Want to feel like a kid again?
Ya, me too! And these Jello cookies will do the trick!
Brother Chef took a bite and said:
“When I saw these, I wanted to be a kid again. When I tasted them, I became one.”
That’s coming from an almost 23-year-old. But then he added that they could use some Sour Patch Kids. LOL. Go figure.
How many of you had an Easy Bake Oven when you were young? I will date myself by telling you that my Easy Bake Oven was GOLD (ah, the 70’s). They were soooo cool because they made double the size of cakes and it had a timer! Wow-sa. It was a must-have.
I wanted one so bad for Christmas. I ran into the living room Christmas morning looking for the size of a present that was close enough to the size of the Easy Bake Oven. My eye spotted the box immediately. Of course, I had to WAIT to open it. We took turns opening gifts in the round. I was sitting down, bouncing up and down on my haunches waiting for everyone to take their turn. It seemed like forever before it was my turn.
Finally! I held my breath with anticipation as I took the first swipe at ripping off the paper. There it was…my super duper harvest gold Easy Bake Oven. I was busy from then on out making cakes, cookies and the like…and I still haven’t outgrown making cookies!
Have your kids or grand kids help make these Jello cookies. Together, you can make memories that will last a lifetime. As you can guess, these Jello cookies have gelatin in them–any color or flavor you choose. Add more food coloring to make them incredibly vibrant! For an added boost, roll the cookies in chunky, colored sugar or in more gelatin.
What are your favorite kid memories?
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 package (3 ounces) Jell-O gelatin, flavor of choice (raspberry or strawberry are my favorite)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or lemon extract
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Food coloring (optional)
- Granulated sugar for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and gelatin until soft and creamy. Add eggs, vanilla or lemon extract and if desired, food coloring, and continue beating until smooth and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking powder and 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 or gelatin. Place balls 2-inches apart on baking sheet and flatten with the bottom of a bowl or cup to about 3/8-inch thickness.
- Bake for 6-8 minutes making sure not to overcook the cookies.
Recipe adapted from Just Helen [dot] net