Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a big deal for most five-year-olds. To celebrate we’ve been making cards, coming up with Valentine poems, thinking up nice things to write about each child in W’s kindergarten class, and baking stained glass heart cookies on a stick to bring for the party. A great way to spend a Sunday, even when it’s not Valentine’s Day eve.
Cookies on a stick are always a hit, especially when they have “stained glass windows” made out of crushed cherry candies – so easy and yet so stunning. You could use Lifesavers or hard candies – we dug a few leftover lollipops out of the remaining Halloween candy in the basement and they worked perfectly. Just smash them with anything hard to crush them.
The stick part is easy – you can buy them by the 100-pack at most craft stores – just make sure you buy the white paper kind, not plastic. Wooden popsicle sticks work well too. Just put them underneath the dough and press it gently around it (if you’re making drop cookies you don’t even have to worry about this part), and they’ll bake right in.
Stained Glass Heart Cookies on a Stick
1/3 cup butter, softened
2 Tbsp. canola or olive oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
red hard candies or lollipops, crushed
lollipop or popsicle sticks (about 1 1/2 dozen)
In a large bowl, beat butter, oil, and sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Add egg and vanilla and beat for a minute, until smooth and light.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the sugar mixture and stir by hand just until you have a soft dough. Shape the dough into a disc, cover and let it sit for about half an hour.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out until it’s about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out cookies using a 2—3-inch cookie cutter or glass rim. Reroll the scraps once to get as many cookies as possible. Using a small heart shaped cutter, cut windows in the cookies.
Transfer cookies to a sheet that has been lined with parchment or sprayed with nonstick spray, placing the cookies on top of paper lollipop sticks, and pushing the dough down firmly so that the sticks are embedded in the dough. Put crushed candies into the cut-out windows, spreading it evenly. Bake for 10—12 minutes, until pale golden around the edges and the candy is melted. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen 2 3/4″ cookies.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies on a stick.