhubarb at least 3 times and they just turn up their toes and croak. Any tips my green thumb friends?

    Recipe Rating




    Kathy

    Thursday 26th of August 2021

    I had a small window of time and had fresh rhubarb that needed to be used. So I tried your recipe and was a bit apprehensive about the jello. My rhubarb lovin hubby gave it a big thumbs up and his words were "I liked everything about it, except my piece wasn't big enough." Lol

    Julie Menghini

    Friday 27th of August 2021

    I loved that, Kathy! Thank you so much! I love rhubarb and get my hands on it every chance that I get.

    Donna Rhoads

    Monday 19th of July 2021

    this is a recipe i had and lost it ,it was called ( rhubarb jewel )

    Julie Menghini

    Tuesday 20th of July 2021

    Don't you just love that, Donna? I've got a few that my grandmother made that I'm always wishing I could find so totally get what you're saying. Rhubarb jewel is a name. It's such a pretty dessert.

    Rita

    Wednesday 7th of July 2021

    Is that 57 gms of carb per the whole pan or per serving? If per serving, how many servings do you figure you get..... 9ish out of the square pan? Looking forward to trying this. It looks simple and tasty!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 8th of July 2021

    I can get 8 to 9 servings and the carbs are per serving using 8 servings.

    Noreen

    Wednesday 30th of June 2021

    I added strawberries too. This is really good, easy to make. I would make a note that 2 lbs of rhubarb is equal to 7-8 cups. I had to look that up because I got the rhubarb in a sack from my brother-in~laws garden!!!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 1st of July 2021

    Thank you, Noreen! Such a great tip. I'll add it to my info and really appreciate your stopping to comment and trying this easy rhubarb dessert.

    Jeanne

    Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

    I am intending to make this for my contribution to lunch on Thursday. 24th I want to make with sugar free jello. Should I use the 6 oz or 3 oz pkg of sugar free jello? Think I will use cherry.

    I will try to let you know of my outcome. I hv Victoria Red rhubarb. Thanks for tip on planting rhubarb. Jeanne

    Julie Menghini

    Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

    Hi Jeanne! Use the 3 oz box and the sugar-free cherry will work great. I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks! Thanks for your comment. I'll clarify the recipe for our readers experience. ~ Julie