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As the weather gets hotter in AZ we have to come up with more and more activities to do inside. I saw these jello cookies and knew they would be perfect for me and my son to make. Carson had SO much fun helping me with these. It was one of our favorite activities together. He keeps begging to make the “jeylo playdough and cookies!”

Make jello cookies and jello playdough with this yummy recipe!


homemade playdough

The nice thing about this recipe is you can turn it into homemade playdough. Wash the kids hands (and counter of course) and then let the kids imaginations go wild!

jello playdough

Carson had so much fun smashing the dough and building BIG towers with all the colors.

sugar cookies

Once he was tired of playing with the dough we rolled them into balls and dipped them in the jello sugar.

colored cookies

Don’t these cookies scream SUMMER?! I love all the bright colors! It was fun to taste all the different flavors too!

summer cookies

To get the flower look just smash them down with the bottom of a bowl. :)

Jello cookies & jello playdough!


  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 cups salted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 (3 oz) pkg jello You can use any flavors you want


  1. 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.
  2. Divide dough into 4 sections. Sprinkle 2 Tb of jello onto each section. Knead together with dough. You may want to add a few drops of food coloring to make the dough more vibrant.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in the extra jello from the packets. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of bowl.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 min at 350 on lined baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

jello cookies

The kids sure enjoyed these jello cookies! I let them each have one for being such great helpers. ;)

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159 Responses to “Jello cookies & jello play dough!”

  1. Julie

    Thanks for the recipe-now I know what to do with all those boxes of Jello that I forget to use in the cupboards!

  2. Jessica

    Oh I LOVE this idea! My boys are going to love playing with it and then eating the cookies. Thanks for sharing, and those colors are so bright and fun!

  3. Beth

    Your recipe asks for sugar to be added to softened butter but its not listed on your ingredients.. how much sugar?

    • angela

      I can’t find it either, did you ever find out how much sugar you need?

    • Angie

      I also notice that when you print the recipe there is no sugar listed. But when I reread over the recipe on the blog, it lists 1 cup sugar :) Hope that is right…my kids and I are trying them out right now!

  4. Laurie@TheBakingBookworm

    Those cookies are so cute. I could see making them in the summer or for a baby shower. I also love using Jell-O powder as a way to tint icing.

  5. Kristyn

    I know my kids would LOVE these!! Great job, girl! That top pic is gorgeous, too!! :D

  6. Liz C

    Beautiful cookies! I think my Mr. C would like to help me make these too! I also didn’t see how much sugar the recipe calls for. Thanks!

  7. Vanessa

    I love how bright these are! And they look so delish. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  8. June

    I could not find the jello cookie recipe on this page. They look so beautiful and delicious. Help!

  9. Barbara

    I can’t find the recipe either. They look very fun and would like to make them. I’m thinking I am blind or something!

  10. Karri Reiser

    These look absolutely delicious. I’m looking forward to trying them out, they will be perfect for a Summer Kickoff picnic I’m going to.

  11. Heather

    These look so fun, I love the bright colors! and it looks like your son had a ton of fun helping! Thank you for the idea!

  12. Megan

    I love these cookies and am hoping to make them tomorrow for a barbeque! How did you get the colors so bright and cheerful? Was it the flavors you used? Did you split the dough into four sections to color them individually? Thanks!!!

  13. Patty @ My Craft Spotlight

    Oh Yummy!! I’ll have a happy kiddo at home if I make these! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  14. Miranda

    these so fun!! any idea how they would turn out using rice flour? just recently found out our 3 yr old has a wheat allergy

  15. Miranda

    too cute, any idea if these would turn out ok using rice flour, in the same amount i guess? just found out our 3 yr old has a wheat allergy

    • Janet Davies

      My Mother has been making Jelly Biscuits like this for the last 40 years. They are very common in New Zealand. :) We put some of the jelly in the icing for the top of the biscuits.

  16. Tera

    Loved these! Thank you for sharing! We made them tonight for pur son’s carnival themed birthday. My blue isnt as bright as yours, although it’s perfect for this occassion. Care to share what you used to color them? I used Boss gels. Thanks again!

    be blessed!


  17. shelley wyatt

    Did you use regular jello? Have you ever tried sugar free? My daughter is diabetic.

  18. Ami w/AliLily

    GAH!!! Jaime! These are so great! I saw them on Whipperberry and just had to come take a closer look. I know my sweetie lil princess would just LOVE to help me make these!! Your lil girl is looking so precious and big!

