Much like super-spiked eggnog, a TBS marathon of A Christmas Story, and a little family drama, making holiday cookies is a Christmas tradition.
It’s fun, festive and delicious, but you can take it just one step further by putting your favorite cookies on a stick. After all, everything’s better in lollipop form!
Start by finding your favorite sugar cookie recipe. I have tried many and fell in love with Dorie Greenspan’s All Occasion Sugar Cookie recipe. It is PERFECT for cut-out cookies because it holds its shape if you chill before baking. If you’re looking for something quick and easy from a mix, this Cookie Mix Christmas Sugar Cookie recipe from Betty Crocker will do the trick!
Also, if I can teach you anything, let it be this: CHILL your sugar cookie dough! Chilling allows the cookie to be less blobby and more jolly as it bakes. The best way to chill dough is to flatten it into a round disk and cover tightly with Saran wrap in the fridge (or freezer if you are freezing for the long haul.)
While your dough is chilling, generously flour a cutting board. Don’t worry about getting your hands dirty—it’s part of the fun! Roll out your dough and start cutting out your shapes. Remember, you want the dough to be a little thicker than normal because you need enough surface for the lollipop stick to fit.
Insert the lollipop stick (found at most craft stores) as far it will go. Then take a small piece of dough and add it to the back of the cookie to ensure the stick won’t come out of the cookie.
Spread out your cookies on the baking sheet and bake until fairly firm. Let cool completely and start decorating!
Get your kicks with your Christmas cookie sticks!
There are several creative ways you can display your cookies on a stick for your holiday party.
As a centerpiece:
Using alphabet cookie cutters, spell out holiday words such as “Joy” and “Merry” or other short holiday phrases. Decorate with frosting, icing and a ribbon, and use as centerpiece! To make your cookies stand up, stick them in floral foam or Styrofoam (also found at most craft stores). Disguise the foam with ornaments or tissue paper. It makes the perfect festive addition to any table—particularly one that’s just for kids!
As place cards:
A cookie on a stick can also double as a place card and a party favor! Make cookies using a large circle cookie cutter; then decorate with an initial. On the table, display the cookies in wine glasses or on napkins at each place setting.
The moral of the story is: Everyone loves Christmas cookies, so make them even more special by adding a lollipop stick.
Here’s to the holidays and everything that comes with it—especially cookies!