Strawberry Jell-O Cookies

The bright colors and flavor choices for this cookie are popular with kids.  They are also great for a holiday or a themed party when you need a specific colored cookie!  It is essentially a sugar cookie with a package of powdered Jell-O added--in this case I added Strawberry Jell-O for a pink strawberry flavored cookie.

Jell-O Cookies
3½ cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1½ cups butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
3 oz. pkg. Jell-O, any flavor
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter, sugar, and Jell-O. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in baking powder and flour. Form cookies. (This recipe doesn’t work with a cookie press. See the Spritz cookie recipe for the Jell-O variation.) This makes a good holiday cookie (red and green). Bake about 8 minutes at 400°.

Tiffany's Notes: My 6-year-old wanted to make cookies and after looking through the family cookbook this is the one that appealed to her!  They turned out soft and pink and strawberry flavored!  We used a cookie scoop to easily scoop up equal-sized balls of dough.  We then rolled them and dipped the top of the dough balls in red decorating sugar before baking.

We also saved a small amount of dough and baked it up in her older sister's toy--an Easy Bake Oven.  She loves to make her own mini-cookies! 

I actually still have my own favorite childhood toy--an older version of an Easy Bake Oven from when I was young (the date on the box is 1981!)--it was called a Mini-Wave Oven.  I still love it and get it out every year or so to bake with the kids. :)
I always loved the idea that you could actually bake something with the heat emitted from a 100 Watt light bulb.  (Sadly, 100 Watt light bulbs are no longer available so the company had to revamp their toy.)

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