At least I guess that’s what I should call these. I really have no idea. I love mason jars. (see?) These little snowy winter wonderland cookie topped candy scenes in a mason jar would also make great gifts. They are relatively stable enough to hand around, but I wouldn’t try and ship them. Or throw them. Wanna take a closer look?
white food coloring
Wilton candy colors
small paint brush
*I used the one pint wide-mouth mason jars. Find the frosting bags, couplers, tip, candy melts, lollipop sticks, all the sprinkles, the cookie cutters (these may be in a set), candy colors and fondant in the craft store. The candy colors are oil-based so they will tint candy melts. Other food coloring won’t work!!! Don’t try and substitute. The rainbow chip sprinkles are for the snowman’s nose, so you can substitute any orange candy. The 1 1/2 inch circle cutter is for the sparkly pops below. You don’t need it if you just make the swirly pops. The 2 1/2 inch cutter is for the cookie. Use a size circle to fit the mason jars you buy. Don’t buy a circle the size of the lid, though, remember, the glass jar has to fit to screw on, too. To eliminate many hours from this, you can just make gum drop pops instead of the candy clay pops.
step one: bake your cookies
Roll out chilled cookie dough about 3/8 inch thick according to recipe instructions. Cut out 2 1/2 inch circles. With a lollipop stick, poke three holes in the dough, wiggling a bit to slightly enlarge the holes a few millimeters bigger than the stick diameter. Bake and let cool.
step two: make candy clay
You’ll need candy clay to make the pops. To make candy clay, melt one bag of candy melts according to package directions. As you’re stirring, just as the last melt melts away, stir in 1/3 cup light corn syrup. Turn mixture out on a baking tray lined with wax paper and spread evenly. Let set at room temperature several hours. Break off a chunk and knead very well to soften and make pliable. Tint desired colors with candy colors by kneading a few drops very well into a wad of candy clay. Leave some white.
step three: make candy pops
You’ll need three 4-inch lollipop sticks for each globe. Keep one 4-inches, then snap off the ends of the others to make different heights.
For the swirl pops, take a ball of colored candy clay about 1 inch in diameter and a ball of non-colored candy clay. Roll each on the counter with your palm to make a log about 1/4 inch in diameter and about 4 inches long. Snip ends so each log is the same length. Twist together and roll with your palms, continuing to twist together again as needed until the log becomes blended. Roll in a spiral and insert lollipop stick where the spiral ends.
For the sparkly pops, roll out colored candy clay about 1/4 inch thick between two pieces of wax paper. Cut out 1 1/2 inch circles and insert lollipop sticks in the bottom. Brush the top surface with light corn syrup and immediately coat with sprinkles coordinating in color to the candy clay.
step four: make snowmen
You can use candy clay to make the snowmen. I used fondant for these only to make them a brighter white. Roll two balls of fondant or candy clay, one a bit smaller. Roll each in white sprinkles. If needed, rub light corn syrup on the surface to get the sprinkles to stick. Use a dab of light corn syrup to stack the smaller ball on top. Insert two cloves for arms, two chocolate jimmies for the eyes and an orange rainbow chip for the nose.
step five: frost your cookie and assemble
Prepare frosting and tint white. Prepare a frosting bag with a coupler and size “4″ tip. Fill with white frosting and tie closed tightly with a rubber band. Pipe a circle on the cookie and let set. Work with one cookie at a time at this point. Pipe the frosting back and forth in a zig zag motion to totally cover the cookie, but try and go around the holes so you remember where they are. Insert the three candy pops and immediately coat the white frosting with white sprinkles. Prop the snowman on the cookie. Place the cookie on a mason jar lid and carefully screw the glass jar on over the scene.
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