About the Header Photo

Our Valentine Sweets header cookie bouquet was created with Sweet Stampen's food safe rubber stamps: Chocolates, a tiny heart cut from Circle of Love, The whole image of Circle of love was used with , Winner's Circle was used to frame Wedding Border, a mini heart stamp was used dry to emboss the surface around Cupid's Magic, last cookie features a stamp that is not online yet: Key to My Heart

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Why do we use shortbread cookies in our cookie pops??? Because they taste AWESOME! But that's not the only reason. If you are giving someone a cookie bouquet, you want a thick hearty cookie that won't break and will hold up to some handling. Shortbread is excellent for that!

Shortbread Cookie Recipe for Cookie Pops

  • 1 c. Butter       
  • 2/3 c. Powdered Sugar
  • ½ t. Vanilla    
  • ¼ t. Salt   
  •  2 c. Flour
Cream butter til smooth. Add powdered sugar & vanilla. Blend sugar thoroughly. Stir in flour mixed with salt. Knead quickly so the butter doesn’t melt. Refrigerate dough for half an hour.

Remove chilled dough. Spray cookie pan with Pam and press cookie dough into individual circles. With fingertips, pull cookie dough away from outer edge of circle toward center; this will help the cookie release. Gently hold the dough with the heel of your hand and slide the cookie stick into cookie about 2”. Pierce cookie with fork several times to aid steam release during baking.
Bake cookies in the upper third of 325◦ oven til they are a pale golden color and the edges are starting to brown. Remove and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled. Remove cookies by lifting edges with a tapered spatula or knife. Do not pick up by sticks; this will loosen cookie stick (if baking with a whole stick for final use in cookie bouquet. See Holly's Tips for details). 

Holly's Tips for Cookie Pop Baking

Sticks: I always thought the sticks looked a tad icky yellow after baking and never liked the look of them in a finished bouquet. Add in that a) I have a smallish over and b) I'm a clutz and I ended up rearranging the cookie dough every single time I baked! Then the idea hit me...if I could get rid of that long stick and still have a hole... hmmmm. So I came up with this technique. I've been doing it for years now!

Cut cookie sticks in half to avoid knocking them out of place during baking. Once the cookies are cool to touch, gently twist the stick out of the cookie. Dip a new, clean stick in corn syrup and place in cookie hole.

Now, I don't make a mess of my dough and I always have a nice, clean stick in my bouquets! 

Ingredients: We always get asked about family recipes for cookie pops. You can use almost any cookie recipe with a few simple rules.
  • Do not use any cookie recipe that contains baking powder or soda as the cookies my not shape correctly in pan during baking. These two ingredients also make a more fragile cookie that is more likely to break with handling... and cookie pops require handling. 
  • If using nuts or chips, chop them fine or use mini chips. Make sure to press them into the dough so that they are not protruding.

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