Cookie pops

What is it about treats on a stick that makes them so much more fun? Cake pops, corn dogs…there is an entire cookbook dedicated to food on a stick! I finally tried making cookie pops as party favors for my son’s 5th birthday, and they were a big hit with the little guys. They were also surprisingly easy to make. I have a few tips and techniques to share with you. These make wonderful little gifts, and depending on your cookie cutter collection, you can make them for any occasion.

5 Tips for Successful Cookie Pops

  1. Use a sugar cookie recipe that makes good rolled and cut cookies. I like this simple one from Our Best Bites.
  2. Roll the dough to no less than 1/4-inch thick between sheets of wax or parchment paper.
  3. Slide the dough onto a cookie sheet and chill for at least 15 minutes before cutting out your shapes.
  4. After cutting, set the cookies on a parchment or silicone mat-lined baking sheet and insert a cookie stick (buy them at your local craft or baking supply store). Press gently on the surface of the cookie with one hand and slowly push and twist the stick halfway into the cookie. Turn the cookie over gently and patch any holes with extra cookie dough.
  5. Freeze the unbaked cookie pops for 15 minutes before baking according to the recipe instructions.

When the cookies have cooled completely (I like to store them in an airtight container and decorate them the following day), decorate to your heart’s content. I simply spooned on this Glacé Icing and let them dry overnight before packaging my little balloon cookies. Next time I might try brownies on a stick!

 

Melissa Jerves writes about food, family and 21st century home economics on her blog, Home Baked.

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