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With February just around the corner, I've been seeing Valentine treats galore on Pinterest. This particular treat was more of an experiment for me; I was determined to try making cookie pops, similar to my Golden Snitch Snickerdoodle Cookie Pops, only Valentine themed. It was harder than I thought, as I realized about halfway into the process; but the end result was worth it. It was a lot of fun decorating the cookie pops. Who knew a cookie on a stick could be so much fun?
For these cookie pops, I made my mom's Crisp Cutout Sugar Cookies recipe; I've been making this recipe for as long as I can remember.
Once my cookie dough had chilled (I chilled mine overnight), it was time to roll it out and cut out the heart shaped cookies. I will say that when I make these again, I will cut my cookies just a bit thinner. I had a simple heart cookie cutter that I used, along with a mitten and a double heart cookie cutter. After cutting out the cookies, place them, one at a time, onto an ungreased baking sheet. Then place the cookie pop sticks on each cookie, pressing down just a bit. Cut out another thin cookie to place over the top of the stick. Crimp the edges all around, making sure the cookies are pressed together well, but edges are still smooth, retaining the shape of the heart, mitten, etc. Bake cookie pops at 425° for about 8-10 minutes. They'll puff up somewhat. Lay cookies out on a paper towel, and let cool.
When cookies have cooled well, the fun begins. You can make a simple sugar cookie icing out of powdered sugar, butter, cream, vanilla, and almond extract. We used three different colors; I normally shy away from coloring as much as possible, because I don't like to feed it to my kids. It's an occasional special treat. You can use whatever your heart desires to decorate, things like sprinkles, colored sugar, candy hearts, etc. Once you've decorated your cookies to the hilt, they're ready to eat or gift. Though my cookie pops are definitely far from perfect, they were really fun to make, once I halfway figured out what I was doing. They're definitely a fun project to work on with kids (especially the decorating part). Enjoy!
- 1 batch Crisp Cutout Sugar Cookie, link below
- Easy Sugar Cookie Icing, link below
- Make 1 batch of Crisp Cutout Sugar Cookies, using your preferred cookie cutters. Keep dough cold as it becomes sticky and hard to handle when warm.
- After cutting out the cookies, place them, one at a time, onto an ungreased baking sheet.
- Then place the cookie pop sticks on each cookie, pressing down just a bit.
- Cut out another thin cookie to place over the top of the stick.
- Crimp the edges all around, making sure the cookies are pressed together well, but edges are still smooth, retaining the shape of the cookie cutter.
- Bake cookie pops at 425° for about 8-10 minutes. They'll puff up somewhat.
- Cool cookies on a wire rack. They will crisp as they cool.
- Decorate each cookie pop with Easy Sugar Cookie Icing and sprinkles, as desired. Enjoy!