Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.
Yummy Pudding Flavor in Every Bite!
How to Make Pudding Cookies
Spritz cookies are a holiday tradition and favorite in my family—I've been making them for as long as I can remember. I'm always looking for new and different ways to make and enjoy these delicious cookies all year long. This spritz cookie recipe is similar to traditional spritz cookie recipes but with instant lemon pudding thrown in the mix. I love using Jell-o in my kitchen (especially to make my Strawberry Jell-o Poke Cake) and this is another treasured Jell-o recipe. With so many flavors and colors of Jell-o brand gelatin and pudding, the possibilities for spritz cookie platters are almost endless. There's a flavor and color for just about every holiday and celebration. These easy but fancy little lemon cookies are an instant hit just waiting for you to bake them. Whether you're looking for easy to make cookie dough for your cookie press or recipes with lemon pudding, this recipe is a keeper!
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Lemon Pudding Cookies Recipe
Ingredients for Lemon Spritz Cookies
- 3 and 1/2 Cups Flour
- 3 Sticks (1.5 cups) Butter, Softened
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Package Instant Lemon Jell-o Pudding, (3.4 ounces)
- 1 Egg
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Pudding Cookie Recipe for Quick and Easy Cookies
This is The Wilton Cookie Press Used in this Article
How to Make Lemon Cookies with Jell-o Instant Pudding Mix
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- In bowl, cream butter, sugar, and gelatin together with electric mixer until fluffy.
- Mix in egg and vanilla.
- Gradually add flour and baking powder. Mix well until soft, crumbly dough forms.
- Load dough into cookie press and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Allow one inch in between cookies.
- Bake in 400° F oven for 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool before removing.
Easy Bake Cookies
Tips for Making Jell-o Spritz Cookies
- Make sure to prepare your dough as instructed. When made properly, this cookie dough comes out perfectly and is the easiest cookie dough I have ever worked with. It's not sticky at all.
- Be sure your butter is soft and not melted. Soft butter yields light cookies while melted butter yields denser cookies.
- I have the best success with my cookie press when using room temperature cookie dough and an ungreased cookie sheet. I'm a parchment paper fiend any other time, but the cookies grab and release so much easier with just a clean cookie sheet.
- If your cookie designs seem disconnected when pressed, don't worry. Slight spacing is okay. The separate cookie sections do "melt" and meld together to form one pretty cookie. You can also slightly flatten your cookies with the back of a spoon if desired. This is helpful if some of your cookies look a little "rough" on top where the cookie dough separated from the press.
- Some cookie press designs are difficult to decorate with sprinkles—unless the cookie surface is flat or concave. To make life easier, I mix my sprinkles directly into my dough before loading it into the barrel of my press. This means sprinkles stay put—no stragglers and no wasted and burned sprinkles. Use a little bit for a peekaboo effect or an entire bottle for heavy coverage and extra whimsy. I love both looks.
- Allow your lemon spritz cookies to completely cool before moving as they can be fragile when fresh out of the oven.
How to Decorate Spritz Cookies the Easy Way
Easy Pudding Cookies for Any Occasion
These lemon cookies taste lovely and are perfect to enjoy year-round. Using lemon instant pudding is quick and inexpensive. This method is perfect if you want to make lemon spritz cookies but can't find lemon extract or flavoring (or if you just prefer to buy an inexpensive box of Jell-o versus an entire bottle of flavoring). I love using this method and I hope you will too. What's your favorite cookie press design disk to use? What colors and flavors of Jell-o are you most excited about baking with? Happy baking!
Flower Jello Spritz Cookies
© 2014 Heather
Julie Pleinis on October 09, 2018:
Love these cookies. My first batch were lemon shaped pumpkins. We like them so well we had to find pumpkin flavored pudding for our pumpkin cookies.
Julie MUHR on August 30, 2018:
could i make half of the recipe
Shizette on February 13, 2018:
These look delicious! Love lemon cookies and lemon pudding, but I have never thought of adding the 2 together! Will definitely try this :)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 14, 2015:
So where was I when this came out originally? How strange for me to miss it, Heather. Well, thankfully, I saw it on Facebook. Thanks for another wonderful idea.
Linda on December 06, 2015:
Can you make and freeze then glaze later?
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 08, 2015:
Hmm....Yummy. I love the recipe. I'll show this hub to my mom. I hope she'll like it. Good job and voted up. Have a nice weekend!
