Summerdays: Jello Watermelon Cookies

These cute, bite size cookies are packed with fruity flavours

These cute, bite size cookies are packed with fruity flavours

When summer arrives in Vancouver it also brings along the long-missed sunshine. Every sun-kissed surface seems to pick up cheerful colours; there are neon coloured blossoms, lively green lawns and of course there are all kinds of temping colored fruits. When it comes to cooking, I always love to incorporate a broad spectrum of colours into my dishes. From a nutrition perspective, a hearty portion of colourful fruits & vegetables contributes to our daily needs of vitamins and minerals. But when it comes to the not-so-healthy department of cooking, a.k.a. baking, I am inspired by the bright summer colours and feel more daring to add a splash of fun colours into my sweet treats. So i decided to mould the fruity flavours and the yummy colors into a cookie dough, and here we have these adorable watermelon slice jello cookies 🙂

These cookies are slightly soft in texture, mildly sweet with refreshing fruity flavours. What really make them standout from any regular cookie is that they really really taste like fruits!

Ingredients (yields approximately 20-24 bite-size cookies):

  • 2 cups      Flour, All-purpose
  • 3/4 cup    Margarine, soft
  • 1/2 cup    Sugar
  • 1                  Egg, large
  • 1/2 cup    Jello powder, Strawberry Banana
  • 1/2 cup    Jello powder, Tropical Fiesta
  • 1/4 tsp    Baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp    Baking soda

Baker’s Short Cut (if you are a pro already, feel free to skip the step-by-step photos): Bake @ 300F for about 10 min

Tip1: it's important to keep the ingredients separate at this stage

Tip1: it’s important to keep the ingredients separate at this stage

Step 1:

-Mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and baking powder together in a mixing bowl

-Cream sugar and soft margarine together in a separate mixing bowl

Tip2: incorporating egg into the creamed mixture at this point will prevent the dough from over-mixing

Tip2: incorporating egg into the creamed mixture at this point will prevent the dough from over-mixing

Step 2:

-Well combine the egg into the creamed mixture (sugar and margarine)

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Tip3: Adding the jello powder before the flour will help to distribute the colours more evenly

Tip3: Adding the jello powder before the flour will help to distribute the colours more evenly

Step 3:

-Divide the creamed mixture into two equal portions and mix in the jello powders (I’m using strawberry&banana flavour for the red part and tropical fiesta for the green part. The two combined together magically taste like watermelon~but feel free to use your own combination of flavours :D)

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Step 4:

-Divide the dry ingredient mixture (flour, baking soda and baking powder) into two equal parts and add them separately into each mixing bowl

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Step 5: 

-Chill the dough slightly in the cooler for about 5-10 min to harden them into a more play-dough-like consistency

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Step 6: 

-Roll out the green dough into a rectangular shape so the width is roughly equals to the length of the red cylinder

-Wrap the green dough around the red dough like if you are making sushi 🙂

-Slightly roll your cookie dough sushi on the counter top to stick the two parts together

Tip3: I find it's better to slice them a little thicker because I personally prefer softer cookies. Thicker cookies also have better keeping quality.

Tip3: I find it’s better to slice them a little thicker because I personally prefer softer cookies. Thicker cookies also have better keeping quality.

Step 7:

-Chill the dough again for about 15 min. Hardened cookie dough makes slicing a lot faster and neater

-Slice your cookie dough sushi into approximately 1/4 inch slices and them slice them in half

-Lay them out on a cookie sheet about 1 inch apart from each other and sprinkle on black sesame seeds (Jello cookie dough doesn’t spread too much, so if you happen to put them a bit closer to each other, you don’t have to worry too much)

-Bake @ 300F for about 10 min (make sure to watch the edges to prevent them from going brown)

-Enjoy you treat time 😀