Would you like to create some extra special cookies this year? Something that will be pretty enough for a centerpiece or a gift? You’ve stopped by the right blog! These cookie ideas are full of sugary sparkle and easy peezy to make!
First, “that moment.” The moment that an idea hits you and you have to make sure no one else caught you while you did your dorky “what an awesome idea I just had” dance! Mine was in Target the other day in the Christmas decorations section. I came across this beauty. I still have a candy cane version of this ornament that I got when I was little so the sparkly coating brings back fun, sugar plumlike memories.
Let’s get started!
Just roll out your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe (or there is a recipe at the end of this post) to about 1/4 inch thick & cut 2 1/2-3 inch circles out.
Place cookies on cookie sheet - I added a light coat of baking spray because we’re going to add sticks to these & I wanted to be sure they came off easily.
Gently place sticks into the cookie.
Bake as long as your recipe calls for. Smells great!
Pour some sugar onto a plate. Make sure you have plenty! We’re doing this now since we’re working with royal icing which dries very quickly.
Make up a batch of royal icing. You can find mixes that make it easy for you or you can find recipes online too. Divide icing in half and color
one half red. You can keep a damp towel over the royal icing to help keep it from hardening.
Using the white, make a swirl on each cookie like this.
Do the same in between the white swirls with the red. You can fill in a little but they don’t have to be perfect since lollipops are not perfect.
“Oh no, Mr Bill!” Gently press cookies into the sugar to coat with sugar and to press frosting flatter so that there’s no more gaps between the red and white frosting.
Out of control!
Once I got started with the sugar, I couldn’t stop so before I give you the big reveal, how about I show you a few of my other creations?
Wrapped peppermint candy
A little mitten with fluffy white sugary trim
Where did I get the energy for all of this?
I do believe this is the smallest amount I have ever dropped in a trip to Target!
And now for what happens when you stock up on Diet Coke and inspiration at Target!
Lollipop lollipop. Oh lolli lolli lolli. Lollipop lollipop…
Wait… maybe I didn’t even need to go in the store for inspiration. Oh well, I needed the Diet Coke energy anyhow.
Using an electric mixer, beat until very fluffy and well blended:
1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup (4.75 ounces) sugar
Add and beat in until evenly incorporated:
1 large egg
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
(Make sure you scrape down the sides of the bowl during this step to get a totally homogenized mixture before going on to the next step)
Stir in until well blended and smooth:
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
Roll out & cut into desired shapes, bake and decorate!