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Jello Sugar Cookies

In my home, sugar cookies are usually baked  for special occasions...stars, trees and candy canes at Christmas and hearts for Valentine's Day.  But here's a simple sugar cookie recipe that the grands enjoy anytime of the year, one that requires no icing since the dough is coloured.  The jello makes a very pale pastel cookie; if you prefer a somewhat deeper colour, add food colouring.  An added bonus is the flavour of the jello.

  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1-1/2 cups  butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 packages Jello (4-serving size /any flavor), divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla 


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix flour and baking powder; set aside.
  3. Beat butter in large bowl with electric mixer until creamy.
  4. Add sugar and 1 pkg. of the dry gelatin, beating until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended after each addition.
  7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  8. Dip top half of each ball into reserved gelatin crystals.
  9. Place on ungreased baking sheets...crystal side up.
  10. Flatten with bottom of clean with a design if you want a pattern.  
  11. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until edges are lightly browned.
  12. Remove from baking sheets to wire racks.
*The featured cookies were made with peach jello.

 To make cut out cookies in any shape or form, use the same recipe and roll out the dough to about 1/4" thick.  Omit the gelatin crystals on top.  They make great 'cookiegrams' for any occasion!


  1. Oh these look like something I want to try and most especially if you bake them often.

  2. What an interesting recipe! Thanks!

  3. hi, i'm karin from argentina, yuor blog is beautiful, God blesses to you.

  4. These sound kind of fun to make. Might just have to try some.

  5. I love reading your blog everyday. Thank you for posting all these wonderful recipes.

  6. Those look like great fun! Thanks!

  7. I love the idea of flavored sugar cookies, but of course don't own all the extracts to make all the possible flavors. How cool: just use Jello instead!

  8. What a unique sugar cookie recipe! But I've got to know ... what's the "I'll eat my shirt" all about? :)

  9.'s the story behind the 'eat my shirt' cookie...

    and here...

  10. My grandmother used to make red and green jello spritz cookies every Christmas in her cookie platters. Thanks for reminding me.

  11. The cookies do look extra special, cannot wait to bake some. I wonder if the recipe will work in a cookie press?
    Thank you for sharing so many wonderful recipes.

  12. just made these this afternoon with strawberry jello. Shared them with the neighbours who were putting out their Christmas lights! These were a great success!


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