How to Make Lemon Pudding Spritz Cookies

Updated on February 18, 2020
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Heather Rode enjoys photography, baking, antiques, and hair care.

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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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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 150+ Bite-Sized Spritz Cookies

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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

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How to Make Lemon Cookies with Jell-o Instant Pudding Mix

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In bowl, cream butter, sugar, and gelatin together with electric mixer until fluffy.
  3. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add flour and baking powder. Mix well until soft, crumbly dough forms.
  5. Load dough into cookie press and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Allow one inch in between cookies.
  6. Bake in 400° F oven for 5-7 minutes. Allow to cool before removing.

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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.

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Heather Says

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!

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      Julie Pleinis 

      22 months ago

      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.

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      Julie MUHR 

      23 months ago

      could i make half of the recipe

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      2 years ago

      These look delicious! Love lemon cookies and lemon pudding, but I have never thought of adding the 2 together! Will definitely try this :)

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      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.

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      4 years ago

      Can you make and freeze then glaze later?

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      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      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!

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      Rana Steed 

      5 years ago from Texas

      These would be great for wedding or baby showers. Can't wait to try this recipe!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      How cute these are and they are so easy to that. Thank you for sharing this with us.

      Congrats on HOTD

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These look fantastic. Congratulations!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      These look fantastic. Congratulations!

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      5 years ago

      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.

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      Molly Layton 

      5 years ago from Alberta

      Yum! This looks so good. I'll have to try this out sometime.

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      5 years ago

      The cookies look very tasty. Love to have some. Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      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.

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      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!

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      Virginia Kearney 

      5 years ago from United States

      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.

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      Kristen Howe 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Heather, congrats on HOTD! I'm not a big lemon fan, but I'm willing to try this recipe someday. Voted up for useful!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Congratulations on the HOTD! This sounds a yummy recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

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      5 years ago

      How many cups of butter are you using?

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      5 years ago

      So can any flavor jello/pudding be used??

    • Heather Says profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Arizona

      @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 :)

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      Preston and Kate 

      6 years ago from the Midwest

      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

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      6 years ago from Arizona

      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 :)

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      oooooo..... so beautiful cookies! How did you do that??? I could never bake such pretty cookies. Voted awesome

    • Heather Says profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Arizona

      @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 :)

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      6 years ago from Kentucky

      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!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      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!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another great recipe and thanks for sharing.


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      Laura L Scotty 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      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.

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      Donna Herron 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yum! I love the idea of adding sprinkles right in the dough :) Will have to give this recipe a try!


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