February 13, 2011

Valentines Day Treats: Cookies on a stick

Valentines Cookies on a Stick.

It may not be apparent yet to my readers but I do like making things on a stick and having them in a little bouquet in my living room or by more door for guests to snack on or take home with them at parties.  Yesterday we had some people over so I made some sugar ( and non pictured gingerbread) cookies on a stick to add to a bouquet of chocolate pops (post to come).




Ingredients
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Food Colouring ( I use gel colouring to avoid adding extra moisture) a little goes a long way


Directions
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth.
2. Beat in eggs and vanilla. 
3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. then stir into wet ingredients
4. knead dough together, divide into balls and colour as you would like
5. wrap balls with cellow wraps, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on a powdered sugar surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely

*to put your cookies on a stick I just press the stick into the back of the cookie so that the sides are completely covered and the cookie will lock the stick in place if you try and stick the stick in the bottom of the cookie up through it you will break the shape!
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 here is my dough after being dyed

I like the marbled look


not the undyed ball I'll show you what I did with that at the end. so keep reading.


 





On this day I had some little helpers to roll and cut out the cookies

you can see in the corner the cookies on the stick waiting to be cooked.








With the leftover dough I rolled it into balls and then with a flat bottomed cup and some icing sugar I flatten the balls.  With these cookies i put them on a cookie sheet in my freezer for an hour or so then placed them in a freezer bag to bake at a later date .  this works with most cookies and is a great way to not only have too many cookies when you first bake them but also for having just a few at a later date with out having to mix up a whole batch,  Just pull out what you want let them sit on the counter for 15 min or so and cook as normal ( I sometimes just use my toaster oven to bake 3 or 4 cookies)


and of course you could make some royal icing and decorate these in any way you would like.


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