Jello cookies & jello play dough!

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jello cookies

As the weather gets hotter in AZ we have to come up with more and more activities to do inside. My son  had SO much fun helping me with these jello cookies. 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!

 

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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!

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

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

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

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

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Jello cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter

4 (3 oz) packages of jello

Food coloring, optional

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and cream of tarter. Gradually add flour mixture to the wet ingredients.

Divide the dough into four sections. Sprinkle two Tablespoons of jello onto each section and then knead the dough until combined. You can add a few drops of food coloring in, if you’d like the color to be more vibrant.

Roll dough into 1-inch balls. If desired, you may roll the balls into the extra jello powder for a sweeter cookie. Then place dough onto the baking sheet two inches apart. Flatten the dough with the bottom of the bowl to allow the cookies to cook evenly. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Remove cookies from the pan and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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jello cookies

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

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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169 comments on “Jello cookies & jello play dough!”

  1. 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. These are completely adorable. I cannot wait to make them!

  3. So great! Thanks for this super fun idea! My little guys love to bake with me, and I can’t wait to try this with them. :)
    Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

  4. I LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing and giving us all the diy scoop!

  5. yum!these look sooooo good and so fun. my boys will love them!

  6. 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!

  7. So, how did they taste? Would grown-ups like them too? Looks like fun! (We’re in AZ too, so I’m always on the lookout for indoor activities. Thanks for sharing!)

  8. Laurie@TheBakingBookworm Reply

    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.

  9. These are awesome! Great colors. My kids would love helping make these. My little girl has the same magenta shirt!

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. these are adorable! i am going to make this playdough recipe with my nephews this weekend! LOVE the cute colors

  11. Love how you can do cookies and play dough at the same time. We are doing a rainbow theme for my kids birthday and this would be perfect to use for party favors. Thanks! Just pinned! Vicky from http://www.messforless.net

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. WOW! What a fun idea! I love the colors!!
    xo!
    Vanessa

  16. 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!

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

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

  19. Your cookies are beautiful! I will be making them! :) Time to pin!

  20. I don’t know if I’m going crazy or what, but I don’t even see the recipe. I would love to make these!

  21. These look amazing! Love the vibrant colors.

  22. Wow! that is so beautiful.
    Colorful cookies for the kids. I love it!
    Good job on that!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. Your children are beautiful, your cookies are beautiful and your pictures are beautiful. I feel like eating a cookie! ~Linda

  26. 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!!!

  27. Patty @ My Craft Spotlight Reply

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

  28. 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

  29. 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

    • 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.

  30. 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!

    t

  31. These look amazing!!! I will have to try them sometime!

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

  33. 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!

  34. Yummy looking and so pretty!! I definitely will be trying this one. Pinning it on my recipe board:)

  35. I’m in love with this! I’ve been playing around with Jello and Kool aide lately, can’t wait to give this a try, perfect way to color for any holiday or theme! Pinned!

  36. These are fantastic! Pinned them so I could make them. Thanks!

  37. How pretty!! I am in love with all of the colors!!

  38. they look great! I do love all the colours you can make!!!

  39. Dianne Unterbrink Reply

    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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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!

  42. The colors are so fun. They would be awesome for a birthday party!

  43. Ok. These are seriously cute. I’ll have to make these with my son this week. Thanks for sharing!

  44. love the colors! Great photos!

  45. Shawna Johnsen Reply

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

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

  47. 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!

    • 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!

  48. This are beautiful! I can’t wait to make them with my little guy. :-)

  49. love this idea and their colors. =) Thanks for sharing

  50. These cookies are so pretty and simple, love it.

  51. 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?

    • 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.

  52. 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 :)

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

  54. Looks great! Can you use sugar free jello?

  55. These are sooooo cute! Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe. My sister and I blogged about these on our blog if you would like to have a peek. http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/05/jello-cookies.html

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

  57. 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.

  58. 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!!!

  59. Shawna Giesbrecht Reply

    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!

  60. 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!

  61. 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. :-)

  62. Yes. They are great!

  63. 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!

  64. Hi Jamielyn! These look awesome! What flavors of Jello did you use?

  65. 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?

  66. That was so fun! The strawberry ones taste like a gourmet poptart :)

  67. 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

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

  69. 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!

  70. 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.

