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What’s on the Kids in the Kitchen menu this week? Delicious desserts!
Not just any dessert though! A dessert with a special little twist :)
The thing about Nicholas is, this kid loves cookies. Doesn’t matter what type of cookie either. Give him a pick of desserts and the kid will pick the cookie each and every time.
So this week, we took his love of cookies and added a little twist.
I know, I know, they don’t really sound all that appetizing but they actually are really good!
Top top it off, they are a lot of fun for the kids to make and you can use any flavor and color of Jello that you’d like.
To make a batch of your own, you’ll need:
1/4 cup Butter
1/2 cup Shortening
1/2 cup Sugar
1 3oz. package Jello (any flavor works, just use whatever you have on hand)
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Baking
Now, to start off, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and in a stand mixer (or large bowl), mix your butter, shortening, sugar, and Jello. Make sure it all gets mixed together really well.
After that is all mixed, have your kids help you add the eggs and the vanilla and stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture a little bit at a time and stir (or set you mixer on slow speed) until it is all mixed together. Very quickly you should start to see your dough take shape. It should be really soft without being sticky :)
Now comes the fun part :) Have your kids split up the dough and roll it into balls. You can use a scoop if you want to keep all of your cookies roughly the same size or you could just eye ball it like we did.
Pour about 1/2 cup of sugar into a small bowl and once you have your dough all rolled into balls, drop them one at a time into your sugar bowl and roll them around. Make sure they have a nice coat of sugar all the way around.
After they’re coated, place them a couple of inches apart on a greased cookie sheet and have your child use a cup or a bowl with a flat bottom to flatten them out. Using the cup will flatten them without taking all of the sugar off :)
You don’t want to make them too thin as they will bake too quickly so keep them about 1/2 inch to 3/8 inch thick and then pop the tray into the oven for 6 or 7 minutes.
Once they’re done, let them cool, and then enjoy your newest delicious creation!
They’re sweet, a little tart (depending on the flavor of Jello used), and are perfect for an quick after dinner dessert!