These Kid-Friendly Jello Cookies recipe adds yummy flavor and bright colors to cookie dough! Not only are these jello cookies delicious, but they’re so cute! They say that you eat with your eyes first and the vibrant colors that you achieve with these cookies are beautiful.

red, yellow, green and blue sugar cookies made with jello
This Jello Cookies Recipe is fun and easy to make with this kids.

A Tasty Edible Rainbow

Did you know a quick and easy cookie hack is adding a special ingredient to cookies? Jello powder! They will be such a hit with your little ones, that you won’t make these cookies just once and it might just become one of their favorite things. When I make snacks for my kids, especially treats, they love colors, textures, and even fun themes. It gets them excited to dive in and try a new recipe with me. This is the perfect cookie recipe for kids!

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These cookies are also a blast to make. When you separate the cookie dough to add the different jello packets, have your kids pick their favorite gelatin powder and mix it up. It gets them involved, and then they get to taste their creation after it bakes. Not to mention the smell of cookies in the oven is enough to get anyone excited! It’s a great rainy day activity for everyone to enjoy together. 

There are so many simple cookie recipes that are fun to make and even more fun to eat including Easy Banana Pudding Cookies and Top Secret Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies.

How to Make This Recipe for Jello Cookies

This is a super simple recipe to prepare. After you make the cookie dough, all you have to do is separate it for each flavor of jello. This way you will have some jello sugar cookies of each color! We love this basic cookie recipe because it takes on new flavors very well.

ingredients needed to make jello cookies recipe
Ingredients you will need to make Jello Cookies

Ingredients Needed to Make Jello Sugar Cookies

  • Flour – all-purpose is best for these cookies
  • Cream of tartar – This is needed to stabilize the egg whites and it helps the cookies rise in the oven when combined with baking soda.
  • Baking soda
  • Salt 
  • Butter – Make sure it is softened before you start combining ingredients
  • Granulated sugar – You will need a little bit extra to roll out the cookies
  • Eggs – Let your eggs sit out on the counter and come to room temperature
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Jello gelatin, you will need 2 tablespoons each  – Choose any 4 flavors you like! 

Instructions for Jello Cookies

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Prepare your baking sheets by adding parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will make it easy to get the cookies off of the pan after they’re baked.

Step 3

Mix your dry ingredients; flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

Step 4

Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy.

Step 5

Add the wet ingredients; eggs, milk, and vanilla to the large bowl with your butter and sugar mixture.

Step 6

Next, slowly mix in the dry ingredient mixture with the wet ingredients.

Tip: Avoid overmixing and mix until just combined. This will prevent tough, flat cookies.

Step 7

Separate the cookie dough into 4 equal portions and place each in a separate bowl.

Step 8

Sprinkle the jello mix into each bowl (one flavor for each one) and knead gently until it’s combined.

Step 9

Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon and scoop out the chilled dough and roll it into 1-inch balls.

Step 10

Add the extra sugar into a small bowl and roll each cookie dough ball in the sugar before placing it on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Repeat this until all of the dough is used.

Step 11

Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the edges are slightly browned.

Step 12

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for at least minutes before transferring them to a wire rack so they can cool completely.

Step 13

Enjoy with a nice glass of milk and store leftovers in an airtight container.

red, yellow, green, blue jello cookies
Jello Cookies are fun to make and the kids love how colorful they are.

Helpful Tips for this Jello Cookies Recipe

Can I make my cookies more vibrant in color?

Yes, simply add a couple drops of food coloring to the dough after mixing in the gelatin.

Do these Jello Cookies have a lot of tangy flavor?

The amount of gelatin that is added is not a lot, however you can taste the tangy flavor but it’s not over powering.

How should I store these cookies?

Like all cookies, they should be kept in an airtight container. They do not need to be refrigerated.

jello cookies stacked on table with milk and straws
These Jello Cookies are soft in the center and slightly crunch on the edge.

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Jello Cookies Recipe

jello cookies stacked on table with milk and straws

These kid-friendly Jello Cookies are quick and easy to make. The kids will love choosing which color and flavor they want to help make.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 boxes (3 oz) boxes of jello, 4 different flavors - you will need 2 tablespoons each


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
    2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat 
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt
    4. In a large bowl, cream together butter and 1 ½ cups sugar until fluffy
    5. Add eggs, milk and vanilla extract and beat until smooth
    6. Gradually add flour mixture and combine well 
    7. Divide dough into four equal  portions and add to separate bowls 
    8. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of jello into each bowl 
    9. Knead until well combined
    10. Add sugar to small bowl for coating cookie balls
    11. Divide dough using a cookie dough scoop or tablespoon
    12. Roll into ball and then roll in sugar
    13. Place on prepared baking sheet 
    14. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until just lightly browned edges 
    15. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack 
    16. Cool completely 
    17. Store in airtight container at room temperature

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