Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jell-O Flavored Sugar Cookies

Jell-O Flavored Sugar Cookies - super easy and fun to make! @whatchamakinnow


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My friend Julie had a birthday last week. I try to get a recipe request and bake something special for birthday peeps if possible. She requested these colorful Jell-O cookies. I was super excited with her choice because a) it was a new recipe so it was blog-able and b) it looked super fun to make.



I'm a firm believer that adults can have fun too and act like kids. The source of this recipe (I Heart Nap Time) referenced having your kids play with the dough like play-dough before baking. Kid-smid - I was all over letting out some of the days stress and mixing up the dough. Down right therapeutic. :)

I already want to make these cookies again, but maybe do some color mixing. Maybe tie-die cookies?

Jell-O Flavored Sugar Cookies - super easy and fun to make! @whatchamakinnow


The cookies themselves were delicious! They each had a little different fruity flavor that wasn't over-powering but enough that you knew the flavor. My favorite was the strawberry and orange, but really you can't go wrong in my book.

Jell-O Flavored Sugar Cookies - super easy and fun to make! @whatchamakinnow


Jell-O Flavored Sugar Cookies

3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 (3 oz) packages of Jell-O (Any flavor)
extra sugar for rolling
Wilton Color Gels for richer color (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix butter until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy (couple minutes). Add the egg and vanilla and mix.

Gradually add the flour mix to butter/sugar. You may need to use your hands to fully incorporate. Divide dough into 4 sections and place each section in a separate bowl.

Add 2 tablespoons of the Jell-o powder onto each section. Knead into the dough section. To deepen the color, add a few drops of food coloring or color gels.

Jell-O Flavored Sugar Cookies - super easy and fun to make! @whatchamakinnow

Once dough is fully colored and mixed, roll dough into an even rope. (I didn't need to flour the surface; dough was easy to work with.) Cut dough in half, then each section in half again, until dough is in all equal chunks.

Shape dough into balls, roll in sugar (or leftover Jell-O), place on baking sheet, and lightly flatten with bottom of cup.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Let sit on cooling rack for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies, 12 of each flavor.

Source: I Heart Nap Time

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18 comments:

  1. So bright and colorful...I bet your friend loved these!!!

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    1. She did! I'm glad I snagged a couple before I gave them to her too. haha

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  2. Hello! Super cool! The Grantster I could could definitely make these over spring break!

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    1. Do it! And let me know how it goes! I think mixing the colors would be a ton of fun for him. You could probably even do shapes using cookie cutters.

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  3. Yum! I'm a cookie monster and i will definitely be trying these. Look how pretty they are too, i love it. I hope your having a lovely Wednesday!

    Nikki
    www.TheCraftySideOfSarcasm.com

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  4. Thank you SO much for these! In case anyone is curious - they taste even better than they look. Sugar cookies in my favorite colors, how much better can it get? Thanks again for making these, it's the only way I'd ever get to taste them! :)

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    1. Anytime, Julie! :) Find some more fun things for me to make!

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  5. These are soooo pretttyyyyy and they look delicious, I wonder if I could cut shapes out of them ... hmmm

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I think you could do cookie cutters for sure! They do spread a little bit, so maybe make them a little thinner? Watch baking time because if thinning they will crisp up quicker.

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  6. How fun! What a cute and (I'm sure) delicious cookie :) Pinned! I'd love to have you come and share them at my link party today! Super Saturday Show & Tell http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com xoxo~ Ruthie

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  7. Mine didn't turn out as colorful as yours, but they are still a big hit in this house! :)

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    1. I'm glad they were a hit! Did you add any food coloring? My sister made them without food coloring and they were lighter in color too, I guess pastels for spring! :)

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  8. What a cute! Sorry the hell-o add is powder? Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks, Lily! Yes, it's the jell-o powder that you add to the cookie dough and then just mix it in.

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  9. Oh my gosh, why have I never thought to shape the dough like that! It looks way easier than scooping out one cookie at a time. These looks so yummy, I'm pinning them to try later!

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  10. Are these biscuits chewy or crunchy? They look delicious!

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  11. I just took the last dozen out of the oven, not only pretty but taste amazing!!!

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