Cherry & Chips Jello Cookie

I was looking up Jello recipes to see what I could see and I came across these brightly colored babies. I really do tend toward more naturally hued food but these just struck me as a little whimsical and ever so vaguely romantic. Maybe it's the time of year and all the pretty hearts every where. Regardless, they are fun cookies indeed. 

6 ounces shortening 
0.5 cup sugar
3 ounce packet cherry jello
0.25 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
Sugar for topping cookies 

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. 

Cream the shortening with the sugar. Add the jello. Cream until nearly smooth. Add the vanilla and milk. Mix thoroughly. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. It will look dry and a little crumbly. Mix in chips. 
Make the cookies into fat disks the cut into circles. Invert the cookies into the sugar. Place on parchment line cookies sheets. 
Bake 10 minutes.