A Little Taste of Summer

I’m beginning to get a little tired of the rain around here. It’s May for heaven’s sake and it’s pouring outside. I want summer! I want to be able to open up my windows and smell the fresh air. I want to wear sandals and capris and not feel like I’m frozen. I want to eat ice cream and have picnics and play outside with my kids!

Watermelon reminds me of summer. Eating it outside in the backyard, the juice running down your chin and spitting the seeds in the grass. But apparently it’s not yet watermelon season so we had to come up with our own version of a watermelon. (And what better than cookies?!?!)

These cookies are tasty. They look like they should just taste like a typical sugar cookie but when you bite into them it’s a surprisingly delicious treat.

What you will need:

3/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup sugar
1 package (3 oz.) watermelon flavored gelatin
1 egg
red food coloring
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cups miniature chocolate chips
green sugar

Cream together the butter, sugar and gelatin powder until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Mix in about 8 drops of food coloring. Stir in the flour and baking powder. Blend well. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Divide the dough in half and shape into a log about 5 inches long. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the green sugar onto a plate or pie pan. Roll each log in it. Cut the dough into slices about 1/4 inch thick, then cut each slice in half. Place on a baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, just until firm. Cool for 3 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.


The gelatin powder adds so much flavor to these! They taste delicious and look (at least to me) like summer.

I’ve never “linked up” before and I’m excited to see how this works! Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, The Pumpkin Patch, for inviting me to link up with Messy Monday. This post isn’t super messy but I guess it depends on how many little hands are helping out =o)

Creations by Kara

Lucky Star Lane


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  1. Thanks for sharing some of these very clever cookies with me, Erin. They were delicious. The jello adds a lot of flavor. I bet the kiddies loved them.

  2. That’s very creative, I’ll bet their yummy. Thanks so much for the recipe. And don’t worry, Summer is just around the corner. Visiting from the Pumkin Patch, Messy Monday.

  3. We could use a little “taste of summer” here too! They are adorable and will be even cuter in July! Let me know if you make the aprons. Thanks for dropping by!

  4. I love it! we do “cooking class” every Friday, and these are on the menu for sure. My kids would love them. Thanks for sharing and for linking up to my party! I can’t wait to see what you come up with for next week. I also do a Transfor Tuesday party if you are interested. 🙂

  5. Those are so cute! I will make these. I think Jell-O does add a suprising taste to cookies. Thanks! Joni

  6. The cookies look so yummy! I am ready for summer. Thanks for stopping by The Craft Cave.

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I wish I had this recipe last summer for my sons 2nd birthday! I was looking for something like this! so cute!

  8. Those are so stinkin’ cute! I love them!

  9. These are SUPER cute! They would be great for a backyard bbq!

  10. These are adorable. What a great idea! These would be great to bring to a barbeque. Thanks!

  11. These cookies sound amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I can’t wait to try them!

  12. How adorable!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  13. Those are absolutely cute. What a fun treat!

  14. Great idea! I featured it on my blog today!


    Come grab a featured button!

    Thanks for linking up!


  15. These are super cute! I love watermelon! I’d love for you to link up at iheartnaptime.blogspot.com

  16. These are really cute! Thanks for linking up to Tuesday Tastes! You may have forgot your party favor button from my sidebar. When you have a chance, grab it or just link so your recipes qualify for the People’s Choice Award!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

    PS – You may want to do the same for your yummy cookie recipe!

  17. Yummy is all I need to say! This is so creative and fun! Stopping by from Lucky Star, I hope you can stop my newly launched blog!

  18. These look fantastic! I am going to make them for my luau kids party this summer!

  19. These do look like summer! Does the Jello make them really sweet? I am so glad you linked to Tuesday Tastes! I just put the People’s Choice Award poll up on my sidebar, when you have a chance, come vote!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  20. Cute. I’m thinking about having a watermelon party, I already have a few other food items, and this one is going on the list.

  21. These look great! Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday. I hope you’ll be back next week too!

    On another note, my friend writes for Macaroni Kid. It’s a website that details fun activities you can do with your kids, in your local area. She writes the North Sound newsletter. I don’t know if they have writers for Oregon yet, but she says it’s an easy way to make a little extra money. You should google Macaroni Kid and see if they have a writer in Oregon!



  22. Thanks for visiting my blog today and taking the time to leave your comment. I appreciate it very much. What a different idea for watermelon cookies. They look delicious!

  23. Perfect for the summer months.

  24. How cute are these! Love the green sugar coating. These would be perfect for a summer cookout – TFS! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  25. Be sure to check out my favs post tonight–you’re being featureed.


  26. How creative! These cookies are just fantastic!

  27. How adorable are those?!? I just love that idea, that would be the cutest thing for a summer party!

  28. Adorable cookies 🙂

  29. So cute! They sound yummy, too – great job!

  30. Ha such a adorable cookie!

  31. So cute!

  32. These are super cute! I tried to make them, but had a lot of trouble shaping them to look like that! How exactly do you roll the dough into such a neatly formed oval? And when I cut the slices from my totally unperfect oval-ish bump, they smushed up, so it wasn’t worth cutting them in half from there. They also spread out a lot while baking…and definitely don’t look like watermelon slices lol… still taste great! But any suggestions?? I did put the dough in the fridge for a while…

  33. Hi Lindsy – You HAVE to refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours. Then it won’t mush at all when you cut it. (Sometimes I dip my sharp knife in flour to help it not stick) but it shouldn’t on this recipe.

  34. When I was a kid my neighbor made cookies like this and I loved them. They moved away and I didn’t get the recipe, of course, because I was a kid! I’m hoping these will be similar! I can’t wait to make them!