My son came home from school the other day and said they were having a Valentine’s Day Party on Friday, and that by the way, he was bringing cookies. I like how sly and smooth he was at slipping in that information!
I thought I would like to make something both yummy and beautiful, so I turned to Pinterest to see if I could get inspired. I came across Sweet Explorations blog, and thought to myself, this is it.
I used my own Sugar Cookie recipe (thanks to my big sister Wendy), but followed their instructions of making the sugar center, and it turned out perfect. The only thing I would change in the future would be to add a flavor to it like strawberry or cherry, and then it would be just like a lollypop in the middle of the cookie.
Sugar Cookie Recipe:
4 cups Flour
½ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup Butter
2 cups White Sugar
2 teaspoon Vanilla
Mix all together, cover and put in fridge to chill for about 30 minutes. Roll out dough 1/8” thick, cut out desired shape. If dough seems dry at all, add a tablespoon of water and mix in. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake at 325 ° F for 10-12 minutes (adjust for your oven). The edges of the cookie should just begin to brown. This made 36 good sized cookies. Cool on rack.
For the cookies I made, I used two different sized heart shaped cookie cutters. You can use any shape, and make it relevant to the theme or holiday you are making them for.
After the cookies cooled I laid out a bunch of heavy tin foil on my counter, and lined up all the cookies. I then filled with the sugar filling. For the sugar filling please refer to Sweet Explorations blog.
Be careful as this sugar is super-hot, and can cause a serious burn. Use an oven mitten when taking in / out of microwave.
Once cooled you can remove from the foil and package as desired. I was really impressed how they turned out, and you will be as well.