  71. Screendoorgirl 3 Reply

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

  72. these is great , soo easy for kiddies to help, even young teenagers , it will be fun , thank you for having this .

  73. 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

  74. 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!(:

  75. good idea…will have a party this tues…I’ll make this..Ty

  76. Wow, those look amazing! I love the colours =)

  77. Alicia Tennison Reply

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

  78. 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.

  79. Just made them, thanks for the clever and fun idea!

  80. We recently featured this recipe in our weekly food trend post. You can check it out here –

    http://blog.recipelion.com/food-trend-sweet-jell-o-recipes/

  81. 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!

  82. Hi Jamielyn, So nice to meet you at the EVO conference. I’m loving these cookies. So colorful and fun. A “must try”!

  83. They were a lot of fun to make, and taste just great. Great family time.

  84. 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!

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

  86. 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?

  87. 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!

  88. I’m definitely making these for the next cookie day at my daughter’s daycare!

  89. I totally need those colors!! What flavors did u use??

  90. How far ahead can I make these for an event?

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

  92. 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?

  93. These look so good! I found the recipe through reddit and will be sharing with everyone!! :) You should like up your great recipes some time at my weekly recipe hop (here is the link to this week if you are interested: http://copingwithfrugality.com/2012/10/delicious-dish-tuesday-bruschetta-with-a-twist.html)

  94. 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

  95. 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! :)

  96. How wonderful!! is perfect for a fun and yummy activity with the kids, greetings from Peru!
    xx

  97. How could I make these cookies gluten free?

  98. which Jello to use? regular Jello or the pudding Jello ????

  99. 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!

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

  101. 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!

  102. 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.

  103. I think my teenagers would love making those jello cookies. They are bright and fun looking.

  104. Can you replace the jell-o with Kool-Aid?

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

  106. These DO scream summer. I will have to make them for my kids who LOVE jello. They are very pretty.

  107. These look amazing! Such a great idea. I can’t wait to make them :)

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

  109. 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!!

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

  111. 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…

  112. How many cookies does the recipe yield?

  113. my aunt made these cookies for Easter and they were delicious! (:

  114. 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!

  115. 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.

  116. 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! :)

  117. Brilliant IDEA!

  118. 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! :)

  119. 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:)

    • 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!

  120. I only have unsalted butter, would that work?

  121. 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. :)

  122. 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!

  123. 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.

  124. Hi Karen! I just used all purpose flour. :)

  125. Hello – My almost three year old and I had a lot of fun making these. For our tastes, however, the cookies were much too sweet. The dough was very soft (made on a hot day in TX) and easy to work with and, using a cookie scoop, easily yielded 12 soft cookies of each of the four colors we chose. They are pretty (mine didn’t “flower”, but are just an even circle). I only rolled the first half in the jello, hoping to lessen the sweetness, but even the second half (non-rolled in jello powder) was too sweet for our liking. But, we had fun. I’m saving them for a group of little boys coming over for a play date – I’m sure they’ll gobble them up.

  126. These are gorgeous and they look delicious too.  I know my kids would have so much fun making them!

  127. Perfect colors for a Mexican themed lunch – love love love!

  128. Perfect colors for a Mexican themed party, will look great with flowers and decorations!

  129. So excited to try these with my residents!! I’m the activity director and this looks so fun, easy, and the color stimulation is going to be a hit :)

  130. be perfect for Easter  time. Make the cookies egg shaped,

  131. My four siblings and I made these every Christmas in the 60’s. As adults, we’ve been searching for the recipe for years. Thanks!!!

  132. May sound dumb, but what kind of jello did you use? It has to be clear in order to change the color right?

  133. LOVE these adorable cookies and your photos – gorgeous!

  134. I have been making “Jello Cookies” or “Crisp Pastel Cookies” since I was in Junior High School…almost 40 years.  In fact, I’m looking at the recipe card written in my teen-age cursive as I type this.  :)  I got the recipe from a neighbor for whom I used to babysit.  The only difference is that our recipe just uses one flavor for the whole batch of cookies, and cherry is our family favorite.  

  135. Does it matter which jello flavor you use? I ask because I see food coloring is an option.   So just would like to double check that the flavor is prominent or if it was just a color/texture technique. 

    Thanks!

  136. I just made these last night for a small get together and they actually turned out to be very tart instead of sweet. It’s not bad, just unexpected. Is that how they normally are?

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