GIVEAWAY!! Sugarlicious sneak peek and all about cookie pops

UPDATE: Congratulations to Christina, Amber, Julie and Amanda!! (I have one more winner, too, so I’ll add her name as soon as I hear back. If I don’t, I’ll draw another, but I’ll give it a wee bit more time.)

Thank you everybody for your wonderful comments!! Now I’m going to add some melted chocolate to secure my sticks when they get loose (thanks Meg, Lady O, Mia and Deniece), and I imagine all the time and tray space I’d save just sticking the stick to the bag instead of the cookie (thanks Nicole). Dana, Wilton makes a cookie pop tray? How did I not know this?!?! And of course, bamboo skewers to make arranging easier (savemypants.com and CrisK). I even have a pack of those! And I saw those wooden sticks in the kids section at Michaels today, Danielle. Yep, no spinning. So smart. Krystal, totally agree! Love the slats idea, Barbie! And Yvonne, I test my oven temp, too. And always parchment! Shannon asked what cookie recipe works best. I’m personally partial to mine, naturally :). It’s HERE.

And don’t worry, there are more giveaways ahead, plenty more…

I’m back again with another giveaway to celebrate the almost-release of Sugarlicious!! (To learn more about the book, CLICK HERE.) This week I’m so excited to share with you the super sweet Prize Pack my publisher created, just for you. I’m not quite sure I can even articulate how surreal it is to see yourself in merchandise, by the way…

In addition to the little 16-page sneak peek booklet of Sugarlicious, they made these super fun prizes.

The Prize Pack includes:
an adorable apron
a hot pink oven mitt
a cutie spatula
a kitchen-friendly booklet with some recipes
some handy post-it notes for your Sugarlicious notes
And this week I’m giving away FIVE prize packs!
(scroll to the end of this post for details)

Since these are baking tools, I thought this week we’d discuss a very important matter in the world of edible crafting: putting cookies on sticks. It’s really not difficult at all, but there are a few variables that can turn something that should be quick and easy into a broken disaster.

(click the collage to go to the original posts)
how to make cookie pops

you will need:*
a good dough that holds its shape

cookie cutter
rolling pin
flour
lollipop or cookie sticks

*Choose a cookie cutter on the smaller side, up to 3-inches. Larger cookies can be unstable. A word about sticks: You should use “cookie sticks,” available at the craft store. I (unofficially) use “lollipop sticks,” also from the craft store, because they come in a greater variety of lengths–4-inch, 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch–and they have a narrower diameter. But the cookie sticks are made specifically for oven use. I’ve never had a problem with the lollipop sticks, but if you are concerned about safety, stick with the cookie sticks.

step one: Chill your cookie dough about two hours. It should be relatively easy to roll out, but it shouldn’t be at all mushy. It should feel cold. Trust me, this will help immensely.

step two: Briefly knead a hunk of cookie dough. Don’t overhandle it, or it will get tough, just knead it enough so there are no cracks, and roll it out on a floured surface. Roll the cookie dough 3/8-inch thick to accommodate the sticks. Note if using cookie sticks, which have a thicker diameter than lollipop sticks, you may even need to roll slightly thicker than 3/8-inch.

step three: Cut out the shape and insert the stick. Gently insert the stick into the bottom of the shape, centered in the cookie’s thickness. The stick should fit securely in the cookie and not poke out the back or top.

step four: Bake your cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper until the edges are golden brown.

TIPS:

  • The cookies may need a few additional minutes of baking time, as they are rolled more thickly. I usually err on the side of over-baking to make sure they cook fully through the center.
  • Bake the cookies as soon as you fill a tray. When making cut-out cookies, I often cut out more quickly than I can bake my one-tray-at-a-time in the oven, so I keep the unbaked trays in fridge. While such a trick is handy for cookies, as chilled dough helps prevent spreading, I find that extra chilling of cookie pops results in sticks that slide out of the cookie. The cookies bake just fine, but the sticks tend to fall out. When baked immediately, the sticks stay securely in the cookie.
  •  Non-spreading cookies are essential! Some factors that prevent spreading: Start with a reliable cookie dough. Use good quality baking trays lined with parchment paper. Make sure not to over-soften your butter. Chill the dough for about two hours before rolling and cutting out. I bake one tray at a time, in the middle of the oven. Make sure your oven is preheated and at an accurate temperature.
now let’s get to the GIVEAWAY!!
Have you ever made cookie pops? 
What are your tips and tricks, if so??

