Jello Cookies…Lemon, Orange, Lime and Raspberry. Rolled in sugar and then sprinkled with more chunky, colored sugar before baking. These are the sugariest of sugar cookies. Tangy, sweet, soft and yummy. Beautifully colorful and delightfully different from my usual favorites…anything with chocolate chips.
I got the recipe from a friend at least 30 years ago. I don’t know why I haven’t made them (for years!), I just haven’t. The kids got all opinionated about what they wanted and I got busy, so I started making less of the seasonal sorts and stuck with the stand-bys. Plus, there are all those others sweets that have been discovered/developed in the last few years and I started infusing them into the time used for making sweets. But sometimes it’s good to revisit those old favorites.
Jell-O Cookies (For a newly modified version of this cookie, check here!) The recipe is at the bottom of the post, but here’s the step-outs.
Pre-heat oven to 400°. Roll dough into 1″ to 1 1/4″ balls and then roll in a bowl with about 1/2 cup of granulated sugar in it, completely covering the exterior of the dough ball. Place on the pan about 2″ apart. Using a flat-bottomed glass (or bowl) press the dough to about a 3/8″ thickness.
Sprinkle the top with colored, chunky sugar. Mine all matched the different colors of dough, but you could contrast the colors if you like. Take the bowl (or flat-bottomed glass) and very lightly tap the chunky sugar into the cookie.
Bake the cookies for 6 – 8 minutes. Those 6 minutes are plenty long enough unless you like your cookies crisp! Cool on a rack. It takes about an hour, start to finish. If you get one batch in and start rolling the next, it will go fast enough that you can start working on the next flavor/color before you finish the first. Store in a air-tight container.
If you are feeling ambitious, you can shape these into more of an oval shape, then when you flatten them, they will look more like eggs.
Update 4/16/12. Something I forgot to tell you…if you think the color is a little too pale once the dough is done, add a little paste food color. I think I did for the orange and the lime. Someone made a comment about the bright colors and I thought, hmmmm….I think I forgot to mention about adding food color! It won’t affect the taste of the cookies, but the colors might change. This time, after making the dough, I thought to myself that they (the Jello company) may have reduced the color intensity of the powdered Jello. I don’t think I added color to the lemon or the raspberry, but it’s all up to whether you like the color of the dough or not. Don’t forget that the colored sugar will affect the final color of the cookies. Personally, I do like these cookies in brilliant shades!
Update 12/31/12 – Check out my Christmas Jell-O cookies here!