Thank you for those of you who voted in the previous poll. About half the people wanted a post everyday, haha, but as that will be fairly difficult for me to do, I shall be going with the next largest vote - twice a week. I've been doing that for some time now anyway. Look out for a new post every Wednesday and Saturday morning. =) Of course, the easiest way to be updated is by subscribing to the blog updates - either by using the Atom feed link in your favorite RSS reader program, or simply by "following" this blog using Google Friend Connect. Now, let's get to the food.
While making the previous post's Custard Melting Moments, we looked through the blog a bit, as I had never come across it before. When Izzah saw the post for these Lollipop Cookies, she was all like, "Ooooooh! Lawa! (Pretty!)" But then we made the melting moments and forgot all about them....
Or so I thought. Until a couple of days ago, when she asked me if I wanted to bake something again. Should've known... That's right... she wanted to make the Lollipop Cookies, complete with the lollipop stick and wrappings! Hehe. Well, I do love cute food, so why not yeah? Plus they looked easy enough... So. Here we go!
What you need:
185g softened butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 cup 100's and 1000's (the little round rainbow-coloured sprinkles)
What you do:
- Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and beat until well-incorporated.
- Sift in the flour and salt, and add in the 100's and 1000's. Stir with a wooden spoon until well-mixed.
- Place dough on a large piece of clingfilm and use the film to roll and wrap into a 30cm log.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for 2 hours, or until firm. (Since we didn't have the time, we stuck it in the freezer for about 30 minutes. It was still a little soft in the middle, but never mind...)
- Remove the plastic wrap and cut into 1 cm rounds. Stick a non-coloured popsicle stick into the cookie, until halfway up the cookie round.
- Place well-apart on a lined cookie sheet and bake in an oven preheated to 180 C for 15 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through the baking.
- Cool on tray for 5 minutes, before allowing to cool completely on a cooling rack. If desired, wrap with cellophane and ribbon. =)
Since we didn't look at the recipe in advance (ahem, bad bad) we didn't realise that it required a two hour cooling in the fridge. But we decided to stick it in the freezer and see what will happen. =P Cutting the dough into slices was easy enough, but once they started defrosting, it got kind of difficult to stick the lollipop stick into them. Oh well, we managed in the end, but not after mangling the biscuits a little, haha. It is easy enough to shape back into rounds. =) And didn't they turn out gorgeous??
The 100's and 1000's make the cookies look ever so pretty! I don't quite like the colour combinations of the sprinklables we can find in Brunei, but never mind. Beggars can't be choosers. :) They look good here anyhow, only you can't quite see the blue-coloured ones. But yes... that is such a minor niggle...
One of the worries that we had was how good this would taste. After the extra-sweet Custard Melting Moments, I decided to add some salt. Apart from that, we more or less kept to the original recipe. Oh, except that we also made ours a little browner than hers, we baked them for slighly longer. Partly because at 12 minutes, they looked really underdone. But also partly because we like our cookies crunchy anyway. =)
Once the cookies were baked and cooled, the next task was to wrap them all up, all ready to give to my sisters' school friends. This was easier than I had expected. Just cut up large squares of plastic wrappers and wrap them around the cookies, securing the bottom with ribbon or wire. The result - beautiful!
And the reaction? "Awwwwwwwwww! They're so cute!" =D They look mighty adorable, don't you think? Something teenaged girls would definitely appreciate, haha. And don't worry! They loved the biscuit as well. It sort of tastes like a crunchy-er shortbread. Even Hanisah liked them. Which is rare, let me assure you. =P They were very sweet though, despite not having that much sugar (compared to some of the other recipes I've tried). Am not sure how this would turn out if you reduce the amount of sugar, but bear in mind that the texture would definitely be changed.
If you don't feel like doing all that effort, you don't have to make the lollipops of course. Just drop tablespoonfuls of dough on the tray and bake away. =) But I think it was definitely worth the effort. Maybe for a child's party?
Quote of the day: Life is an onion and one cries while peeling it.