Tie Dye Jello Cookies: Sugary Swirls

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These Jello cookies with a tie-dye pattern are like a fruity flavor explosion in your mouth. They are a fun recipe to shake things up and venture into the rainbow realm. Plus, they’re just as delicious as they are beautiful.

Crafting these colorful cookies is easy. Divide the simple cookie dough into different portions, mix in your favorite Jello flavors, and have a tie-dye masterpiece at your fingertips.

Rolling and twisting the different colored doughs together creates a fun twist on the traditional sugar cookie, bringing in a burst of colors to light up your cookie tray. These tie-dye Jello cookies are the perfect addition to any rainbow party.

In this post, we’ll dive into the world of tie-dye Jello cookies, starting with the simple ingredients you’ll need and the ever-so-easy steps to make them. We’ll also discuss tips and tricks to make these cookies as eye-catching and delicious as possible.

Looking for more fun cookie recipes? Try no bake haystack cookies, Cool Whip cookies, or Cake Mix cookies.

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👩‍🍳Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Jello: Jell-o is the special ingredient in these cookies. Pick your favorite flavors of Jello with bright colors. I used blue raspberry, strawberry, orange, and lime for these photos. Don’t use sugar-free Jello in this recipe.
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cream of tartar
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Egg
Labeled ingredient photo tie dye jello cookies.

🥣How to Make Jello Cookies

  1. Mix the dry ingredients: Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a medium bowl.
  2. Make the dough: Mix the butter and sugar in a separate bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg to the wet ingredients and mix. Then add the flour mixture and beat until combined.
  3. Add the Jello: Separate the dough into 4 parts. Add 2 tablespoons of dry Jello powder to each dough part and mix it with your hands until combined.
  4. Make the cookies: Pinch out a teaspoon of dough from each color. Roll them into a ball, keeping the pressure light so the colors don’t mix too much. Put the balls of dough on the baking sheet and flatten them slightly with your fingers.
  5. Bake: Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are light brown.
Mixing the wet ingredients.
Wet ingredients
Adding the dry ingredients.
Dry ingredients
Coloring the cookie dough.
Mix in Jello
Combining the colors.
Combining dough
Rolling it into a ball.
Roll into a ball
Cookies on a baking sheet.
Bake the cookies

🍪Serving Ideas

Arrange the cookies on a platter to showcase their vibrant colors. Serve them with milk or homemade lemonade for a bright and colorful treat for an after-school snack.

Or kick things up a notch and make Jello cookie ice cream sandwiches. Just scoop your favorite ice cream flavor between two cookies and enjoy a brightly colored ice cream treat.

💭How to Store

The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 5 days at room temperature. I like to use a cookie jar or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. A sheet of parchment or wax paper between the layers of cookies will prevent sticking.

You can freeze your Jello cookies for up to 3 months for more extended storage! Freeze the cookies in a freezer-safe container, separating the layers with parchment or wax paper.

When ready to enjoy your frozen Jello cookies, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw at room temperature for a few hours.

Jello cookies on a wooden cutting board.

⭐Tips for Jell-o Cookies

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • You might be tempted to experiment with sugar-free Jello, but the full-sugar version works best. The texture is different with sugar-free Jello.
  • Choose fruity flavors that blend well together. I usually stick to fun flavor combinations like cherry, lime, and lemon. If you combine watermelon and cranberry, you might not love the resulting cookies!
  • Roll the cookies in sparkling sugar for a glittery touch.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to make the colors brighter.

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Jello cookies with a tie dye pattern on a cutting board.
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Tie Dye Jello Cookie Recipe

Published By Anne
Jello cookies add a burst of vibrant color to your life! Mix colorful Jello powder into your cookie dough and watch as they transform into a swirl of hues.
Prep Time30 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 15
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 3-ounce boxes of Jello any flavors (I used berry blue, strawberry, orange, and lime)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Set aside.
    2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • In a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the egg and beat to combine.
    1 cup butter, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg
  • Add the flour mixture and beat until well combined.
  • Separate the dough into four sections. Add 2 tablespoons of Jell-o to each section and work it into the dough with your hands. Add food coloring for brighter colors, if desired.
    4 3-ounce boxes of Jello
  • When all the colors are mixed, pinch off about 1 teaspoon of dough from each color and lightly squeeze the pieces together in your hand.
  • Roll dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet, keeping them about 2 inches apart. You should end up with about 1-inch balls. Lightly press the cookie dough balls down with your hand to flatten them.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven until the edges start to brown. Leave the cookies on the baking sheet for five minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • Full-sugar Jello works best. The texture is different if you use sugar-free Jello.
  • Choose fruity flavors that blend well together. I usually stick to fun flavor combinations like cherry, lime, and lemon. If you combine watermelon and cranberry, you might not love the resulting cookies!
  • Roll the cookies in sparkling sugar for a glittery touch.
  • You can add a few drops of food coloring to make the colors brighter.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 394IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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