Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Colorful Cookies

This recipe was in the Betty Crocker Cookbook I gave my mom in 1987.  I believe it was published in 1986.  It has some really good recipes in it though, and Colorful Cookies was one of my favorites.  I still like making them on occasion.  You can be as versatile as the jello section at your grocery store allows.  I like orange, personally.  Lemon is good also.  The kids like some of the funkier flavors.  You can mix them too, and make several flavors and colors, mixing icings, etc. 

Colorful Cookies

1 package (3 ounces) fruit flavored gelatin
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Colorful Glaze (below)

Heat oven to 350°.  Reserve 1 tablespoon gelatin (dry) for the glaze.  Mix remaining gelatin, the powdered sugar and margarine.  Stir in flour and salt.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until set but not brown, 8 to 10 minutes.  Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet.  Cool completely.

Prepare Colorful Glaze.  Dip tops of cookies into glaze.  Decorate with coconut, nuts, cherries, colored sugar, small candies or chocolate shot if desired. 

Yield: about 4 1/2 dozen cookies

Colorful Glaze: 

Mix reserved 1 tablespoon gelatin and 3 tablespoons hot water.  Let stand 5 minutes.  Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth and of desired consistency.

 Recipe Courtesy Betty Crocker Cookbook 1986