I love springtime! The green grows back.  The layers come off.  And we’re allowed to go outside again.  But unfortunately, it’s April 7th.  And you know they say, April showers bring May flowers.
Yes, it’s been stinkin’ gloomy and rainy in Northern California.  Usually, the weather in Northern California is most-often amazing, however, we do have our rainy season…and that season is now.  And I have cabin fever.  What to do, what to do?
I saw these Jello Cookies on I Heart Naptime and they instantly cheered me up.  The bright colors remind me that spring is coming (promise?) and the Jello flavors remind me of being a kid.  The recipe is very simple.  I actually had most of the ingredients in my kitchen.  I also bought four different Jello flavors, apricot, strawberry, cherry and raspberry – it’s fun to try each!
1 1/2 cups butter, salted
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 packages (3 oz)  of Jello
Beat butter in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Blend in egg and vanilla. Mix flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Divide dough into 4 sections. Sprinkle 2 Tb of jello onto each section. Knead together with dough. You may want to add a few drops of food coloring to make the dough more vibrant.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in the extra jello from the packets. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of bowl.
Bake 8 to 10 min at 350 on lined baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

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