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Adventures in Baking

Today was a momentous occasion in the life of Jess. To understand this, you must know that I avoided all things cooking and baking growing up like the plague. I haven’t used most major kitchen appliances besides the oven, stove, microwave and the toaster. The only cookies I’ve baked up until today were the idiot-proof pre-cut cookies at Christmas and Valentines Day. Today, I took on this recipe for Jell-O cookies I found on Pinterest:

Jello cookies

jello cookies

  • Yield: 2 dozen
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Ready In: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 3.5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 cups salted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 (3 oz) pkg jello You can use any flavors you want (I’ve been using 2 packets and still had some leftover)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 min at 350 on lined baking sheets. Cool on baking sheets 2 min. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.

Credit to http://www.iheartnaptime.net/jello-cookies/.

Once I got past being afraid of the mixer (have your laugh, go ahead), everything else went smoothly and it was super fun. Next time, I know I’m going to make them smaller and not put nearly as much Jell-O  on the 1-inch balls. These are super sugary – but delicious. I chose strawberry, berry blue and lemon to use. Strawberry is one of my favorites so I actually used that for 2 of the sections instead of one.

I’d consider them a success as Matt has already eaten one of each and I’ve had a strawberry. He declared the strawberry his favorite. Here are my beautiful cookies!

Other than that, we only left the house to get a few things from the store and go to Hot Heads. It was one of the best Saturdays ever. I also scrapbooked a little more of our honeymoon album. I’m in to the Hollywood Studios portion of our honeymoon and so glad to be back into scrappin’!!

Last night we went out to Larosa’s and a movie with Matt’s parents. I was never really into the Bourne series because it confused me but this one was really good. Matt even said that it answered some questions on how Jason is able to do all of the things he can do. Now I want to watch the others again. My brother would be proud. One thing that I did call them out immediately on was her fake passport photo. She was wearing her glasses. I have glasses and I can tell you for a fact they don’t allow you to wear them in the pictures for passports. Boom. Caught.

After the movie, we went to back to their house to see Max and Matt’s dad told me that besides the people who live there, Max has warmed up to me the most. 🙂 He’s so adorable!! He looks like grandma’s old dog Pebbles and last night, as weird as this sounds, he even smelled like him.

Tomorrow we’re taking Matt’s sister, her husband and our niece to her first Reds game. It’s a Cardinals one and whoever wins this one *cough*us*cough* wins the series. She’ll get a first game certificate and a Gapper cup (that they only give to kids…jerks). We even got seats in the shade for her. Heres to hoping she’ll enjoy it!

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