12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Red and Green Jell-O Cookies

This Christmas, we’re sharing 12 Christmas cookie recipes to help you prepare for your cookie parade (Guests bring a few dozen cookies they made, place them on the table, and then everyone takes a variety of them home, taking about as many cookies as they brought but of new kinds so that they can put together cookie platters for holiday parties and as gifts to teachers, mail carriers, sanitation workers, etc.).

I’ll be frank: these Jell-O cookies are more for fun than for eating, at least if you are a grown-up. They are what they sound like: cookies with a distinctly Jell-O taste to them. That makes them a lot of fun for kids to make and eat, so enlist the help of young ones to get full enjoyment from them.



  • 1 1/2 c. white sugar
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 3-oz cherry Jell-O
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • additional white sugar for decorating, placed in a shallow bowl


  1. Heat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream sugar and shortening.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Add Jell-O and mix again.
  5. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt and add to other ingredients. Mix until combined.
  6. Roll dough into small balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in glass. If that’s a struggle, dip the top of each ball into sugar, then flatten with the glass.
  7. Bake 7-9 minutes. Cool briefly, then remove to a wire rack.

Repeat entire process with lime or green apple Jell-O.

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