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Jello cookies are quick and easy to make and the perfect cookies to make bake with kids. They only need 4 simple ingredients plus jello mix.
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  1. Jello Sugar Cookies - Double Duty Dough
  2. Why We Love This Jello Cookies Recipe
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
  6. How to Make Jell-O Cookies
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Cookie Recipes
  11. Jello cookies Recipe

These bright and colorful Jello Cookies are quick and easy to make using only 4 simple ingredients plus jello mix. This recipe is perfect for baking with kids because it is practically foolproof and is a fun way to bake deliciously soft and sweet sugar cookies that can be customized according to their favorite color-flavor combinations.

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Jello Sugar Cookies – Double Duty Dough

When my kids were little, I was always searching for fun activities to keep them occupied and treats that we could make together. If you too are looking to spend time with kids in the kitchen, this recipe is so much more than simply baking jello cookies; it’s the perfect pastime for little fingers to make their own creative edible creations. Why? Because the dough serves a dual purpose–it makes the easiest, yet tastiest cookies AND it doubles as homemade playdough! 

Just like the original playdough, I love that the texture of this sugar cookie dough is soft and squishy and the colors can be made into so many bright shades. Using only a bag of cookie mix, some butter, and an egg, kids will have fun making their own jello-flavored cookie combinations while squashing and mushing the dough into delicious handmade moldable masterpieces.

To me, this is the best nostalgia baked inside a cookie!

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Why We Love This Jello Cookies Recipe

  • Quick and super easy to make–you almost can’t mess this one up!
  • Uses only 4 ingredients plus jello mix.
  • Fun recipe to make with kids.
  • Soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe.
  • Kids will love the bright colors and fun flavor combinations.
  • Perfectly portable to take to a potluck or a holiday party.
  • Easy to customize the colors for Valentine’s Day, Easter, baby showers, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or any other special occasion.
stacked jello cookies

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Snickerdoodle cookie mix: You can use a sugar cookie mix, but then make sure to use softened butter, not melted.
  • Salted butter: You can use unsalted butter but I recommend adding a pinch of salt to the mix if you do.
  • Egg
  • Red flavored gelatin powder (Jell-O)
  • Blue flavored gelatin powder (Jell-O)
  • Green flavored gelatin powder (Jell-O)
  • Yellow flavored gelatin powder (Jell-O)
  • Granulated white sugar
jello cookies on a plate

Substitutions and Additions

  • Color Combinations: If you can’t find or don’t want to use 4 different colors/flavors, you can just use more or less of the others. Add 1 ½ additional Tablespoons of gelatin powder to the dough for each color you omit. For example, if you prefer only 2 colors, use 6 Tablespoons of powder per bowl when you mix it into the dough. For 3 colors, use 4 ½ Tablespoons of powder per bowl of dough.
  • Cutout Cookies: This jello cookie dough is great for making fun shaped cookies with cookie cutters. Simply prepare the cookie dough as instructed. Instead of rolling into balls and baking, form the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Chill the dough into the fridge for about 2 hours and then roll the chilled dough out on a lightly floured surface or between two sheets of parchment paper. Use cookie cutters to cut out your favorite shapes.
  • Mix-Ins: Since the jello adds so much flavor and color to the cookies, you honestly don’t to add anything to the dough. But if you want to mix in some extra treats, feel free to use M&Ms, chocolate chips, peppermint, caramel, peanut butter cups, or your favorite candy.
  • Jell-O Mix: You can use sugar-free jello mix if preferred.
  • Glass mixing bowls
  • Measuring tools
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • 2-inch Cookie scoop

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How to Make Jell-O Cookies

This recipe is so easy to make using Jell-O and 4 simple ingredients. These bright and colorful cookies are fun to bake with kids and add instant pleasure to any plate!

  1. Mix together the cookie mix, butter, and egg. Separate the cookie dough into four bowls.
    separate dough into 4 bowls
  2. Knead a different color gelatin powder into each portion of cookie dough.
    Pro Tip: I find it easiest to use my hands to knead the dough with the gelatin.
    knead different gelatin powder with the cookie dough
  3. Scoop cookies and roll them into balls. Roll each ball of cookie dough into sugar until completely covered.
    Scoop cookies and roll them into balls
  4. Place each ball of cookie dough on parchment lined sheet pan.
    Pro-Tip: For an even sweeter cookie, you can roll the cookie dough balls into the extra jello powder prior to baking.
    Place cookie dough on parchment lined sheet pan
  5. Bake, cool, plate, and enjoy!
    Pro-Tip: Bake the cookies until the bottoms are just barely golden and the tops are firm to the touch.
    baked jello cookies

Tips

  • Bake the cookies until the bottoms are just barely golden and the tops are firm to the touch.
  • You can use sugar-free jello mix if preferred.
  • For an even sweeter cookie, you can roll the cookie dough balls into the extra jello powder prior to baking.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Completely cool your baked cookies and freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I store my Jello Cookies?

These cookies store well at room temperature, in an airtight container, for 3-5 days. After they are completely cooled, you can freeze them in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Can my kids help with the Jello Cookies?

