These are the cookie pops we spoke of yesterday - the ones that made it into the army of brown paper bags. These cookies, baked on lollipop sticks, are the brainchild of Amanda, from Amanda's Cookin, a blog that I have extolled as extremely virtuous in the past.
Amanda made these in many different shapes, including the obvious round cookie-pops, plus heart shaped ones, rainbow shaped ones and a whole slew of shamrock themed ones. We made hamentasch shaped ones - that is to say, we made triangle shaped ones.
The recipe and really very easy and detailed instructions can be found here. Like Amanda, I used gel colors from Wilton to color my dough. Whenever I use these colors to make colored fondant for a cake, my hands always become stained - even when I wash my hands right away. Just keep in mind that this might not be the project for you if you are, how shall I say this, planning any ritual bathing in the next day or two. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then just keep on moving to the next paragraph. If you do understand me, then just know that there is another way to color the dough. Pop the piece of uncolored dough into a sandwich bag, drop some color into the bag, seal it up without any trapped air inside and kind of smoosh the dough around with the color. It might not be perfect, but at least your hands will be clean, and more important than clean, unstained.
To make the hamentasch shaped cookie-pops, I followed the directions for the round cookie pops. Once I had all my round cookies made, I inserted a lollipop stick into each one and then just sort of patted the dough into a triangle. I had toyed with the idea of putting sprinkles in the center to act as the hamentaschen's filling, but I didn't. I'm pretty sure it was because the baby woke up.
Once the cookies were shaped and baked and cooled, we wrapped them. I had considered buying those very nice lollipop bags from AC Moore, but then I didn't. Not cause the baby woke up, but because I realized I could just use plastic sandwich bags - the kind that don't have a seal on top, the kind that just fold over - because those come 200 in a box of 1.99 as opposed to the fancy lolly bags that come 30 in a box for $6.99. Slight price difference there.
I wrapped each cookie in a bag, placing the top tip of each triangle cookie in a corner of the bag and wrapping the bag behind the cookie so the seal was tight. Then I just tied ribbon around the top of the lolly stick and presto, fancy lollypop cookies. My kids were in awe, and the cookies even tasted good, something that doesn't always happen when we try fancy. But the kiddies were happy and sometimes it's nice to make your kid's day with a cookie.
This is a super fun project to do with the kids and I would for sure make these again when the kids are home. They can even do most of it themselves, once they get the hang of rolling the dough. A excellent fine motor skill activity, if you will. And what could be better than a fine motor skill project that ends in snacktime? Nothing. That's what.
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