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Christmas Pastels Recipe

Christmas Pastels

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"These can be any flavor you want, the kids go nuts for them"

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Original recipe makes 3 to 4 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, cream the shortening, sugar, and flavored gelatin. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture.
  3. Roll cookies into 1 inch balls place them on an unprepared cookie sheet, and flatten with a cookie stamp dipped in sugar. If you don 't have a cookie stamp, flatten cookies with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes , until set but not brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 19, 2002

I used Cherry Jell-O and sprinkled with multi-colored Betty Crocker Party Sugar instead. I got lots of requests for the recipe at work. They weren't too sweet, a little salty (which I like)and the cherry flavor jell-o added a familar taste to the cookies, but people could not guess what it was. Definately will make again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 19, 2005

Very simple recipe. Used Splenda instead of sugar and made with strawberry jello. Decorated them for Christmas. My eldest said he could taste the salt but I like a cookie that is not too sweet and it must not have bothered him by the amount he ate. Youngest went nuts over them. If I would have had time, I would have made a batch with Lime jello which would have been very pretty next to the strawberry. Oh well, next time. _____________________________________ 12/19 Just wanted to add a note. We enjoyed these fresh from the oven the day they were made but nobody would eat them after a day or two of them sitting. The jello taste was so strong and fake tasting that they did not go over well.

Aug 21, 2005

Some of the coolest Christmas cookies ever! I usually make one batch of strawberry or raspberry and one of lime, so you have red and green! Everyone loves them.

Dec 08, 2011

This is my recipe, and I want to mention a few things I forgot when I submitted it. DON"T use sugar free gelatin! It will totally change the taste of the cookies, the same for using most sugar substitutes for the sugar in the recipe. Keep different flavors of cookies in different storage bags until ready to put them on a plate or whatever to serve, the flavors will mingle and make some interesting tasting cookies. Put them in an airtight container as soon as cool, or they will become quite crisp (unless you like crisp cookies!)

Dec 19, 2002

The taste of these cookies is surprising! Really delicious. I made them for my daughter's class in their school colors using grape and lemon jello. The kids loved them.

Dec 20, 2003

"Yummmm!", Said my husband. "Oooo!...And they get Yummier, as you eat them!"

Dec 29, 2008

4 stars for easiness and kid-friendly recipe, 3 stars for taste. I will make these again for a kid audience, but have better recipes for adults palettes. I substituted butter for the shortening, and it worked well. Used strawberry jello this time. Like another reviewer, I would like to make more colors when I have more time.

Dec 07, 2005

These are pretty good. Definitely 4star for easiness and speed. Flavor 3 1/2 to 4star. These are cookies with kid appeal and would be sweet in a variety of colors. I made red and green for christmas and they will look cute with the other cookies I am serving. I think the flavor would be better if you added in some butter in place of some of the shortening.


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  • Calories
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.1 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 8 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 66 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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