Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sugar Cookie Pops!!

As some of you may know, a few weeks ago it was teacher appreciation week.  A few of the other parents from my daughter's preschool class and I thought it would be a wonderful idea to put some special things together for our kids' preschool teacher because she is just so wonderful and amazing with the kids and we wanted her to know just how much she means to all of us.  As the resident food blogger and creative baker of the group I was nominated to "make something yummy" for her.  Since one of the other moms suggested we do flowers I thought it would be fun to bake her some flowers to compliment her real flowers!  

Let me just say, cookie pops...WAY easier than cake pops.  Seriously, I would definitely do these again, though maybe I will put a bit more work and thought into decorating them.  The sprinkles I used didn't want to stay!  That and it was 10:00 at night by the time I got them decorated...better advanced planning would have made things a ton easier.  But what are you going to do when you forget to bake the dang things early enough to decorate them before going to work for the evening?! 

Carefully insert the lollipop sticks into the bottom of the cookie before baking.

Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.

Cool completely on a rack before trying to decorate them.

Sugar Cookie Cake Pops
Makes about 18 cookies
recipe adapted from the Wilton website

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 Vanilla Extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Lolli pop sticks
Pot or flower cookie kit (I found one at Michael's)

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy.  Add in the egg and mix until completely incorporated.  Mix in the baking powder, flour, milk, vanilla and salt and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about 1/8" in thickness.  Use whatever cutter you would like and set the cookies aside.  Once you are done cutting enough for a cookie sheet, carefully insert a lollipop stick into the base of the cookie, being sure that the stick is not poking through the front of the back. 

 Place on an lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until just slightly browned.  You don't want to over cook them, but you also don't want them too soft either or they may fall of the sticks.  Just check them often toward the end of the cook time.  Set on a cooling rack until completely cool.

Decorate the cookie pops with frosting, icing or any kind of sprinkles or decorations you would like when they are cool!  

These make great presents and are pretty yummy!

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