  19. Dianne Unterbrink

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! So very generous of you and I love how bright the colors are. My grand-daughter is getting to the age of play-dough play and she also loves to “help” bake/cook. This is perfect for our next visit with her. She will have fun, nannie will love seeing her having fun, and eating the cookies will be extra fun.
    Since she is gluten intolerant, I have to use gluten free flour in everything we make for her. I have found that Williams Sonoma has a blend called “C4C” which stands for cup for cup. It is by far the best blend I’ve found and it works well in every recipe I’ve used it in. Just like real flour – just substitute like regular flour, and every recipe becomes gluten-free. Just thought other moms might like that info. Since you shared with me…
    Hope these taste as good as they look! They sure will be fun to make.

  20. Kristy

    Ooooh these look awesome~ I’m always looking for fun new cookie recipes. The fact that the kiddos can play with it while in progress is a bonus ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

  21. Natalia

    If I hadn’t just come home from having gallbladder surgery, I would be heading to my kitchen to make these right now. They look so good!

  22. Shawna Johnsen

    Yum! Just made these (had some boxes of Jello just up in the cabinet) and turned out great! Thanks!

  23. victoria

    After finding 12 boxes of jello in the pantry while organizing this weekend, this is going to be perfect!! :)

  24. LeAnna

    I made these cookies for Mother’s Day, and instead of using a bowl to flatten the cookies, I used a glass with a pretty bottom that looked kind of like a flower. They were a big hit. Thank you for sharing!

    • Kim

      How did they taste? I’m curious as I’m thinking of making these in blue, green, red and yellow for a holiday cookie exchange. Thanks!

  25. Maureen

    The above text for ingredients and instructions for the Jell-o Cookies is too difficult to read – aaargh! The lines are not spaced but instead are slightly on top of each other. I have tried three different people’s links and they are all the same. I would like to Pin to a board. Can you fix from your end?

  26. Hippie Mama Kelly

    I have these in my oven right now! I made fruit punch, watermelon, peach, and berry blue. I haded just a drop of gel food coloring to enhance the colors. My only question is what did you do with the remaining jello? Just throw it away? Or did you use it for something else?

    • Amanda

      I saved my jello in snack size ziplock bags. I figure I will make these again soon and it seemed like such a waste to through all that jello out.

  27. urbanflowerpot

    I’m making these today – so excited! Thanks for the recipe – I make Jello molds a lot so this will be something different for me :)

  28. Erin

    I’m featuring your cookies over at Taking Time To Create tomorrow. I’d love it if you stopped by. :-)

  29. Kelli Fears

    Thank you for this great idea, it’s going to keep us busy on this quiet Sunday afternoon.

  30. erin

    Are you sure you didn;t leave something out of this recipe? I even added more jello than called for and the flavor is dull and not sweet at all. Disappointed!

  31. Michelle

    Do you happen to know the nutritional information for these cookies? I would like to make them, but I need to keep track of the carbs that are in our foods.

  32. Jude

    Hi Jamielyn,
    I’m in Melbourne, Australia, these biscuits are genius! made them with my 4 and 2 yr olds and they LOVED playing with the dough and then rolling the balls in the jelly crystals….. such a fab idea!! Love your site!!!

  33. Shawna Giesbrecht

    Hey there, Im wanting to make these for my daughters birthday party but wondering if you have ever made them ahead and froze them? Please let me know! Thanks so much!

  34. Amanda

    I made these tonight and they are super yummy! The only problem I had was my dough was a little dry, so when I was kneading in the jello I added a teaspoon or so of water. They turned out really pretty and tasty!

  35. Megan F

    Really fun recipe! The only caution I’d provide is for purple lovers- don’t try grape Jell-O! The sugar is colorless and the cookies just have a grayish tint to them. Not really appetizing. If you stick to the color choices above you’ll be golden. :-)

  36. Jelli

    These are so pretty and look like a ton of fun to make. Just saved the recipe. I can’t wait to try it out to welcome summer!

  37. Natalie

    Hi there, lovely cookies! We don’t tend to get Jello in the UK. We get block jelly, gelatine based wobbly stuff that you break up and melt with water, rather than the powdered stuff. Do you have any idea how these cookies would be different with jelly cubes instead of jello granules?

  38. Grandma Patty Ann

    I love your blog. The colors are so refreshing and the ideas that are here make me want to have more children. I am thinking it would be easier to move closer to my grand children! I do wish I had this to help raise my kids. We would have had so much fun! Love, Patty

  39. Melissa

    Can you use the packaged sugar cookie mix and add the jello? I’m being SUPER lazy with this one!

