Some people love Jello gelatin. I'll admit, the gelatin is beautiful, transparent and unusual. But, it just wasn't a favorite in our house. Yes, in the past, I have made some recipes with Jello, like stained glass gelatin and poke cake. And, I haven't given up on Jello, it just hasn't been a favorite. I saw a recipe for Jello Cookies on the justhelen blog and I had to try them.
These cookies have a lovely flavor. They are sweet, colorful and fun. I made a double batch to bring to my art group and to my brother's family. There were plenty and we had lots for us too!
I modified justhelen's recipe a bit and was surprised at how much I liked the result!
3/4 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar + 1/2 cup more in a separate bowl
1 3 oz package of Jello - not sugar free
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Cream 1/2 cup butter and sugar. Then add jello and vanilla.
Beat in eggs thoroughly. Slowly add dry mixture.
Using a 1" ice cream scoop, scoop the dough into balls. Roll each ball in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar.
Place on a baking sheet. Repeat, setting each ball 1" apart .
When cookie sheet is full, flatten each cookie by pressing with a flat spatula (or glass).
Bake 7 minutes - just until the edges turn golden brown.
Let cool in cookie sheet 2 min, then move to wire rack to cool thoroughly.