“Mom, I need 25 cookie pops for my class tomorrow,” my daughter said. What the…?
The school year is almost over. I really did think I’d make it a whole year without hearing the immortal words of my daughter, “I need this tomorrow.” Darn, so close!
There are a lot of things to do this time of year, and it wasn’t feasible to spend time and money baking goodies for the kids’ classrooms. I searched around for inspiration, but some of the projects I saw were overwhelming. I need a simple and fast solution.
Then I realised that I already had everything I needed to create cookie pops in my baking cupboard. Rather of driving myself crazy attempting to decorate 25 of them, I just coloured the cookie dough and created candy centres.
This cookie recipe was the one I chose since it did not need me to refrigerate the dough before rolling the balls of dough. I wouldn’t say that went off without a hitch. When I refrigerated the dough for approximately five minutes, it was great. I enjoyed using that recipe and plan to do it again. Before adding the flour, I included the food colouring, ensuring a uniform hue throughout.
Several cookie recipes I saw online instructed you to “gently put the sticks into the cookie” before baking. Maybe I was in a hurry, but I couldn’t get it to work without squashing the cookie into an unnatural form. Thus, I abandoned that strategy. In its place, I just pressed the stick into the cookie and then encased it in more dough. Easier than ever!!
For the candy centers, I used a candy mold that I already had. I would like to say that the color variety was intentional to be fun and creative, but the reality is that I was using up all of the leftover candy melts and chocolate that I had in the cabinet.
I prepared the candy according to the directions on the package. Melt candy. Fill molds. Chill. Not rocket science.
I kept them in the fridge while the cookies were baking. I sprinkled the candies into the warm cookies just after taking them out of the oven. The warm cookie melted the bottoms of the candy. This method eliminated the need for additional “glue,” such as chocolate or icing, to secure the candy to the cookie. Before putting them in their package, I refrigerated them again.
My daughter really adored them, and I was able to make them using materials lying around the home – Success.