Monday, July 23, 2012

Another Pinterest Experiment - JELL-O Cookies

Ah Pinterest.

I have a love, hate relationship with Pinterest. Some days, it makes me feel quite inadequate.

Other days, it gives me something to try - and complete from start to finish.

My latest experiment - JELL-O Cookies left me with mixed reviews, but we had a lot of fun making them!

Basically it's a sugar cookies with a twist - JELL-O powder mixed in as the secret ingredient. It was fun to try the different flavors - Fruit Punch, Cherry Lemonade, Lime and Cherry were the choice ingredients for this batch (Grape and Orange were waiting in the wings, but will have to wait for round two.)

The remaining ingredients are simple.

Start with 1 cup of sugar and 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) of softened, salted butter.

Cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. (My grandma could do this step perfectly - I suspect she had more patience than her granddaughter.)

Then add the egg and vanilla. (I love pure vanilla!)

Another grandma tried and true thing - always crack the egg in a separate container. (I suspect it was because we grew up using farm-fresh eggs, but it also helps keep shell pieces out of your final product.)

Mix your flour and baking powder into a bowl. (Grandma would often sift the mixture for extra fluffiness.)

Add the flour mixture slowly - so it blends in well.

Divide the dough into four equal balls.

Add the desired JELL-O flavor to your dough. (FYI - It takes 2 Tbsp., per part, or 8 Tbsp. of JELL-O total. You could make all of the cookies the same flavor - just buy at least two to three boxes of your desired JELL-O.)

Mix until blended. Your hands will get stained, and you'll smell like JELL-O during this step, but at least it's fun!

Make your cookie balls, and roll in the left over JELL-O powder (this was the fruit punch JELL-O).

Put on the cookie sheet - at least two inches apart (these were still being moved around, for the picture). Press down with either a bowl - or in my case, I still have the juice glass that grandma used to press cookies (I love the design that bakes in!)

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees. I tend to bake closer to the 8 minutes, so they are chewy cookies. - FYI, we learned that baking stones and cookie sheets bake differently, so choose wisely!

Put on a baking rack to cool. The recipe said makes approx.two dozen cookies. My cookie scoop must be smaller than the suggested size, because it made at least three and a half dozen cookies. At least they were uniform!

Will I make them again - probably. I'm already thinking of another cookie recipe - Cake Mix Cookies - and wondering if I can use a white cake mix, and add in JELL-O for flavor and coloring.

Other than the cherry cookies, the coloring wasn't as vibrant as I expected it to be. I suspect this is why the original recipe suggested adding food coloring to "ramp" up the colors.

Cherry is a strong flavor. Fruit punch was a bit bland. But Lime and Cherry Lemonade was good!

The youth I made them for seemed to like them - so all in all, it's a three out of five recipe!


The Full Recipe!
JELL-O Cookies
Approx. 2 dozen, Prep: 20 mins, Cook: 10 mins, Ready In: 30 mins
3-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 cups salted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 (3 oz) pkg. JELL-O You can use any flavors you want

Beat butter in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla.

Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Divide dough into four sections. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp of JELL-O onto each section. Knead together with dough. You may want to add a few drops of food coloring to make the dough more vibrant.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in the extra JELL-O from the packets. Place, two inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of bowl.

Bake 8 to 10 min at 350 on lined baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

Source: The Pin & The Original Blog
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