Chocolate Chip Orange Jello Cookies

Jaycee wanted to cook something today.  Her idea was to add my cinnamon/sugar mix to water.  I told her, "Please don't waste my cinnamon/sugar!!"  She was also playing in the drink mix packets.  So, we decided to come up with our own recipe.  I thought we could make something chocolate chip and orange.  And, maybe we could use an orange drink to flavor whatever it was going to be.   We, unfortunately, did not have orange Koolaid.  But, we did have orange jello mix.  So, we came up with a recipe using Orange Jello--well, it wasn't really *Jello*--I think it was Royal brand.  

The cookies ended up being puffy.  They looked like the hard, crunchy, crumbly ball cookies that people make at Christmas time.  You're gonna have to forgive me, because I can't think of what they're called right now!  They were a cross between that and a regular cookie.  They were soft, but not chewy.  Logan just told me, "Oh my gosh!  These are the best.  cookies.   ever.  So, okay.  I guess our experiment worked out pretty well.

Here is the recipe if you'd like to try them

Chocolate Chip Orange "Jello" cookies
1 cup of Crisco or other vegetable shortening
(1) 1.4 oz. box of Orange gelatin mix
2/3 cup white sugar
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose white flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
chocolate chips (1/2 cup--or as many as you like)

Cream together shortening, gelatin mix and sugar.

  Add the egg and mix until combined well.  Add the milk and vanilla extract.  Mix until well combined.  In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the flour mix slowly to the wet ingredients and mix together until mixed well.  Fold in chocolate chips.

I used my cookie scoop.  The cookies will not change shape! 

I flattened the second batch with my little spatula.  The rest I just left in the shape of the cookie scoop.  Cook at 375 degrees for 7 - 9 minutes.  All ovens vary.  Remember that they won't flatten!

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