Rana Steed from Texas on May 07, 2015:
These would be great for wedding or baby showers. Can't wait to try this recipe!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 06, 2015:
How cute these are and they are so easy to make...love that. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Congrats on HOTD
Angels are on the way to you today ps
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 06, 2015:
These look fantastic. Congratulations!
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 06, 2015:
These look fantastic. Congratulations!
torrilynn on May 06, 2015:
these lemon spritz cookies look absolutely amazing. i can't wait to try out this recipe sooner rather than later. thanks for the useful hub.
Molly Layton from Alberta on May 06, 2015:
Yum! This looks so good. I'll have to try this out sometime.
poetryman6969 on May 06, 2015:
The cookies look very tasty. Love to have some. Voted up.
Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 06, 2015:
Congrats on HOTD! I had a cookie press, but when I downsized I got rid of it because I moved into a tiny apartment. I still make tons of cookies, but I miss my cookie press!
Your presentation of this recipe is excellent. I like the way you wrote the ingredients onto the photo.
Voted UP, etc. and shared.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on May 06, 2015:
There's just something about lemon and springtime, and lemon and spritz cookies. What a perfect combination you've discovered here - the recipe sounds great and your pictures are awesome! Congratulations on your well-deserved HOTD!
Virginia Kearney from United States on May 06, 2015:
I've made cakes using pudding and jello but not tried cookies. I'm voting this up and pinned. I'll be trying it soon! I don't use my cookie press enough! Great photos and I love the way you did the ingredients photos wit the caption. I'll have to try that.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 06, 2015:
Heather, congrats on HOTD! I'm not a big lemon fan, but I'm willing to try this recipe someday. Voted up for useful!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on May 06, 2015:
Congratulations on the HOTD! This sounds a yummy recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.
Mcjohnsonh on February 05, 2015:
How many cups of butter are you using?
MegJones710 on November 29, 2014:
So can any flavor jello/pudding be used??
Heather (author) from Arizona on February 09, 2014:
@prestonandkate-- Thanks so much for the visit and great comment. I'm glad you enjoy my Hubs. I really love working in the kitchen AND taking photos. I never imagined I'd be doing both in this fashion but I certainly love every minute and every new dish and project. Thanks again :)
Preston and Kate from the Midwest on January 29, 2014:
So this nothing to do with the recipe. But, your pictures, formatting, and text are wonderful! I think you have a great eye and some great skill formatting your pictures and their text...and taking the pictures! Nice work on this hub and many others! -Kate
Heather (author) from Arizona on January 17, 2014:
peachpurple-- Thanks so much for the visit and comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub. I certainly couldn't have made such pretty cookies without my cookie press. Thanks again :)
peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 17, 2014:
oooooo..... so beautiful cookies! How did you do that??? I could never bake such pretty cookies. Voted awesome
Heather (author) from Arizona on January 09, 2014:
@esatchel-- I know exactly what you mean. I have so much fun with my cookie press/gun that I too am trying to branch out and use it for other holidays so I can enjoy my favorite cookies. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting :)
@ChitrangadaSharan-- Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm glad you stopped by and shared a comment :)
@randomcreative-- Thanks for commenting! I too have such great memories of making these cookies with my mother. Her cookie press was electric and I do favor it over my manual one, but oh well. Thanks again.
@Eiddwen-- I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment :)
@bearnmom-- Thanks for stopping by. I'm quite excited to make a few flavors that I haven't tried before. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub and thanks for commenting :)
@purl3agony-- I began adding sprinkles to the dough a few Christmases ago. It was a happy accident that happened mostly due to laziness but I guess we'll call it creativity ;) Thanks for stopping by and all your support :)
PDGreenwell from Kentucky on January 08, 2014:
My one regret about this past Christmas season is that I did not use my cookie spritzer! Boo! Maybe I'll make lemon cookies for Easter!
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 03, 2014:
These look so cute and yummy! I would love to make them for my family as well.
Thanks for sharing the details and helpful pictures!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 02, 2014:
My mom had a cookie press when I was little, and we would make spritz cookies for Christmas. It's been years since I've done that! Brings back good memories. This recipe looks delicious. The cookies are adorable, and I can't believe that the ingredient list is so short.
Eiddwen from Wales on January 02, 2014:
Mmm another great recipe and thanks for sharing.
Laura L Scotty from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 02, 2014:
Great way to make these popular cookies. I'm sure you can substitute the other flavors to get your favorite tasting cookies. Thank you for sharing.
Donna Herron from USA on January 02, 2014:
Yum! I love the idea of adding sprinkles right in the dough :) Will have to give this recipe a try!