Jell-O Cookies {and PlayDough too!}

I mentioned that last week we had Vacation Bible School… (I think we’ve recuperated now. ;))

Well, all of us moms (okay, maybe some dad’s too…) pitch in to make cookies for snack time.  I’m not sure how many cookies we brought in as a group, but one count (I think) we had 150 dozen cookies! Woah!!! That is for some serious snack time, Fokes!!

I wanted to do something fun for the kiddos and I found this recipe at I {heart} Nap Time.

Jell-O Cookies!!!

How fun is that???

I changed up how Jamielyn made her cookies, just a bit.

The kid’s loved ‘em to say the least.

Jell-O Cookies

1½ cups salted butter softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 (3 oz) pkg jello You can use any flavors you want

 Preheat oven to 350°.

Beat butter in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla.

Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Divide dough into 4 sections. Add a packet of jello to each section.  Knead together with dough. You may want to add a few drops of food coloring to make the dough more vibrant.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in white sugar. Place, 2 inches apart, on parchment lined baking sheets. Slightly flatten with bottom of bowl or cup.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes on lined baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

To print this recipe click JellO Cookies.

This dough is so soft and velvety to work with. You can even use it as play dough.

Yes, You heard me right! Play Dough out of cookie dough, who knew, right?!

*I, however, did not play with the dough. Nor did I allow my children to play with the dough.

Okay, maybe just a little…

Okay, A LOt! This dough is so fun to squish through your fingers! You just can’t stop yourself!!!

Don’t worry. we washed our hands. (At least I did…) Mwahahaha! :D

You will notice my cookies are a little flat… That’s because I had to substitute ½ cup of the butter for margarine. (I ran out of butter!) Margarine makes for a flatter cookie. This did not affect the taste, not one iota!

Absolute fruity yumminess!!!

*(Just as a little side note… We, seriously, did not play with the dough we used for the cookies we brought to VBS. ‘Cause that would just be gross y’all!)

Enjoy your weekend, Peeps!

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Jell-O Cookies {and PlayDough too!} — 48 Comments

  1. Yummy! what fun! I will have to file this one away for something to pull out on gray winter days when everyone is bored!
    We used jello on grapes at our vbs – just mix the dry jello with wet grapes – YUMMM!

  2. These would definitely catch the attention of the kiddos. They would be adorable for a rainbow party. Thanks so much for sharing. I am your newest follower. Very pretty pictures, btw. Hope you’ll stop by Posed Perfection for a visit soon and maybe even a follow back. Have a great week!

  3. I made this same recipe last week! My husband picked up very similarly colored Jello, so the colors weren’t as spectacular, but I was really impressed with the flavor. Bake on!

  4. I remember making these in Girl Scouts 40 (cough) years ago. They were called Pastels then. Yummy. I have made them since also. I find that pineapple and grape jello do not make good cookies but strawberry and cherry are Great!

    • I’ve never tried the sugar free jellO, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work just the same. If you try it out, could you come back and let us know how you liked ‘em? Glad you stopped by! :)

  5. Has anyone tried sugarfree jello cookies… my family is all diabetic and would love to have something different for treats! T

    • Yes, if you plan to only use this as play dough and want to keep it around for awhile this is not the kind of play dough recipe you want. The idea is that you can play with this dough for a few minutes and then when you are done you can bake it into cookies. Hope this helps. So glad you stopped by! :)

  6. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember to roll them in white sugar. They turned out a tiny bit sour and I didn’t understand why until just now when I was looking at the recipe again. I made strawberry and orange. The strawberry were the best of the two. I frosted them with white jiffy frosting and sprinkled them with orange sugar to sweeten them up. I’m going to try to do it right next week maybe.

    • Hi Margie!
      Yes, you use 4 pks for the recipe. You can use all one flavor, or you can separate the dough into 4 equal sections and use a different flavor for each section. Hope this helps! So glad you stopped by! :)

  7. looking at the recipe and was wondering if you can make marbled cookies by blending two different colors. like say strawberry and berry blue or raspberry and orange.

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