  40. Amanda

    I found this on pinterest and just wanted to say thank you for the great recipe and fun idea! I made these today with my 2 year old son and he had a fun time playing with the playdough (although he wanted to eat it at first, so I let him have a taste!). The colors are so much fun and the cookies are yummy. The only suggestion I had when making them is to just at the jello mix first, mix well and then see if you need to add food coloring. Because I dumped the jello in, and then immediately added a couple drops of fodd coloring right on top. It kind of crystalized the jello and would not mix in with the dough. But I was able to just scoop it out and add more, so no big deal. Thanks again for the wonderful idea, we will make these again!

  41. Briana Dee

    These are so cool! Do they turn out to be hard cookies, or soft and crumbly? Just asking because I was thinking of shipping some to a friend.

  42. Screendoorgirl 3

    These look fun and pretty! I don’t have little ones, but I’ll sure enjoy trying them. I just pinned them . Thanks!

  43. Blue

    cool idea, I’m gonna have to try to make it lactose/soy/gluten/casein free somehow so I can use up the boxes of jello we have stacking up…will post results later

  44. Kyndal

    It says up top that it makes about 2 dozen cookies… When we made them today I tried making six of each color to add up to 2 dozen and they were wayyyyyy too big and didn’t cook right… but my second batch I made 4 dozen and they were perfect! Huge hit with my boys!!(:
    Oh, also I think I did something wrong because the dough wasnt dry enough to play with, and it was pretty sticky.. So I think we messed up a little.. They still taste good though!(:

  45. Alicia Tennison

    I cannot read the jello cookie recipe. It is all jumbed. Please send via email.

  46. Debi Nattier

    These look wonderful. I just have one question, after your son played with them did they get tough???? This would be so much fun, but I wouldn’t want the cookies to be hard.

  47. Michelle

    Thanks for posting this! They came out delicious! So cute too! Its just mine came out flat, like every other cookie I make. Any suggestions on how to get them fluffy like yours? Thanks!

  48. txsgrbny

    These did not turn out for me. The dough was super greasy, needed way more flour. The jello crystals on the outside of the cookie tasted so tart we couldn’t eat the cookies! I think they would have tasted okay without the rolling in jello, that made them taste gross. The kids didn’t even want to eat them. They did enjoy making them, though.

    • Jamielyn

      Thanks Megan, they are so fun! Yes, I loved meeting you! I finally feel rested from no sleep. lol! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  49. Kat

    Really good!! But the next time I make these I am going to roll them in sugar instead of the jello powder because it makes the outside really sour, other then that they are great cookies and fun for a party!

  50. Christina Fox

    I remember when my mom made these for me when I was a kid, and know I’m making them for my kids.

  51. Pavi

    It´s such a good idea!!
    I´d like to bake them for my 3 year old upcoming party, can I make them in advance?

  52. Jessica

    We had so much fun making these. The kids had a blast. A few thoughts: make sure to have food coloring, as without it, the cookie have a dull color. Also, be advised: these don’t taste very good. They look great and the kids will love making them, but none of us (12 year old, 5 year old and 40 year old) wanted to have seconds once we tasted them. Yuck!

  53. Nicole

    Thanks for sharing! My mother makes these at Christmas. They are really tasty and I love the endless flavor possibilities.

  54. Stephanie

    I just made these.. I put the powder into my tablespoon and only got one Tblspn. So I thought maybe I am supposed to actually put the mix in the cup of water so I did it that way. Which I assumed was wrong because you’re supposed to roll it in the extra jello powder. Am I missing something?

  55. idella

    great ideal was looking for cooking ideal to do with my class i have never heard of jello cookies i will be doing this with my kids thanks

  56. Cyndi

    Love this idea! Going to make them today but am curious about how much sugar to use? I see someone mentioned 1 cup? Is that correct? Thanks in advance! :)

  57. Jess

    These have been a hit everywhere I’ve taken them and I love them! These were the first cookies I ever baked from scratch and it was so much fun. Thank you for posting this!

  58. Nicole

    Can this dough be rolled out and used with cookie cutters? Was thinking of using this for Christmas cut outs if possible

  59. Emily

    Made these last night for a cookie exchange and they are DELICIOUS!!! I DEFINITELY would recommend using food coloring as the Jello alone put NO color into the dough but LOVE the scent of biting into them after they were rolled in the Jello. You smell the sweet Jello flavor but the Jello DOES NOT over power the cookie!! they were a big hit!

