What looks like a popsicle, tastes like a cookie, and has surprise sprinkles on the inside? That’s right, I’m back again with another cookie piñata! I’ve done a Pooping Unicorn Piñata Cookie and The Fault in our Stars Piñata Cookie. Now, I give you the Popsicle Piñata Cookie!
A word to the wise would be to use cold cookie dough when making this recipe. This keeps the dough firm, which will help when shaping the dough into popsicles. It’ll keep all the piece fairly uniform. As mentioned in the video, I would suggest serving this with a bowl of ice cream! That way you get cookies and ice cream, and you can add the sprinkles from your cookie piñata.
What You’ll Need:
For the cookies:
- 400g / 14oz all purpose (plain) flour, weighed then sifted – plus extra for rolling the cookies
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 220g / 8oz unsalted butter (you can also use salted butter and eliminate the 1/4 tsp salt)
- 170g / 6oz sugar (caster or superfine)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dark chocolate or candy melts
- Food coloring (note oil based food dye works best to paint your cookies)
- Rolling pin
- 3 ½ inch cookie cutter
- ¾ inch cookie cutter
- Popsicle sticks
- Snap seal bag http://amzn.to/2eFDEk9
- 2 small bowls
- Baking sheet http://amzn.to/2bz2lyW
- Parchment paper http://amzn.to/2c8xw2A
- Cooling rack http://amzn.to/2cc2HwS
- Paint brush http://amzn.to/2c8w14J
- Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Sprinkle a generous amount of flour on your bench, and roll out your dough fairly thin with a rolling pin. Pick up the dough and rotate it every so often. This will help keep your dough even, and prevents it from sticking to the surface of your bench.
- With your 3 ½ inch cookie cutter, make 6 large circles in the dough. Don’t worry if the cookie cutters go slightly over the edge. You’ll be trimming up the dough later.
- Stack three of the cookies together. Use your knife to trim the sides and bottom of your cookies to form the shape of a popsicle. Repeat with the remaining cookies. If needed, use your fingers to round the edges of the stack of cookies.
- Transfer your cookies over to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a popsicle stick on top 2 of the cookies. Do not push it too deeply into the cookie, but you should make a nice indentation. If your cookie spreads slightly after placing the popsicle stick, just trim those edges.
- Using you ¾ inch cookie cutter, make a series of circles in the top half of your 2 cookies with the popsicle sticks in them.
- Make sure your cookies are still cold before baking. If not, refrigerate for five minutes. Then, place your baking sheet in the oven for about 7-10 minutes. They’ll be done with they start to become slightly brown around the edges. Keep an eye on the cookies with the popsicle sticks because they will cook more quickly than the rest.
- Take your cookies out of the oven. Let them stand for a few minutes on the baking sheet, but then transfer them to a cooling rack.
- Once your cookies are cooled, you can begin to decorate. Add water and food coloring to two small bowls. You can use whichever colors you want, but I chose purple and orange. Dip your paintbrush in the food coloring and water and stir. Then, paint your cookies!
- Put your melted chocolate candy melts in a snap seal bag. Cut a very small tip of the corner of the bag with a pair of scissors.
- Turn your back piece of the cookie over and line the cookie finely with your chocolate candy melts. Then, lay the middle cookie with the popsicle stick on top of that piece. Outline the top of the popsicle stick with candy melts to ensure that it will be extra secure. If your popsicle stick didn’t set in the oven, fill that indentation with chocolate and place the popsicle stick back in place.
- Fill the piñata hole with sprinkles. Then, outline that center piece with the chocolate candy melts. Place the top cookie on the center cookie.
- Dip the top of your newly assembled popsicle cookie into the dark chocolate candy melts. Make sure the chocolate evenly coats the three layers. Then, with your snap seal bag filled with candy melts, draw a cartoon-like drip on the popsicle cookie (don’t forget the sides!). Add sprinkles to the top of the cookie.
- Repeat the previous three steps with the remaining cookies.
Bite, sprinkle, and enjoy! ☀️️
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