Jello Cookies

Want to feel like a kid again?

These Jello Cookies are all the rage! So bright and vibrant and incredibly easy to make--use any gelatin flavor of your choice.

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?

3.3 from 3 reviews
Jello Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 dozen
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 6-8 minutes making sure not to overcook the cookies.

Recipe adapted from Just Helen [dot] net

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Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. Margaret says:

    Can you make these cookies with sugar free jello?

    • Yes, you can make it with sugar free Jell-o. I haven’t tried it, but I’m pretty certain it would work.

  2. Rhea Patel says:

    How can I use a package sugar cookie mix to make these?

    • Hi Rhea. I haven’t used pre-made sugar cookie mix with this recipe before. So I apologize that I can’t answer your question.

  3. Hi, just like to know what kind of Flour, Plain or All-purpose? Thanks

  4. I have reminisced for years……no…..decades about the Jello cookies my mother would make at Christmas, but her recipe went to the grave with her. Now it’s Christmas Eve and here I go again. But now there’s this “Google” thing….the photo of your Jello cookies look just like Mom’s. Thanks!!! Take it to the bank…..I’m gonna whip some up…..too late for Christmas, but not for New Years Day when the Ohio State Buckeyes put it to the Crimson Tide. Thanks for the recipe! Merry Christmas!!!

  5. The jello cookies look pretty but they are not good. I was making them for a bake sale. I ended up making something else because I didn’t want to bring jello cookies.

    • Not sure what you did. These cookies are good. Especially the strawberry flavor recipe. I’d choose the Jello by flavor, not color; perhaps that’s what went wrong?

    • I wish I had read Tracy’s November 14th post before attempting this recipe with my daughter. We also made these for a bake sale and I’m torn. My daughter helped make them so she will be crushed if we don’t sell them… but they’re not good. Extremely pretty and the flavour is alright, but they are super dry (and no, I didn’t over bake them). If I were making them again, I’d use less flour and more butter. Having said that, it might not fix the problem which I strongly suspect might be due to the jello itself. In retrospect, I think a kool-aid pack might be a better option. Thank you for the clever idea but the recipe definitely needs adjustment.

      • Sorry to hear you didn’t like it. Some have expressed liking it and some not. I’m thinking it’s more of a preference.

  6. How many cookies does thi make? Do people prefer to use vanilla or lemon extract? What would be the best flavor of jello to use? Possibly doing a cookie exchange and will need a lot of cookies lol also are they soft cookies?

  7. Can I freeze or put rest of batter in fridge if not in use

    • I haven’t frozen it before, but I really don’t see why you can’t. I always freeze dough or leftover dough and I think you are safe to do this as well.

  8. I made these cookies for the first time….made lime, orange, strawberry and berry blue. The lime and orange were a bit too “tart” tasting for these grand-kids. I think it’s ‘cuz they do NOT eat jello here. (I thought all kids like jello!) The strawberry and berry blue were the favorites in this household. I added chocolate chips to half of EACH batch color just to try. They turned out delicious! Needless to say, the choc chip ones were eaten fast. I am putting berry blue chocolate chip cookies together today for them to take on a week-end trip. I absolutely LOVE this recipe. Thanks!

    • That’s great to hear Jan! I love the idea of adding chocolate chips. I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing your tip.

  9. Do these cookies come out soft?

  10. Is the gelatin necessary to the recipe? Or do you think a vegetarian alternative would work?

  11. I made the cookies two batches one strawberry & one lemon…I made them exactly the same but the lemon dough was really really stiff..while the strawberry was really soft…I put them in the oven at 350 & only left in 7 minutes & they burned black!! Had to throw them away I am waiting for the dough to chill & I am going to try it again :(

  12. Tabby Wintemute says:

    Making 4 flavors today. Having a food day at work next week and thought theirs would be so springy and fun. Considering all the cold and snow we’ve had. ;)

  13. I can’t believe I was craving COOKIES this soon after Christmas… But I just made a batch of these using the BERRY BLUE flavor JellO, and they are refreshing and delish!!! I’m envisioning lemon with a dusting of powdered sugar… Or raspberry or strawberry flavor with a quick crazy drizzle of melted dark chocolate?! Oh the possibilities!!

  14. Do you think this recipe would work in a cookie press?? Thanks for the help.

    • Hi Jenny, I think the dough is too thick to use in a cookie press, but it doesn’t hurt to try! Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Just made some raspberry jello cookies, and they turned out amazing! Great recipe, thanks for sharing. :)

  16. Could you roll this into a log, chill, then slice and bake?

  17. I have a Jello cake that I make each year and we’ve always called it Rainbow Cake. You need to bake two round white cakes, homemade or boxed both work. After the cake cools I put them back into the clean & dry cake pans & poke holes over the entire cake with a fork or large toothpick. I boil 2 cups of water & remove it from heat while pouring contents of one large Jello package in any flavor you like. After it is dissolved completely it is slowly poured over the cake, & I mean annoyingly slow. Using a different flavor of Jello repeat the same for the other cake round. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. When you are close to serving time put the cake pan into a warm water bath for about a minute to loosen up the Jello from the pan. Carefully transfer the cake to a serving dish. You can keep it as two seperate cakes or stack them after frosting the bottom cake with Cool Whip. Once the top cake is in place frost it with Cool Whip and serve right away. Leftovers will remain between 2-4 days depending on how you store it. I’ve never had a cake remain in the house for more than 2 days. It brings back memories of being a kid, and I love that my children have it to bring back memories for them when someday they make it for their own children. Thank you for the cookie recipe, and I can’t wait to make them.

  18. Hi i found you on pinterest and my daughter and I just finished making these and they were soooo good, she loved them. Thanks for the recipe!

    • You are soooo welcome Erica! Thank YOU for stopping by and taking the time to give me and Bakerette’s readers your feedback.

  19. Awesome recipes. Great for summer and back to school lunches :)

  20. Crystal Mackey Buchanan Suggs says:

    Thank you for all your great tidbits, recipes and offers plus stories too…added bonus! 2 years ago I too got to take a trip to Lancaster and it was just like you said and I loved it as well. I’m ready to go back and stay longer.

  21. I can’t wait until my grandkids are old enough to make these! How fun! Deb @

  22. I just know my son would love these! (actually, I probably would too!) I never did end up with an Easy Bake Oven as a little girl, but oh how I wanted one.

    • LOL Holly. I don’t think you missed out on anything by not having an Easy Bake Oven. Thanks for your comment.

  23. Evelyn R says:

    I remember making dozens of Jello cookies with my grandmother. She used a cookie press so the cookie were in a pretty flower shape and I sprinkled just a little bit of Jello on top before baking. Thanks for the great memories!

    • Great idea Evelyn about the cookie press! Grandmas are great, aren’t they? I’m lucky to still have my grandma alive. She’s 95. Sure love her.

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