Prep 45 mins
Cook 8 mins
I combined a couple of recipes to come up with this one after being inspired by cookies I saw on the cover of a magazine. The dough tends to be a bit sticky, so make sure your knife is sharp when cutting the petals; you may need to spray it with non-stick cooking spray as well. We like these cookies made with black cherry or cherry Jell-O. The additional food coloring makes the color a bit more vivid. Use red paste food coloring for a really bright presentation. These cookies would also be cute for Easter, by using lemon, lime or orange-flavored Jell-O.
- 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 (3 ounce) package red Jell-O, dry
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
- 2 1⁄2 cups flour
- red sugar crystals
- 36 miniature M&M's chocolate candies (yellow)
- 1⁄2 cup frosting, if using
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, dry Jell-O powder, eggs and extract. Add baking powder, salt, and food coloring. Add flour and mix well. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 2 hours or until dough is firm. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and roll in red-colored sugar. Place balls about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Using a sharp knife, make cuts in top of each ball, not quite all the way through, to make 6 pie-shaped wedges. Spread wedges apart very slightly to form flower petals; cookies will separate and flatten as they bake. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. If using candies, immediately press one candy in center of each cookie. Let cookies cool on baking sheet a minute and then remove to wire rack to cool completely. If not using candies, pipe a dab of prepared cake frosting in center of each cookie when they are completely cooled.
These were an immediate hit with my friends. I actually made a few kinds of cookies for Christmas, and these were the biggest hit. I accidentally grabbed sugar-free black cherry jello, so my cookies weren't sticky when I was cutting them. The color was nice without using food coloring. Also, I opted to use homemade cream cheese frosting for the center, instead of candy. The frosting really complimented the tangy cookie. They also look great. Thanks!