I don’t know why it never occurred to me before: a dessert mix that is already super flavorful and colorful? Of course it would make for a wonderful cookie base. While perusing recipes on various blogs, I came across this recipe on The Farm Girl Recipes, and I was awakened to a whole new perspective on this spring and summer dessert favorite.
Adapted from TheFarmGirlRecipes.blogspot.com
3 cups all-purpose flower
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ cups salted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3 packages of jello (choose your favorite flavors)
To start, in a large mixing bowl and with a hand-mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar. Once the mix is light and fluffy, add your egg and mix again. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder.
Divide the sugar mix and the flour mix into thirds. Place one third of the sugar mix into a large mixing bowl. Add your first package of jello and mix well. At this point, you can add food coloring to pump up the color, but I didn’t find it necessary. Now, take one third of the flour mix and incorporate small portions at a time until mixed thoroughly.
Perform the same steps with the last two thirds of both the sugar mix and the last two thirds of the flour mix. Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll the colorful dough into 1-inch balls, and place on your cookie sheet approximately two inches apart. I don’t know what it is about the ingredients, but these cookies spread like crazy when baked—I suspect it’s the gelatin. For that reason, I used a cookie cutter to cut the cookies into a cute, flowery shape.
A friend of mine who is a teacher hosted an open house for the children and parents of her 3rd grade class. I baked these cookies, and wrapped them in sweet pearly-blue flower clasp boxes, closed with a vibrant hang tag in a contrasting warm yellow. Parents and kids loved the idea, and even asked for the recipe!
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