Wacky Wednesday at school is wackily harder than you might think to come up with for treats for the kids.
I mean, really. Wacky food? I’m all tapped out.
So when I saw these Rainbow lollipop cookies, I knew they were perfect. All the fun of a lollipop with none of the sticky mess!
And I wrongly assumed perfectly difficult as well. Thankfully, rainbow lollipop cookies are easy (admittedly more time-consuming than regular cookies) and a huge hit with the preschool set.
Who wouldn’t love a giant “lollipop” sugar cookie in vibrant colors like this?
Here’s what you need to make rainbow lollipop cookies:
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 colors of paste or gel food coloring
- lollipop sticks
Here’s what we did to make rainbow lollipop cookies:
- In your mixing bowl, cream the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. I stir with a whisk.
- Add dry ingredients to the sugar/cream cheese goodness. Combine until a soft dough forms.
- Divide the dough into fourths and tint each with a different color. The Princess Cupcake chose orange, pink, purple and green for ours. We used both the Wilton gel colors and Duff’s gel colors.
- Wrap your colored dough in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours. We let ours chill overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Take ½ of each color and put it on a plate. Pinch off enough of each color to make a ¾ inch ball. Ours made 11 clumps. I divided it out before rolling because I wanted to make sure I had the same number of clumps of colored dough for each separate color.
- After you have approximately a dozen clumps of each color on the plate, roll each clump into a ball.
- For each lollipop cookie, take one clump of each of your 4 colors and smush them together gently into a ball. Do not do a lot of squishing here or you will not get good stripes.
- Now roll the ball out like a snake to about 12 inches long.
- Starting at one end, coil the snake around like a lollipop. Start with the middle of the lollipop cookie and wrap the dough snake around and around. Your cookies will be about 2 ¾ to 3 inches wide.
- Place the cookies on a lightly greased cookie sheet with a few inches in between each cookie. I used parchment paper and non-stick aluminum foil (because I ran out of parchment).
- Gently push the lollipop stick into the bottom of the dough.
- Bake for 8 – 12 minutes. Check them after 8. If they are lightly browned, take them out. Our baked for the full 12 minutes.
- Allow to cool before removing them from the cookie sheet. This recipe made 22 for us.
- I gave them about 10 minutes and then moved them to a cooling rack. When they were completely cool, I put treat bags over them.
They’d be even cuter if you put some ribbon and a cute tag on them.
I’d be even cuter if I got more sleep. And that’s what I did instead of making a cute tag that preschoolers can’t read.
This is a great kitchen project for little ones. They love mixing, coloring, rolling… oh yeah, and licking the beaters.