A recent deal at Meijer has resulted in a rather large stockpile of Jello... and we don't really eat a lot of Jello around here. We don't really dislike it, but I happen to think it's a lame excuse for dessert. I mean, really now... cookie, brownie, ice cream, or Jello? Who picks Jello???
So I set out in search of recipes involving Jello. Namely, recipes that were not for Jello salad. (If any of you have fabulous Jello salad recipes, feel free to share! But if it involves celery, let me just tell you up front... I'll pass, thanks.)
The internet, being the wonderful time-sucker that it is, turned up all sorts of ideas. I decided to try my hand (and four little hands too!) at Jello cookies. I believe I found the original recipe at Recipezaar, but I've tweaked it so much that my recipe no longer closely resembles it. Here's how I make them:
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for coating
1 (4-serving) package Jello, any flavor (note: I don't really think sugar-free would turn out, but if you try it-- let me know!)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
- Cream butter, sugar, jello, and eggs.
- Add remaining ingredients with the flour going in last.
- Mix well.
- Roll dough into one inch balls and roll in white granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet.
- Flatten each ball with the bottom of a glass.
- Bake 6-8 minutes at 350 degrees.
These cookies are loads of fun to make! The first batch we made was strawberry (chosen by my 3-year old son) and he and his 2-year old sister watched in awe when I added the Jello powder and the dough turned bright pink. That batch looked pretty, and kiddos and hubby were all fans. I thought they were just okay. The next batch, shown below, were made with lemon Jello. This produced a zingy, delicate flavored cookie with little "color" to it. These taste like a tender sugar cookie with a light lemon flavor. Yum!
See what great ideas others are coming up with at Kitchen Tip Tuesday hosted by Tammy's Recipes!