Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is this week? If you’re like me, you’re probably scouring Pinterest right now for a cute, hand-made Valentine you can throw together for your little one’s party at preschool. Or maybe you just need something fun to give out to friends and relatives. Well, look no further! We’ve got a yummy Valentine’s Day treat for you today, with a matching printable.
I love baking cookies. And I especially love decorating them. These cookie pops are one of my favorite ways to serve them. Kids love them (I mean, what kid doesn’t love food on a stick!?) and they’re really easy to package as gifts.
Sugar Cookie Pops
What you’ll need:
- Sugar Cookie Dough (This is my favorite recipe, or you could just buy dough or a mix at the store)
- Lollypop Sticks
- Piping Icing (I used Wilton’s Sparkle Gel)
- Flooding Icing (This Glacé Icing is my favorite)
Roll out the dough and cut out the cookies into whatever shape you desire. I chose to do big hearts for Valentine’s Day. Be sure you don’t roll the dough too thin (about 1/8 inch is perfect) and make sure it’s uniform the whole way around. Place the cut out cookies on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Press a lollypop stick about half-way up the back of each cookie. Don’t push it all the way through! You just want it firmly in the cookie, but you don’t want to break it.
Now, put the pan in the freezer for about 5 minutes. This will chill the dough and help the cookies retain their shape as they bake.
Bake the cookies according to the recipe you used for the dough and allow to cool. Once they are cool, it’s time to decorate!
Using the piping icing to trace the edge of your cookie. Allow that to set for a while to harden. Then, use the flooding icing to fill in the rest of the cookie. First, draw an outline near your piping outline, but not touching. Use a toothpick to guide the flooding icing to fill in the gaps.
I like to put my flooding icing into a squirt bottle so it’s easier to control, but you don’t have to! You can use a Ziplock bag with the corner cut out. The flooding icing is basically just filling in the rest of the cookie. Use the toothpick for all the finer details.
There are lots of different ways you can decorate the cookie pops. I drew hearts inside one another with the piping icing, then filled the two hearts with the flooding icing. You could also fill one big heart with flooding icing, then drop dots on top of it with the piping icing. Or use this technique to make little marbled hearts in your flooding icing.
Now comes the hard part — waiting for them to dry! Seriously, I am so impatient when it comes to letting my cookies dry. But it’s so important to wait. Allow them to dry overnight so there’s no chance they’ll be wet when you package them. You don’t want to ruin all that work you just did by smearing wet icing!
You can put these into individual cellophane bags and tie on your Valentines with a ribbon or twine!
And here’s the best part! Now that you’ve got your treats all ready, you can go do some fun Valentine’s Day activities with your little ones.
Happy Valentine’s Day!