I {heart} Cookie Pops

Cookies on a stick. Does it get any smarter? And what a sweet treat for the little ones. These cookie pops will be all dressed up in bags with ribbon and heart tags for classroom gifts.

And here's a mini version that's nice for the preschool crowd. The teacher will thank you!

Cookie pops are simple to make and a great project with children.

All you need is:
My favorite sugar cookie recipe (you can halve the recipe for the minis or if you only need to make a few)
Heart cookie cutters
Wooden popsicle sticks or lolipop sticks (as shown above)
Candies or sprinkles for decorating
Cello or glassine bags
Ribbon and handmade tags

*Prepare my favorite sugar cookie recipe (from Martha Stewart, of course) the day before you want to bake the cookies and leave to chill in the fridge.
*When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees and remove dough from fridge, allow to warm up so that it is pliable.
*Lightly dust work surface with flour and assemble all items- rolling pin, cookie cutters, sticks
*Roll dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thickness (thick enough that when you slide the stick in it won't break the cookie)
*Cut out shapes and slide stick in from bottom point of heart to about half-way through the cookie
*Place on baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough
*Bake for 12-15 minutes (don't allow to brown)
*Allow to cool and then embellish with candies- add a dab of melted chocolate or royal icing to "glue" candies to cooled cookies
*Allow to sit overnight
*Wrap in bags and tie ribbon and tag on

Fun adaptations:
*half dip in chocolate and allow to set
*add color to the dough to make pink cookies
*before baking, sprinkle with sanding sugar for a glittery treat
*add a flavor to the dough such as cinnamon or almond


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