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Welcome Spring with these soft and chewy Jelly Bean Cookies! Kids go crazy for this easy Easter dessert recipe, and the sweet treats are a great way to use up any leftover holiday candy!

Close up front shot of white plate piled high with jelly bean cookies

It can be tricky to come up with festive desserts that are also easily transported to school and 100% kid-friendly. While the grown-ups might prefer a coconut cake, a 7UP Pound Cake or a fresh Strawberry Pie on the holiday table, children will inevitably reach for these brightly colored Jelly Bean Cookies!

Three jelly bean cookies on a white plate

How to make Jelly Bean Cookies:

Start a new Easter baking tradition with your grandchildren, or share some holiday joy with your kids’ friends at school. These Jelly Bean Oatmeal Cookies are nut-free, can be prepared in advance, and are ready (from start to finish) in about 20 minutes! Plus, you only need one bowl and a handful of pantry staples…

Ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Light brown sugar and white granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Baking soda and baking powder
  • All-purpose flour
  • Quick oats
  • Small jelly beans

Make the basic cookie dough by creaming together the butter and sugars, adding the egg and vanilla extract, and finally mixing in the dry ingredients.

Jelly bean cookie dough in a green bowl

Fold in the jelly beans.

Scooping jelly bean cookie dough from a green mixing bowl

I used Starburst jelly beans here, but any similar small jelly beans will work!

Bowl of Starburst jelly beans

Drop the cookie dough onto parchment or silicone-lined baking sheets.

Jelly bean cookies on a baking sheet before going in the oven

Bake the cookies in a 350 degree F oven for 7-9 minutes, or just until they start to turn golden brown. Don’t bake them too long, or they will not be soft and chewy.

Front shot of jelly bean cookies cooling on a wire rack

Preparation and Storage Tips – Jelly Bean Cookies:

  • This cookie dough does not need to be chilled before baking; however, putting it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or up to 8 hours) before baking prevents the cookies from spreading and yields puffier, thicker cookies.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last on the counter for about 3 days. 
  • To extend the life of your cookies, wrap them tightly and freeze them for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the cookie dough before baking. This dough freezes best if you portion it into dough balls before freezing. Arrange the dough balls on baking sheets, freeze, and then wrap tightly in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. When ready to bake, just pull a couple of frozen dough balls from the oven and bake in a 350 degree F oven. You’ll need to add about 1-2 more minutes to the baking time since you’re starting with frozen dough.
Horizontal shot of a white plate full of jelly bean cookies

Cook’s Tips and Recipe Variations – Jelly Bean Oatmeal Cookies:

  • Any small jelly beans will work in this recipe. I used Starburst jelly beans (our favorite), but Jelly Belly or other brands are also great. If you’d like to use large jelly beans, I recommend cutting them in half before adding them to the dough.
  • To keep the cookies chewy and moist, remove the cookies from the oven when they’re just slightly browned (but still look a bit soft in the middle). They will firm up as they cool, but they will remain soft and chewy. If you want a crispy jelly bean cookie, bake these longer than the recommended 7-9 minutes. Finally, it’s important that you don’t over-mix the dough once you add the dry ingredients (which can result in tough, dry cookies).
  • I like how the quick oats blend into the cookies. If you prefer chewier, heartier oats in your cookies, you can use old-fashioned rolled oats instead. I do not recommend using steel cut oats.
  • Make sure that you line the baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. This prevents the jelly beans from sticking as they bake.
  • Have leftover jelly beans? Try other recipes using jelly beans like Jelly Bean Cake, Jelly Bean Bark, Jelly Bean Krispie Treats, or even Jelly Bean Donuts!
Jelly bean cookies on a white plate on a white marble surface

More easy cookie recipes that you might enjoy:

Close up front shot of white plate piled high with jelly bean cookies

Jelly Bean Cookies

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
0 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 118.1 kcal
Jelly Bean Cookies are a fun and easy Easter dessert — ready in 20 minutes with just one bowl!

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Slowly add the salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour and oats. Fold in the jelly beans.
  • Drop dough in rounded tablespoons on parchment or silicone-lined baking sheets. Bake for 7-9 minutes, or just until lightly golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

  • Any small jelly beans will work in this recipe. I used Starburst jelly beans (our favorite), but Jelly Belly or other brands are also great. If you’d like to use large jelly beans, I recommend cutting them in half before adding them to the dough.
  • To keep the cookies chewy and moist, remove the cookies from the oven when they’re just slightly browned (but still look a bit soft in the middle). They will firm up as they cool, but they will remain soft and chewy. If you want a crispy jelly bean cookie, bake these longer than the recommended 7-9 minutes. Finally, it’s important that you don’t over-mix the dough once you add the dry ingredients (which can result in tough, dry cookies).
  • I like how the quick oats blend into the cookies. If you prefer chewier, heartier oats in your cookies, you can use old-fashioned rolled oats instead. I do not recommend using steel cut oats.
  • Make sure that you line the baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats. This prevents the jelly beans from sticking as they bake.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 118.1kcalCarbohydrates: 19.3gProtein: 1.1gFat: 4.2gSaturated Fat: 2.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.1gCholesterol: 18.1mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 12.4mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 11.8g
Keyword: Easter cookies, jelly bean cookies
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan
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Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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    1. That’s so good to hear, Heidi! Thanks for taking the time to come back here and let me know!

  1. 5 stars
    I made these for Easter, something a little different. My whole family loved them! Will definitely make them again and again!