  60. Irene

    These look so cute and I can’t wait to try them with my son! I was wondering if anyone has tried baking them without flattening them because I love the way they look on the cookie sheet when they’re still balls! I assume they will flatten out somewhat but I’m probably going to try it.

  61. Michele Jamison

    These will be great for the lorax party I am having next month. Can’t wait to make them.

  62. sharon-lee

    where I come from jello comes in a rubbery form…must find this powdered jello…arghhh

  63. Kelsey P

    So u really love the look to these cookies but can anyone tell me if they have are delicious or taste like the jello flavors? Nothing upsets me more than making cookies only to find out they look great but don’t taste great!!

  64. SusieQ

    Thank you for the detailed recipe. Someone who has never baked before could even successfully make them! A good recipe for beginning cooks:-)

  65. ashlee

    any chance the dough can be made in advance and/or made into the balls.. and then just thawed and baked. Trying to plan ahead for party preparations…

  66. Natalie A

    Hi! I just made these and they are wonderful! However, my blue ones didn’t turn out as blue as yours – they were more teal (even after adding a couple drops of food coloring). Any suggestions? I want to make more of the blue ones again when I have my son later this month. Thanks!

  67. Stephanie

    This is such a fantastic idea, especially for such a gloomy April here in Northern California. I tried them this weekend – tasted just as good as they are cute.

  68. Lisa

    These cookies were terrible. No taste, no color. I was so mad I wasted all the ingredients and time I used up. Sorry to leave such a negative comment, but really, these were not at all good. I didn’t roll them in the powder, fortunately, because that would have made them evem worse!

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Lisa. I’m sorry these cookies didn’t turn out for you. They are definitely more fun for kids to play with than for eating. Also, if you want to get more bright colors, I would add some food coloring to make the colors pop! :)

  69. Kim

    So I’ve read through just about every comment here about these cookies and lots and lots of positive comments about how lovely they look (which they do, btw) and how all those with small kids can’t wait to try them, but really nothing on them about actually making them, how many cookies they make and how the actually taste.

    Can you tell me how they taste and if anyone made any adjustments? I don’t mind using a small amount of food coloring but don’t want to waste any ingredients on them if they really don’t taste good and it was more of an idea for the kids to play with. My kids are all grown up so I hope I don’t sound mean…I’m not trying to. :)

    So, what do they taste like? Are they sweet or are they tasteless?

    • Jamielyn

      Hi Kim! These are sweet cookies and I like them, but they are definitely more fun for kids! Kids seem to LOVE them, but I don’t think they would be the best for an adult party! I would probably make a different cookie recipe if there won’t be any kids there! :)

    • Catherine

      JUST finished making a batch with 4 and 2 yr old daughters. Made exactly 4 dozen cookies with 12 of each colour but had accidentally bought pistachio pudding by jello instead of the green jelly powder mix…….turned out SUPERB!!! The very best flavour in the whole batch! I will make these with the girls again, they had a blast playing with the dough, but I’ll use pudding mixes and food colouring as the 36 jello flavoured cookies, while very pretty, to be honest, and with no insult intended as everyone has different taste buds lol….none of my 5 kids liked the ‘artificial’ taste.( they don’t like koolaid either so I should have known lol) (4 year old said cherry tastes gross like medicine lol) thanks for all the work you put into sharing this post, the recipe was VERY accurate for us, exactly 9 minutes and they were soft, fluffy, great texture,non-oily cookies. we had a really great afternoon with huge thanks to you and your recipe:)

      • Jamielyn

        I’m glad you had fun making them with your daughters Catherine! I agree that the jello cookie dough is much more fun to play with than to eat! My kids loved eating the cookies after, but everyone is different! I prefer chocolatey cookies! :) I’ll have to try the pudding mixes next time, thanks for the idea!

  70. Sarah

    Mmm, this look so cute and summery. When they are done are they a crunchy or soft cookie? Silly question…but I quite particular about my cookies. :)

  71. Sarah

    Thank you for the idea! I have so many boxes of Jell-O sitting in the cupboard. I am going to be making these for our church Easter party!

    • Jamielyn

      Hope they turned out well for your church Easter party! They are definitely a great way to use up Jell-O sitting in the pantry!

  72. Denice

    So happy to find this fun idea. We are having a perry the Platypus bday party so teal and orange cookie will be great! Thanks. Plus the fact the kids can help is even better.