I love JELLO. Even more than I love JELLO, I love making things with JELLO, like this super easy Orange Easter JELLO Pastel Cookies Recipe from Kraft!
I started making this JELLO Pastel Cookies Recipe a few years ago for a Christmas party and now I just switch out the flavor of the JELLO depending on the holiday or event that I am baking for.
I had never tried using orange JELLO before, but after having a serious craving for a Creamsicle last night - and not having access to a Creamsicle - I decided to switch things up and see if I could make an orange cookie!
I have always loved this JELLO Pastel Cookies Recipe, but I have to tell you, adding orange JELLO just took it to a whole new level of deliciousness!
Of course I made cherry JELLO Pastel Cookies too, because what fun is Easter with out pink cookies?
Answer: Not much fun.
You can serve these up in cute little Easter dishes for your guests at Easter dinner!
Cherry and Orange Easter JELLO Pastel Cookies Recipe
Orange Easter JELLO Pastel Cookies Recipe
- 2 packages 4 servings each JELL-O gelatin mix
- 3 sticks butter softened
- 1 egg
- 3.5 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, or the stand of a kitchen mixer, beat butter until creamy and smooth. Add in sugar, vanilla and one package of the JELL-O and beat until light and fluffy. Add in baking soda and flour, beating at medium speed until you have a thick, crumbly dough.
Roll dough into one inch balls and slightly flatten with the bottom of a glass. Sprinkle the tops with the leftover JELL-O mix.
Bake for 6 minutes, or until edges begin to turn golden brown.
Remove to cooling racks, or a kitchen counter lined with parchment, to cool.
Substitutions: You can easily substitute sugar-free JELL-O mixes for the regular and the results will still come out fantastic. I have tried subsituting Splenda and other sweeteners in place of the sugar (I have a Type 2 Diabetic father) but they never seem to come out quite right!
You can also substitute coconut oil for the butter to make it a little healthier. Just don't use extra virgin coconut oil, as it will lend a coconut flavor to the cookies.