Jello Cookies are a great recipe for kids to help in the kitchen! Since there are no sharp tools used, they can help with almost all of the steps, however, they should stay away from the oven! Kids will love to mix up the dough and knead in the gelatin powder. The dough becomes similar to playdoh once it has the gelatin in it, which makes it perfect for little fingers. They can roll it into balls, roll it in the sugar and place it on the baking sheet as well. This is a great parent-child activity with delicious results!

What do I do with the cinnamon sugar packet from the cookie mix?

You do not need the cinnamon sugar packet for this recipe but there are several other ways that you can use it if you don’t want to throw it away! Sprinkle it on buttered toast for a sweet snack, use it on pancakes or french toast, sprinkle it on your fresh fruit or use it in a baked fruit dessert, roll homemade doughnuts in it, fry up some flour tortilla strips and cover them in the cinnamon sugar for a crunchy dessert, or mix it into your morning oatmeal.

What if I only want 1 color cookie? How much Jello should I use?

If you want to make just one color (like pink or blue for a baby shower), you will use the whole box of Jello (The 3.4 ounce smaller box).

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Jello cookies

Serves — 32
Jello cookies are quick and easy to make and the perfect cookies to make bake with kids. They only need 4 simple ingredients plus jello mix.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 17.5 ounce bag snickerdoodle cookie mix (you will not be using the cinnamon-sugar package for this recipe)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp red flavored gelatin powder (about ½ of a 3 ounce package)
  • 3 tbsp blue flavored gelatin powder (about ½ of a 3 ounce package)
  • 3 tbsp green flavored gelatin powder (about ½ of a 3 ounce package)
  • 3 tbsp yellow flavored gelatin powder (about ½ of a 3 ounce package)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a sheet pan by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the cookie mix, melted butter, and egg until fully combined.
  • Separate the cookie dough evenly into four small mixing bowls.
  • To each bowl, knead in 3 Tablespoons of each color of flavored gelatin. You should have four different colored doughs when you finish. (I found it was easier to use my hands for this part)
  • Place the sugar in a shallow bowl, you will be rolling your cookies in it as you prepare them.
  • Scoop out the cookies using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop and roll them into balls. Roll them in the sugar until completely covered.
  • Place the balls on the prepared sheet pan with 2 inches between each cookie. Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes or until the tops of the cookies get firm to the touch. You may begin to see a golden color on the tops of the cookies, if so take them out so that they don’t overcook.
  • Let cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes and enjoy warm or cooled!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage :
  • To Store: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Completely cool your baked cookies and freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Tips:
  • Bake the cookies until the bottoms are just barely golden and the tops are firm to the touch.
  • You can use sugar-free jello mix if preferred.
  • For an even sweeter cookie, you can roll the cookie dough balls into the extra jello powder prior to baking.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Looks good but for me I will use a regular snickerdoodle cookie recipe instead of a package mix… should be no difference really… thank you for the recipe

    1. If there is no difference, why are you going to the extra trouble?
      I really dislike when someone shares a recipe and people say, well I’m gonna do it my way. It’s such an insult! Just keep it to yourself please!!

  2. The flavor or theses cookies are wonderful! But I do have a question, the cookies came out flat & hard. They are definitely not a soft chewy cookie. Any suggestions!!

    1. Did you roll them in a ball on the cookie sheet? Next time, maybe bake them a few minutes less. All ovens cook differently so they may not need as much time in your oven. You could also slightly turn down the temp.

    2. 1 star
      ♦•♦ Linda Says… hard flat cookies…

      It could be several different things…
      01) You could have over kneaded the dough
      02) Old eggs
      03) Small eggs, try adding either part of another one, or add an extra one
      04) As Jenn said: possibly use less time and try turning the heat down a little bit

      FYI: I’m definitely NOT a cooking expert, but this is what comes to my mind…

      Hope that something this or Jenn’s helps you, Best of Luck !!!
      Todd

      1. 5 stars
        Sorry, I didn’t mean to leave a one-star for a reading on this recipe as I have not tried it and it sounds wonderful…

        If I could change that one star I definitely would…

  3. I’m planning to make these this weekend, and with supply chain issues, I am having trouble finding the snickerdoodle mix. Can I use a bag of sugar cookie mix in its place?

  4. I used sugar cookie dough, left it out so the dough was soft added the melted butter an egg and it became like soup, it’s in the fridge but doesn’t look great should I add another tube of sugar cookie dough or start all over, it obviously is all harden being in the fridge, but open for suggestions, thanks

    1. When using sugar cookie dough you have to use softened butter not melted butter. You can soften the butter in the microwave for about 10 seconds

  5. How in the world did you get the color so bright? Most jello mixes I bought the powder was white and did not dye the cookie batter!

    1. The lemon and lime jello powder was white until I started mixing it with the dough. Then it did turn into its color. For the lemon I did add an extra tablespoon of the powder. I also used the store brand jello

  6. I just made these and they turned out flatter then a pancake!, I usually don’t melt the butter, but I did because recipe called for it. Maybe that was my problem.

  7. I just found you by going through the jello recipes wii try all recipes as soon as I can I think you are a great woman with out knowing you in person happiness and great life to you and your family

  8. Can you use a sugar cookie mix? Or is there something special about the snickerdoodle recipe that makes it preferred.