Make Christmas Magic
Think about how much fun it would be to make Lollipop Sugar Cookies with your kids. You can encourage their creativity and allow them full rein to decorate their cookies, limited only by their imagination. Lollipop Sugar Cookies are easy to make and fun to create, and kids love projects like this. Of course, if preferred, you could always make them after the kids are asleep and include one or two in their stockings as a Christmas surprise!
Baking cookies in my family became a Christmas tradition. Decorating them was, of course, more fun than the actual mixing and baking them. But then, there was a lesson learned through this experience that planning and preparation are required before there are rewards to be reaped—uh, I mean, eaten.
“It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”
Christmas ~ “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” as the song goes. When I was little my mother made Christmastime wonderful, with the preparations, the baking, the shopping, the little surprises I was sure to receive on Christmas Day. It was just magic! We never had a lot, but she always managed to provide at least one thing that she knew would delight a little girl. When I grew up and had my own children, I tried always to make Christmas a wonderful time for them too, by doing the things my mother did for me. That’s what the holidays are all about…family traditions. I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful, magic Christmas and bake lots of cookies together.
Lollipop Sugar Cookies
Time Noted Includes Dough Refrigeration
Prep time: 10 min plus 3 or more hours chill time
Bake time: 8 to 10 minutes
Yields: 2 dozen cookies
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon and 1 teaspoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 24 to 30 sucker sticks or flat ice cream sticks
- Assorted decorations;
- baking chips
- red hots
- colored sugars
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine butter, sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
- Beat at medium speed with electric mixer until well blended, then beat in egg.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
- Mix into creamed mixture gradually, at low speed until just blended.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
- Form dough into 1 and 1/2-inch balls.
- Push ice cream stick into center of each ball.
- Place balls 3-inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Flatten balls to 1/2-inch thickness with large, smooth, greased and floured spatula.
- Decorate as desired, pressing the decorations gently into the dough.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet.
- Remove cookies to wire rack and cool completely and tie a ribbon at the base of the cookie.
- If you are taking these to someone away from your home, wrap in plastic wrap before you tie the bow.
Tips on Decorations to Use:
You’ll need a varied batch of holiday decorations for your cookies. Think flavor, but also think color. Make them taste good, but since we “eat” with our eyes too, make them colorful and festive. After all, these are fun little cookies on a stick, so make them look fun too.
Keep The Design Simple
Since you are decorating these cookies before baking, always use decorations that will withstand oven heat. If they are decorations that run a bit, like the colored sugars, that’s okay if you just want them colorful. But if you’re trying to put a specific picture on them, like Santa and his reindeer and a bag full of toys, it may not come out as you’d like. Keep the design simple and colorful, and they’re sure to be a hit with everyone! By the way, if you’d like to do the more detailed cookie, you might like my recipe for Painted Christmas Cookies.
Cookie Dough Calls For A Strong Mixer
I’ve burned out two hand mixers mixing stiff cookie dough, but no more! Now I have a mixer with what is called Power Burst, which means when the dough is too stiff for the usual gears, you have one to shift into that gives you more power. Think of it as driving a truck and going up a steep hill…you need to shift gears to reach the top. That’s what the power burst does for you, gets you up that hill of stiff dough. Mixing cookie dough is really tough, as any cookie baker will tell you. It’s a thick, heavy dough that is difficult to work with a mixer and nearly impossible to do by hand. If you want to make cookies during the holidays, make sure you have a mixer that will handle the job of multiple batches. Hand mixers usually are not strong enough, but stand mixers will handle the toughest dough.
Since it’s important that these cookies turn out to be the very best you can bake, you might want to consider these Airbake baking sheets. Your cookies won’t burn on these in the few moments it takes to bake them because they consist of two layers of aluminum with a layer of air between the two. I’ve used mine for years and the cookies come out perfect every time.
Sucker sticks or flat popsicle sticks for these cookies may be found here at this link:
Happy Baking and a Merry Christmas!