Jelly Bean Cookies

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on April 7, 2011

There seems to be an abundance of candy in stores lately. Little egg-shaped gems of sugary goodness wrapped in bright, can’t-be-natural colors. They call out to me each year. And every year I resist, yet eventually give in. Because how can you say no to something that whispers so softly and sweetly to you from every corner of every store.


Normally I limit my consumption of jelly beans to one bag a season. I of course share a few with Hubs and the kiddo. If they happen to catch eating them. But this year, I have bought more than my fair share of bags. Maybe it’s the late Easter. Perhaps it’s pregnancy cravings. Possibly those bright colors are just the thing I needed this long and snowy winter/spring.

Or maybe, just maybe, my addiction to chocolate is turning into an addiction to jelly beans.


Whatever the reason, our house is full of bags upon bags of jelly beans. I could certainly eat these by the handful, day after day, and not tire of them. But I’m not sure if my blood sugar could handle that. Or if my family could handle the crash after, along with the crabbiness, tears and short temper. So, to save my and my families sanity, I’ve been experiment with some some fun Easter treats.


First up cookies. Of course. Always cookies. My first love. After chocolate that is.


Now, if only I could get these grubby little hands to stop snatching these babies, I could maybe enjoy one or two. Or 50. Whatever.


Jelly Bean Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Jelly Bean Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1-1/2 cups jelly beans, cut into pieces (one 10 oz package)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray two large cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix together butter and sugars until smooth and creamy.
  4. Add egg, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
  5. Slowly mix in flour and oats.
  6. Stir in jelly beans. Dough will be stiff.
  7. Drop spoonfuls of batter about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges are just turning to a light golden brown.
  9. Makes approximately 4 dozen.


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{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kate April 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Great idea! Grubby hands are always in the cookies….what gorgeous eyelashes!! :-)


2 Martha April 7, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Interesting looking cookies and an adorable little boy enjoying them! Thanks for hosting! and have a great weekend!!


3 Lorraine April 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment and the invite to link up here. Looking forward to perusing your sweet place :)
Kindly, Lorraine


4 Crystal & CO April 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Love those cookies! So springy!


5 yvette April 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

Allison, what a great idea…I once worked in a chocolate shop, selling also Jelly Belly beans…super indulgence with all those flavours…I haven’t had them for ages…I’ll have to indulge in a glucose sugar boost! These cookies are sooo colourful!


6 Trooppetrie April 8, 2011 at 7:35 am

HOLY COW BATMAN, this is the best thing I have heard in a long time. WOW heading to kitchen now, wait I must link up first. WOW


7 Allison April 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

LOL! Glad you are so excited about them!


8 Debbie April 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

I’m giving these a try with my grandchildren this weekend. Great idea!


9 Allison April 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Great idea! I hope everyone enjoys them.


10 Jessica April 8, 2011 at 8:11 am

Yum! How different and interesting! I bet that little guy was in heaven!


11 Corrine April 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

Thanks for hosting! I linked up date squares and coconut cream pie :) Have a great weekend!


12 Allison April 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Mmmm, can’t wait to check them out.


13 Apex April 8, 2011 at 8:50 am

I will try making these tomorrow. I can not wait Thanks


14 Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) April 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Hi Allison! I think you are going to love the recipe that I am sharing today- it’s chocolate! It is a Flourless Chocolate Cake. This recipe is gluten free, nut free and dairy free. it’s also pretty healthy because it only has 1/4 cup of sugar in the whole cake.
Thanks for hosting!


15 Allison April 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Oh man, I’m already drooling!


16 Sue April 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I made gumdrop cookies for Christmas, so jelly bean cookies are perfect for Easter!


17 Devi M. April 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Those are seriously so adorable! I would have never thought of using jelly beans in cookies!


18 Tiffanee April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Now this is my way of eating jelly beans. They look delicious and so festive!!


19 Tabitha Blue April 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Oh I bet our kids would just love these!!! :) Thanks for sharing this recipe, we certainly have a sweet tooth, though we try to eat healthy, haha.


20 Gina @Addicted Baker April 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm

How amazing does this look???? OMG I WANT THESE RIGHT NOW!


21 Amanda April 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

These cookies look amazing. They are going on my list of Easter treats to make:)


22 Allison April 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm



23 Kristy April 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Somehow I think my little boy would LOVE these!! :)


24 Ann Kroeker April 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Cute, cute, cute!
Yum, yum, yum!


25 Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook April 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Those grubby little hands are adorable :)
The cookies look like such a fun treat, I’d grab some, too!


26 Jade April 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Hey Allison – Thank you so much for the invite into your party!! {Hope it was okay to link up 3 different posts! 😉 } I’m loving your ideas and am your newest follower!


27 Allison April 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Of course it’s OK! The more the merrier.


28 katie April 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm

my kids (and husband) would LOVE these cookies! Also linked up my cupcakes :) Looking forward to browsing through all the goodies!


29 Little Brick Ranch April 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm

So sweet – I love to see those grubby little hands hard at work!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday! If you haven’t already, make sure to pop back over to enter my GIVEAWAY!!! Entries must be by Sunday evening and a winner will be picked Monday!!


30 Kate at April 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Hi Allison, thank you for inviting me to put my link up here on your blog. I’ve added a link from my post for the gluten-free raspberry banana muffins, I hope it has worked :)
I look forward to seeing everybody’s submissions each week, it seems like a good event to join in on.

Thanks again, and those cookies look delicious!



31 Chels R. April 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Thank you so much for inviting me to your linky party, I linked up my cookies :) I’m also following you :) Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for visiting my blog :)


32 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Those cookies are eye-popping gorgeous. I just linked up with my Meyer Lemon Sugar Cookies.


33 Alexis AKA MOM April 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Oh Goodness darling these are going to be a hit for Easter :)


34 Trisha April 13, 2011 at 6:35 am

Never though of Jelly Beans in a cookie … must be delicious. I have some cinnamon one which I’ll probably use to try this out… Thanks for sharing!


35 Brandi April 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

These turned out very well! Thanks for the recipe :)


36 Allison April 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm

So glad you liked them!


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