The bright (and not-so-bright) side of making Jell-O cookies


Jell-O and cookies are two super kid-friendly desserts, but what happens when you combine them?

A few weeks ago, a reader emailed about Jell-O cookies she’d seen in an Arizona newspaper that she thought me and my boys might like to try for a summer project. I picked up some Jell-O on a slow weekend day and we set out to try this somewhat weird combination.

The recipe is a simple sugar cookie recipe, but some of the sugar is replaced with the Jell-O. The original recipe said you could halve the recipe to make different colors, so that’s what I did, but I made the mistake of using the whole package of Jell-O in each. I was just trying not to waste half a pack of Jell-O, but looking back, I should have just tossed that extra 1 1/2 ounces because the resulting cookies — though cute — were too tart and sour to really enjoy. The cookies do need that extra 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and even the decorative sugar (or, in our case, Skittles) to sweeten the treats.

Otherwise, this was a fun cookie to make! The dough has a nice texture to it that’s easy to roll and cut with the cookie cutters. The bright red color of the cherry Jell-O was more eye-popping than the grape flavor, and even though we didn’t like that first batch (because of my error), I’m going to try again with the lime Jell-O, just to see how the green turns out. You can just use food coloring to brighten up your sugar cookie dough.

Jell-O Cookies

3/4 cup butter, slightly softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 (3-ounce) package Jell-O or flavored gelatin powder (not sugar-free)

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 1/2 cups flour, or slightly more if batter is too sticky

Food coloring, if desired for more color

In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and Jell-O until well blended. Add eggs, and cream well. Add salt, baking powder and flour, mixing well. Add food coloring if desired.

Scoop dough into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to harden. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out patterns. Sprinkle with decorative sugar.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place cookies on baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until done. Let cool on baking rack and then store in airtight container.

— Adapted from a recipe by Jan D’Atri



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