Monday, September 27, 2010

DB: Sugar Cookie Pops



The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” . Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

I made these sugar cookie pops as part of the baking catering I did for a co-worker for her grandson's dedication earlier this year. I didn't have time to do intricate sugar cookies this month so I apologize, but wanted to share these with you for Daring Baker's this month as I'm pretty happy with how they turned out and back when I originally made them, it certainly was a challenge!

I have never made cookie pops before but these turned out so well that I would definitely do it again. I made the sugar cookies a little thicker than normal and reinforced the backs of the sticks with extra dough. Not one fell off the stick even when the kids bit into them. The feedback I received was that they were the highlight of the party. They were such a huge hit that the kids just held onto them and admired them, not wanting to eat them for the longest time. Aww... I love that I can make people happy with my baking. It brings a smile to my face.
One more thing: I can't speak highly enough about this sugar cookie icing recipe (below). It is the kind of icing you'd find at a bakery. It dries shiny, smooth and hard enough to stack the cookies. It is a pleasure to work with and very yummy!




Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Makes 15 cookie pops | Adapted from Land-O-Lakes

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder

1. Combine butter, sugar and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).

2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Press the lollipop sticks into the cookies then cover the sticks with a small, flattened piece of dough so the stick is not visible. Flip the cookie over and place onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets. Cool completely before frosting.



Better than Bakery Icing
adapted from allrecipes.com

1 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoons milk
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring
In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar and milk until smooth. Add corn syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If icing is too thick, add more corn syrup.

23 comments:

Helene said...

That must have taken a lot of time. They are beautiful.

Good Timing said...

These are so cute. :)

gratinee said...

Those look fantastic!

Jennifer said...

These are just too adorable!!!!!! I love your decor too! beautiful!

gypsym said...

How beautiful!
It is such a satisfying feeling when people enjoy something you've created.
That's so sweet how the kids admired them before biting in to the undoubtedly delicious treats. That's such a sweet non-verbal compliment.

I'll definitely be giving that icing a try. You can never have too many icing recipes on hand. :]

-Edie

Katie said...

What wonderful looking cookies! I've tried royal icing on my sugar cookies before but it never seems to dry hard enough. I'll definitely be trying your recipe!

dana said...

Tia,

They look awesome! Where can I find the sticks?? Thanks.

Tia said...

Dana, you can get the sticks from Michael's in the cake baking section along with wedding cake stuff, piping tips, stuff like that. Walmart supercentres and even some dollar stores have them. Good luck!

Lynnylu said...

You are so talented! I love the cookie pops! Lovely colors!

Jacque said...

Oh, those are completely adorable! I"m glad they were such a big success :)

Cathy B. said...

darling!! wonderful job!

Sue said...

Your cookie pops turned out so well! Very cute! That lemon pull-apart loaf looks fantastic too! YUM!

E.K.R said...

Love your cookies! Great idea to put them on sticks and make cookie pops! :)

chef_d said...

Those are beautiful sugar cookie pops! I love the colors you used and the shape is adorable, great job on this challenge!

Christina said...

Your little bears are so adorable!

Catalina said...

Oh yes, the feeling you made someone happy is the real treasure :) I thnik it doesn't matter whether you did or did'nt make the challenge cookie recipe, because your cookie pops look beautifully and it did its part: it made someone happy :) And that's what matters :)

Aparna said...

Love your "bear" pops! They must be cutest bears around. :)

Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet said...

Lovely little bears, popping food on sticks always makes it so cute.

Sirius73 said...

I like the idea of putting the cookies on a stick! Also, they're very delicately decorated. Congratulations!

Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer said...

So so so cute!

bake in paris said...

Like the cookie pops idea! And the color and detailing are just so beautiful... So make me feel the mood of celebration here...

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

Nadia said...

great cookies pops

Lynn said...

These are gorgeous! I've never made cookie pops either, but it seems like these are real winners. Going to print out the recipe; thanks for sharing.