Monday, January 12, 2015

Jell-o Cookies

Mom made these all the time for us kids when we were growing up. Since this isn't her exact recipe, I didn't think it right to call it "Mom's Jell-o Cookies" but these are quite similar, and are quite delicious indeed! You can use any flavor of Jell-o you'd like, but I strongly advise against using sugar free varieties. It just doesn't work out well. At the time that I was working on this post it was just before Thanksgiving, so I used cranberry flavored. Other tasty flavors to use are cherry, strawberry or orange.

3/4 c butter or margarine
1/2 c sugar
1 small (3oz) package Jell-o
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 c all purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
In a large bowl place softened butter, sugar and Jell-o. Cream together with a pastry blender or mixer.  

Add eggs and vanilla and stir to combine. 

Mix in salt and baking powder. Stir in flour, a little at a time. When dough becomes too stuff to stir, knead it with your hands until all the flour is incorporated.

Roll into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Keep a small amount of flour on hand in a bowl. 

Using a fork, smash down the cookies, making a cross hatch pattern, and dipping your fork in the flour before each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are set and bottoms are golden brown. 

Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.