Friday, November 5, 2010

Play Dough Cookies

This year for Christmas I thought it would be fun to decorate with red and blue, along with chocolate brown and white thrown in too. I usually just decorate with the traditional red and green, but I saw the border design on this scrapbook paper(in photo) and liked it so much that I decided to try and decorate for Christmas this year using these colors.  The blue in the cookie isn't exactly the blue I was going for, and the red needs to be deeper, but hopefully you get the picture.
When I told my husband the name of these cookies, he thought they were actually play dough:)  The name refers only to appearance because the recipe is really rather tasty! (I  added cocoa to make the brown dough as opposed to food coloring.) I do love the color combination!
 These cookies were a lot of fun to make and fashion into lollipops! (I did make this cookie recipe once before, making rainbows and lollipops, but this second version has the cocoa added to them.) Of course, the color possibilities are endless, and could be adapted for any holiday or event. I'm sure children would love to help!
The lollipops look very festive when packaged up like their candy counterpart. After wrapping them, I stored them in the freezer in an airtight container. This Christmas cookie event is helping me to get ahead of the game for Christmas, at least in the cookie department:)

Play Dough Cookies ( adapted from allrecipes.com)
* 3/4 cup butter, softened
* 3 ounces cream cheese
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 Tablespoon baking cocoa*
* assorted colors of paste food coloring
* 24 lollipop sticks (optional)

1. In the electric mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
2. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough into fourths(I only made 3 colors, so divided it in thirds). Tint each with a different food color(*With 1/3 of the dough I added about 1 tablespoon of baking cocoa instead of coloring) . Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Working with half of each color, shape dough into 3/4 inch balls(since I used only 3 colors I fashioned 1 inch balls) and for each cookie place 1 pink, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 orange (I used red, yellow, blue and green) ball together to make 1 large ball. Shape into a 12 inch long roll (like a snake), starting at one end, coil roll to make a 2 3/4 inch round cookie. Place cookies 3 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Carefully insert lollipop sticks into bottoms of cookies.
4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned(depending on your oven). Cool and store in an airtight container.
This recipe made 14 lollipop cookies for me. 

Thanksgiving Challenge: Today, I am thankful for the beautiful, fall weather we are having on the central coast!  I just love it here!
 This post is linked up to: Tasty Tuesdays and Lovin' it Fridays





33 comments:

  1. They look fantastic! I love those colors for Christmas. How fun!!!

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  2. You are very very creative lately, lovely cookies - great great bakesale item

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  3. These would be so much fun to eat and they look so pretty too with all those colors swirled together. Great job.

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  4. Sue, what a fun holiday treat for your little munchkins -- love that you were inspired by the scrapbook paper. Joni

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  5. I'm definitely going to try these. I think my Children's Church class would adore these :)

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  6. Absolutely adorable.. everything you do is gorgeous!!

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  7. Thanks for the sweet comments Sue! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  8. What a beautiful color-combo! I love the idea of coloring your dough with cocoa - so much better than food coloring.

    Bravo, you!

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  9. I bet kids go nuts for those. What a cute idea!!

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  10. These are so fun. Love the addition of cocoa.

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  11. I think I like the shape more than anything - those look really cool!

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  12. Oh Sue, I love these colors. You have outdone yourself....again.

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  13. Those look awesome! I know some boys around here who would love them!

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  14. Wow, very cool! What a great idea!

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  15. What a super cute idea! LOVE these and am anxious to try. Have a great weekend!!

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  16. I made something similar a while back but I iced them with twisted contrast colored fondant to make the lollipop design!

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  17. What absolute fun these are Sue...adorable and just great for the holidays! WOW!!

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  18. These are gorgeous and what a great idea! I am always looking for a good gift idea for my long list of coworkers that won't run me broke - this is perfect for little individual gifts. You are brilliant! Thanks! :-)

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  19. Oh my goodness!! These are so adorable! I love the color combination. So glad to have found your blog through your comment on mt cupcakes. Can't wait to read through your past entries and look forward to following your blog!

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  20. I love your blog! This recipe looks amazing. For a minute I thought that it was really made of play dough haha silly me. I am your newest follower. I invite you to follow me!

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  21. These are beautiful! What a great idea! I'm going to have to look around when I'm next going to the nearest city for these lollipop sticks!

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  22. I love these! I think I'll have my kids give them to thier friends for Christmas. I hope you don't mind me posting this on my blog.

    www.imlovinyourblog.blogspot.com

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  23. Love the idea and the colors! So cute!

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  24. I love these so clever!! I will be defiantly making these.. I am linking you to my blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. I totally love lollipop cookies and these are lovely, they would make a perfect Christmas treat

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  26. So cute! Do you freeze everything for Christmas? I'm always afraid my cookies will dry out.

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  27. Oh, I am sure my daughter would love these. She is totally into lollipops!
    I have actually never tried to decorate with a certain set of colors for Christmas. Is it not rather expensive if you have to color coordinate everything? Am really curious to see the results. Are you gonna share them on your blog?

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  28. I love it.
    i will try doing this candy this christmash.

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