Tuesday, March 6, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Jello Cookie Recipe

When my youngest daughter was born some friends of ours made us pink cookies. They were delicious. I had to have the recipe. Turns out the secret ingredient was Jello. It also turns out that you can use any flavor of Jello to get any color cookie you want! I prefer to make them with cherry Jello, but seeing as St. Patrick's Day is upon us, we decided to go with lime Jello and make some green cookies. These are pretty darn good, too :) Add some shamrock sprinkles and you've got one snazzy looking cookie. Here's the how-to...

  • 3/4 cup of margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3oz package of Jello gelatin (any flavor will do, but we used lime)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • sprinkles (optional)

Directions: (makes about 24 cookies)

1. Cream together your first five ingredients: margarine or butter, sugar, dry Jello powder, eggs, and vanilla.

2. Carefully add the remaining ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.

3. Grease and flour baking sheets or line with parchment paper.

4. Roll the dough into 1½" balls and place on the baking sheets. It helps to add a little flour to your hands before rolling.

5. Flatten each ball of dough in a crisscross pattern with a fork. Again, flour is your friend here... dip the fork in flour before pressing it into the dough.

6. Add sprinkles, if you like...

7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. They are done when you just start to see a light brown ring begin to creep up from the very bottom of the cookie. Move to a cooling rack and enjoy!

This is a great all-purpose recipe... you can change up the color and decorations to match any holiday or occasion. And Jello comes in so many flavors, there are lots of possibilities. Have fun with it!

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Unknown said...

Those look so yummy Gwen. How fun that you can switch up the colours. I imagine a rainbow of cookies on a platter!

PinkGranny said...

Wow...talk about a trip down memory lane! I am sure my mom or sister made these at home. They loved using Jello in recipes. These are yummy. I am going to make some for the office! Thanks for sharing Gwen!

chris said...

These look yummy! I know my kiddos would love to make them.

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Yum! Nice and light and easy. I love cookies that don't require frosting but still look (and taste) festive.
We may have to bust these out for spring!

Tasha said...

How fun!! We are totally going to make these. They look easy and yummy.

Michelle Paige said...

These look adorable and yummy! Would you be willing to link up your recipe to my Springtime Holiday Link Party? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Fun! Thanks for sharing this.

Unknown said...

How fun! I love anything that you can make in different colors and flavors. Adding these to our St. Pattys list!

Andi said...

I have heard of these Jello cookies but never tried them. Thanks for sharing the recipe, will be trying these in the near future!

Kristin @ Yellow Bliss Road said...

What a great way to add flavor AND color!

Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Sunday!

85Brenda said...

I’m planning the St. Patrick’s Day party for my daughter’s class. I can’t wait to make these..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags….so cute. It’s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Darcy said...

Yum! Looks like a great green project to try with the kiddo :)

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

I made these tonight and they were so tasty! Thanks for sharing!

Ashlee Marie said...

I haven't tried them yet, but I plan to, the jello in the cookies totally calls to me to experiment with! Thanks for linking up and I'm featuring them this week on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

Dominique said...

These are cool ! Do they have a more moist texture because of the jello ?

Tanya said...

I have a batch in the oven right now for our St. Patrick's Day playdate tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe.

Frvanilla44 said...

thank u for the recipe. will b makin' these for every holiday and change colors

Unknown said...

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