Gaiety Pastel Cookies

Linda Locke


I have known these cookies by several names; pastel cookies, gelatin cookies, and gaiety pastels. I learned to make these cookies over 20 years ago so I have forgotten who shared them with me but I still make them today. They are beautiful and versatile as you can make them in any flavor you like. My favorite is orange but I have used cherry and lemon and lime. They are the perfect springtime cookie because of their pastel coloring. They are dainty enough to use for showers and parties and especially for Easter! Make several batches in different flavors and colors for parties!

★★★★★ 9 votes
30 servings or 5 dozen cookies
30 Min
10 Min

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Can you say "adorable"?! I can't, because my mouth is full! These sweet little cookies are cute AND tasty. A great addition to any cookie tray or bake sale!


3 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
baking powder
1 1/2 c
butter, softened (3sticks)
1 c
1 pkg
gelatin, any flavor, reserve 1 tbsp. for glaze (small pkg)
1 tsp
vanilla extract


1 c
powdered sugar
1/4 tsp
vanilla extract
1 Tbsp
reserved gelatin dissolved in 1 tbsp. hot water

How to Make Gaiety Pastel Cookies


  • 1Preheat oven to 400.
  • 2Mix flour and baking powder; set aside.
  • 3Beat butter in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar and 1 pkg. of dry gelatin minus 1 tbsp. for icing. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • 4Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  • 5Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended.
  • 6Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place two inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • 7Flatten with the bottom of a clean glass.
  • 8Bake 8 to 10 minutes, watching carefully. Edges should turn slightly golden when the cookies are done.
  • 9Remove from baking sheets to wire racks and allow to cool completely.
  • 10For the glaze: mix together powdered sugar, vanilla, and reserved gelatin dissolved in hot water. Add more water one tablespoon at a time if needed to make the glaze liquid enough to drizzle.
  • 11Leave cookies on wire racks but put wax paper underneath to catch glaze. Using a spoon or measuring cup with spout, drizzle glaze on cookies in any fashion you like. A little glaze is just as good as a lot of glaze.

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About Gaiety Pastel Cookies

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Collection: Spring Recipes
Hashtags: #gelatin, #Spring, #easter