As you know, we LOVE cooking with kids and baking with kids! And celebrations and parties area always a great excuse for us to get baking! We thought it would be fun to make some easy 4th July Cookies with the kids – and to make them a bit more special we turned them into “cookie pops” – something very tasty about a cookie on a stick!!! Though we made these just “ourselves”, I think they would be a GREAT kids activity at a 4th of July Party. Prep the cookies and then let the children decorate them themselves!
If you know us, you will recognise this recipe – when baking for the family, I am a strong believer – if the recipe works, then stick with it.. no need to find something completely new!! And this recipe works for us!!! (And why not check out favourite cookies based on this are our rainbow cookies, traffic light (you will find these in Red Ted Art, the book and frankenstein cookie pops!)?
300g (2.5 cups) Flour
200g (3/4 cup) Butter (at room temperature)
100g (0.5 cups) Sugar
Pre-heat the oven to 180C
Star shaped cookie cutter
1) Mix your ingredients to make a smooth dough. If the dough is very soft (i.e. if the butter was very soft), place in fridge for 5-10min to let it firm up a little). If the dough is to crumbly, you an add a splash of milk, but we rarely need to do this.
2) Roll out t 0.5cm-1cm. You want them fairly thick, so that it holds the stick well.
3) Cut out your star shapes.
4) Gently insert your wooden stick and place on tray.
5) Bake for approximately 15min – though do check on them and if they are firm and starting turn golden remove from oven.
6) Let cool a minute or two and then transfer on to a rack.
Once fully cooled – you can either use icing sugar with a little water or make your own Royal Icing Sugar, which has a lovely finish. I was “naughty” and used a ready mix Royal Icing Sugar that the lovely Domestic Goddesque gave me!!
1) So, make up your icing – if it is the simple variety, add water to your icing sugar and food colouring. Of follow the instructions on your packet.
2) Carefully, add the icing to your cookie and try to make a star shape – if you are doing this with a group of kids, I REALLY wouldn’t worry about any icing sugar dripping down the sides. Just have fun and cover with lots of sprinkles and icing and maybe even experiment with red/ white and blue iced cookies. The main this is to have fun. If you are making them, you can shape the star points with the back of a spoon or a knife.