Poinsettia Blossom Cookies

Recipe by doobtones 2
READY IN: 53mins
YIELD: 3 dozen
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 34
    cup butter, softened
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 1
    (3 ounce) package red Jell-O, dry
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1
    teaspoon baking powder
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 1
    teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
  • 2 12
    cups flour
  • red sugar crystals
  • 36
    miniature M&M's chocolate candies (yellow)
  • 12
    cup frosting, if using
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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.
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