1 1/2 cups (340 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups (650 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
food coloring, in various colors
1. First we need the butter and the sugar.
Place these ingredients into the bowl of your electric mixer…
2. … and mix them together for about two minutes.
3. Now we add the eggs and the vanilla extract and beat again until it’s light and fluffy.
4. Add the teaspoon of salt and mix again.
5. And then add the flour gradually. Slowly, slowly, we don’t want all kitchen covered in flour.
Mix until all of it has been incorporated.
6. Turn the dough onto your work surface and gather it into a ball.
Divide it into smaller balls – one for each color.
And this is how to color the dough:
7. Place the dough you want to color into the bowl of your electric mixer and pour the coloring onto it (it’s fine to follow the instructions on the food color because some may be stronger than the others).
8. And mix, mix, mix just until it looks OK.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form a ball again.
9. Wrap each ball into plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2-3 hours.
I decided to have two bigger balls – white and red – for marble lollipops and some cookie candy canes…
… and three smaller ones – white, green and red – for lollipops with cut out shapes in them.
10. When the dough is cooled you can preheat an oven to 350 F (176 C).
11. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
As I’ve already mentioned, this time I used the dough to make three kinds of cookies – the marble lollipops, cookie candy canes and cookie lollipops with cut out shapes.
And this is how I made the marble lollies:
12. I rolled out the white and red dough and placed one onto the other.
Then I gently formed it into a ball again and rolled it out (into the thickness of about 1/4-inch-0,6cm).
13. And now – using a round cutter (I used 3-inch/7,5 cm cutter) – cut out round shapes.
14. Transfer the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet.
Then take a stick and put it into the cookie gently – up to 2/3 of its diameter.
When the cookies bake the stick will adhere to them – isn’t that just great?
I used a 6-inch (15 cm) stick for a 3-inch (7 cm) cookie (if you have a longer stick don’t worry – they can easily be cut or broken).
These want to be baked right now.
15. Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes and remove from the oven.
Let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes.
And here they are, beauties, out of the oven.
Mmmmm, and they smell sooooo good!
Then I made some candy cane cookies – just a few.
16. Form balls from the white and red dough.
Then make ropes out of them by rolling them back and forth on a lightly floured surface.
Place one red and one white rope side by side, press them together lightly and twist them.
17. Place them on the cookie sheet and curve top of the cookies down to form the handle of a cane.
Bake for 12-13 minutes.
18. And the third awesome lollipop cookies are very similar to the first ones.
Roll out the balls of three different colors (to about 1/4-inch – 0,6 cm thickness) and cut out rounds shapes.
Transfer the shapes onto the baking sheet.
19. Oh, just look at this, isn’t it just great?
Cut out various smaller shapes from the round cookies and and insert them into the cookies of a different color.
It’s so easy yet so wonderful.
Bake for about 12 minutes.
I like them so much…
I like them all – can’t stop looking at them (and I also can’t stop eating them – so yummy they are).