Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jell-o Cookies

One week until Christmas! Are you ready yet? I am not, but like it or not, I have to be. The kids and I are heading to my parents house in Northern Ontario, and Hubby will meet us there, closer to Christmas. Today is Mr.B's class Christmas party, while Queenie had hers yesterday. I made up some super cute Grinch Kabobs for Queenie's class, while I went in a more sweet direction for Mr.B's class with cookies.

I didn't want to be baking all night, so I racked my brain thinking of simple cookie recipes, that used ingredients I already had in the house. Hubby is working odd hours this week, so I've been without a vehicle and unable to get to the store. I remembered seeing cookies, made with Jello, quite a ways back, so I Googled the recipe.

I decided to go with this one, but had to add a touch of water, since my mixture was very dry. That's the thing with the humidity in the air. Some days recipes work perfectly as written, while other days they are too dry, or need more flour. I would have loved a vibrant red colour, but didn't want to add a ton of extra food colouring to the dough. I did find that adding the coloring to the butter mixture, before adding the flour, was simpler than adding more colouring, once the flour was incorporated. These cookies are crisp on the outside, and chewy on the inside. I love that!! I used strawberry jello, and the flavour is awesome. I love that these cookies could suit just about any holiday, depending on what colour of Jello is used.

Jell-o Cookies
adapted from Bakerette.com

3/4 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1 pkg (3 ounces) Jell-O gelatin, flavor of choice (I used strawberry)
1 large egg
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
Food coloring (optional)
1/3 C sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a bowl beat together butter, 1/2 C sugar and jello until soft and creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and food coloring,if desired; continue beating until smooth and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking powder. Gradually add to the wet ingredients beating well after each addition. The dough will be very soft but not sticky.

Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and then roll in granulated sugar. Place balls baking sheet and flatten with the bottom of a bowl or cup to about 3/8-inch thickness.

Bake for 6 minutes; until bottoms just begin to brown.

Notes: my mixture was very dry, so I added 2 Tbs of water.

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Chaya said...

The idea of the jello for color and flavor is genius.

Katherines Corner said...

What a fun idea, Santa will surely like them. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very Merry Christmas♥

Miz Helen said...

Hi Cindy,
I just love your Jello Cookies, perfect for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very Merry Christmas!
Miz Helen