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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lollipop Cookies

Another great idea from {The Idea Room}. These balls of dough may look like playdough due to their fun, bright colors, but they are in fact cookie dough. And they will make a lollipop cookie.

3/4 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt assorted colors of paste food coloring
24 lollipop sticks

In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 1 of each color together to form a large ball.

Shape into a 12 inch long roll by rolling with palms of hands into a snake like rope.

Start at one end and coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.

Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container. Check out her blog in the link above to see the finished product! They are so cute. A perfect pick me up to a drab winter day! She said her girls loved making them with her. You could also do red and pink ones and make them heart shaped for Valentine's Day. So fun!

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