Holidays, special occasions, cheer up gifts…I like to give gifts that show ‘I Care’ ! Somehow expensive gifts with ‘money’ written all over them are not my thing…so me and my kids are making these cookie pops for our collection of edible Christmas/New year gifts.
Not only they are economical but have a long storage life so can be baked and wrapped in advance. These cute and tasty cookie pops have never failed to bring shine to eyes of the receivers …and I’m not talking about just kids 😉 My husband, after eating a whole batch, has asked me to bake a boxful for his office colleagues too !!!
Enjoy baking and sharing 🙂

For Cookie Pops :

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond flavouring
1/2 teaspoon salt

This Is What You Do :

Mix butter, sugar, egg, salt and flavouring in a bowl , beat till light and fluffy. Add flour and keep mixing till the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic sheet and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat oven at 160 degrees C. Flour a work top, divide the dough into two balls. Roll out dough on floured surface, almost 1/4 inch thick. Dip the cookie cutter in flour before cutting a shape out of dough, it makes the cookies slip out of the cutter. Cut your desired shapes, I used heart, Christmas tree and star. Slowly insert the end of the cookie stick into the bottom of the cookie, with a slow, turning motion to minimize breakage of the dough. If the dough breaks or pointed end of the stick pops out, patch it up with a tiny bit of dough with your fingers.

Using a spatula, carefully place the cookies over an ungreased cookie sheet or baking tray. Bake for 15 minutes or till the edges of the cookies turn golden. Repeat with all the dough. Let the cookie pops cool down completely before you spread icing over them.

Makes 3 dozen 2 inch cookies

For Sugar Icing :

2 cups confectioners/icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
A drop almond flavouring
Food colours of your choice

This Is What You Do :

In a bowl mix sugar, milk and almond flavouring till they make a smooth paste. If you want to colour your cookies with more than one colour, divide the paste into smaller bowls. Mix different colours in different bowls, add a little colour at a time and mix thoroughly until the desired shade is reached.

Spread over cooled cookies immediately. If the icing begins to get hard, use a few drops more milk. If its too runny, add more sugar. If you want to add sugar sprinkles, add while the frosting is still fresh so that they stick to the cookies.

Tips For Making A Bouquet :

* I took an unbreakable glass, wrapped it in a shiny gift wrapping paper.
* filled the glass with some confetti to make the pop sticks stay firm in their place. You can also use a piece of styrofoam wrapped in tissue paper.
* arranged the pops as you would arrange flowers in a vase.
* you can also individually wrap them in pretty gift wrappers and tie the end with a ribbon.
You can fill them up in an airtight jar without sticks and decorate the jar.
* ice lolly sticks, wooden skewers and chopsticks do quite well if you cant find special cookie pop sticks.

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