Gluten-Free Jell-O Cookies

Gluten-Free Jell-O Cookies

My, how bright you are, Gluten-Free Jell-O Cookies!

That’s not my iffy photography again; they really are that bright! I don’t mind it. You might.

Someone will surely say it’s a bit too “artificial” looking. (Hey, I used Jell-O, what did you expect?)

Probably true. But, alas, we will not complain. If we like ‘em, we make ‘em, and if we don’t, we pass on by. ;)

Jell-O Cookies aren’t for everyone. For those of us who avoid “box” foods or certain ingredients, we’ll need to pass these up and opt for something like a Nutritious Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie or a Grain-Free Sunbutter Chocolate Chip Cookie.

But you understand, with so many of my precious Honey Bunches reading these days, wanting delish gluten-free goodies to bake at home, I like to share a wide array of recipes to fit as many tastes as possible. Because we’re all unique and at a different place on our health journey and that’s OK. We never judge in the Gluten Free Gigi Family; we support one another. 

Now, I need to tell you a couple things before you make these.

First, this is not an original recipe. I adapted it from the Jell-O recipe. Little Chef and I saw these on Instagram and since we’ve never made Jell-O cookies (who knew these existed??) I thought we should whip up a batch, Gluten Free Gigi style! It was fun, too! She frosted, I sprinkled… good times. 

It seemed only right to share the recipe with you, us not wanting to be stingy and keep all the fun to ourselves.

Next, I need to tell you that Jell-O is indeed gluten-free. Here is Kraft’s statement about gluten (underlining added by moi):

“We understand how important it is for people who have been medically diagnosed with gluten sensitivity to have accurate information about foods to help plan their meals and diets. Therefore, it has been a long standing policy for all Kraft and Nabisco products to list ingredients that contain gluten on the ingredient statement. These items will be listed using commonly known terms such as Wheat, Barley, Oats or Rye. For other ingredients that contain gluten, the grain source will be declared in parenthesis after the ingredient name. For example, if the ingredient “natural flavor” contains a gluten source, the label would read: natural flavor (contains rye). Other ingredients that contain gluten are: Triticale, Spelt, Kamut, Mir or Farina (also known as Far or Farro).”

And those “other” ingredients in Jell-O, well, it’s up to you to decide whether those are for you or not. BUT, to help you make that decision, I created an Ingredients Inside article for Jell-O gelatin. :) Check it out! It’s a real eye-opener.

Now, let’s make Gluten-Free Jell-O Cookies!

Gluten-Free Jell-O Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
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This recipe is free from: gluten, dairy/casein, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn. Please see notes after the recipe regarding Jell-O as part of a gluten-free diet.
Ingredients
  • For the cookies:
  • 1 small box Jell-O gelatin mix (either regular or sugar-free), divided (see Instructions, below), any flavor
  • 1½ cups Gigi's Everyday Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Gum-Free) OR other gum-free gluten-free flour blend of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted (Substitute dairy-free butter substitute or real butter, if not dairy-free, if you prefer.)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk (Use an equal amount of dairy- or plant-based milk of your choice instead, if you prefer.)
  • For the frosting:
  • Reserved Jell-O
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar (See how to make your own in Notes, below.)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk (Use an equal amount of dairy- or plant-based milk of your choice instead, if you prefer.)
  • Topping:
  • Decorator's sprinkles, jimmies or other topping of your choice (be sure you use a product that is gluten-free and free from any other allergens you must avoid.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment (or grease lightly).
  2. Take 1 Tablespoon (1/2 Tablespoon if you use the sugar-free variety) and put it in a small bowl; set aside (this will be for the frosting).
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine remaining Jell-O, flour blend and baking powder; whisk.
  4. Add oil, egg and milk.
  5. Stir until dough comes together in a uniform color. It will be thick.
  6. Form 1-inch balls and place them 2½ inches apart on prepared pan.
  7. Use the bottom of a flat glass or measuring cup (or your hand) to flatten the balls of dough (they should be about ¼ inch thick and just over 2 inches across once flattened).
  8. Bake 7 minutes - do not over-bake.
  9. Remove cookies from oven and cool on pan.
  10. While cookies cool, mix up frosting by stirring all ingredients together until smooth.
  11. Add the milk a little at a time to achieve desired consistency.
  12. Once cookies are completely cooled, frost and add sprinkles, if desired.

Thought you’d like to know…

  • Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies.
  • Store leftovers in a single layer in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • Use any flavor Jell-O you like ~ the possibilities are endless! Lemon, orange, strawberry… Mmmmm!

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Gluten-Free Jell-O Cookies

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Wherever you are on your gluten-free journey to optimal health, I’m here to meet you where you are.

xo,

Gigi ;)

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  • violet

    How many grams/oz of jello powder please?

    • glutenfreegigi

      3 ounce box of regular (not sugar-free) Jell-O or 0.6 ounce box of sugar-free Jell-O.

  • Kim

    If my gluten free flour blend has gum in it, will these still turn out?

    • glutenfreegigi

      Hi, Kim.

      I really feel gums are unnecessary in *most* gf baked goods. This comes from much trial and error in my own recipe development over the years. I think, because of the fact that Jell-O is gelatin, if you use a blend with a gum, you’re going to get gummy cookies. But, hey, no harm in trying if you don’t mind experimenting.

      If you’d rather leave that to others, like me, well, then I’d say go with a gum-free blend. Plenty of those on the site under “Breads”/”Flour Blends” in the Recipe Index.

      Happy baking!
      xo

      • Kim

        Thanks! Well, the flour I have on hand contains the gum so I guess I’ll take the plunge and see what happens. I’ll let you know how they turn out!