THE GIVEAWAY

So this week I get to give FIVE of you the awesome Prize Pack,
and I’m throwing in some cookie sticks, too!

to ENTER to WIN:

the sneak-peek thingamajig AND 
 the awesome Prize Pack that includes 
an oven mitt, spatula, apron, recipe book, post-its AND 
a pack of cookie sticks

(reminder, the sneak peek is NOT the book itself which is available February 7th)
leave a comment here before
Friday, January 20th, midnight, EST 

(Sorry folks, funds are limited so I have to keep this US addresses only!)

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Comments

  1. Sarah J says

    I love all of the cutie cookies and treats you make. I can always get tons of great ideas from reading your blog. Can't wait for the book to come out!

  2. Anjali says

    All the best for the release of Sugarlicious and thanks for hosting such beautiful giveaway!

    Unfortunately I have never tried cookie pops, this concept is very new to me but appeals a lot and I would like to make some very soon. Your blog is an inspiration!!!

  3. Shanna says

    I would LOVE to get your book and the rest of the prizes! I am just starting out my own baking journey and would love to have your book to "bake" through. Good luck on your book it looks amazing!

  4. Michelle S. says

    I tried to make them once, but the sticks broke through and out. I am so glad you posted the tutorial. I know what I did wrong and I can make them correctly next time. I hope I win. Just love your blog!

  5. Yael says

    I actually started my cookie decorating with cookie pops and continue to make them. People love the cookie"arrangements" I make and |I love doing it!

  6. Connor's Mommy says

    I haven't made cookie pops yet, however I have used your sugar cookie recipe which I did not need to refrigerate it's my go to receipe I love it!! Thanks for all the great ideas. Best of luck to you!

  7. Leslie says

    I LOVE the Sugarlicious items! Too cute! I'm an avid cakepop-maker, but have yet to try cookie pops. I think it's at the top of my things-to-try-next list!

  8. Joey says

    I can't wait for the book's release! I think I'll be buying a copy for me and one for my niece that loves colorful, fun foods.

    Oh and if I win the prize package I'll probably keep that myself even though I'm a dude! lol

  9. Meg@MegaCrafty says

    LOVE the swag- what a great prize pack, Thanks for the chance to win! I have made cookies pops before, a long, long time ago and the only tip I have is if you are in the unfortunate position of having the sticks slide out you can help hold them in place after the cookie is baked by adding a little chocolate (frosting would probably work too) to the stick as glue. It's not ideal but a quick fix.

  10. Karen @ Sugartown Sweets says

    First..the book..how EXCITING for you! Can't wait to see it! Second..I have made cookie pops, but since I have no tips of my own, I love yours!

  11. lovemyabbie@gmail.com says

    I love cookie pops. The first bunch I made were for my grandma's birthday. I made flowers and on each one I put a different name people call her, mom, sister, grandma, great grandma, aunt, friend etc. they were a huge hit

  12. Carrie says

    I have made twisted lollipop sugar cookies on a stick and frosted sugar cookies for my daughter's classroom and I was surprised the kids snatched up the unfrosted lollipops over the frosted cookies without a stick.

  13. MrsFoxsSweets says

    This is such an amazing giveaway, I would love to win! All of your cookie pops look fabulous, you have done a wonderful job! I have made cookie pops before and they are so much fun for little kids, something about a cookie on a stick is just way more fun than a cookie on a plate! Have a Sweet Week:)
    cfox75@gmail.com

  14. Melinda says

    I have made cookies on a stick before but really appreciate your information on not making them spread. You have some excellent information. I would love to be in your drawing and I will have to order your book!
    Melinda
    mbrazelton@hotmail.com

  15. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt says

    Awesome giveaway! I actually made a cake bunting and cupcake topper flags from your dough recipe. I lauered two thin layers around the cupcake stick and twine. Worked great!
    Congrats on the new book!

  16. Vivian - Let's Try These... says

    I have been waiting for your book. I love anything on a stick! Would love to be a winner of this fabulous prize package!

  17. Mia and Deniece, Boulder Creek Cupcakes says

    I have made cookie pops, I always used melted chocolate to hold the stick in place. I didn't know you could but the sticks in the oven. Thank you for sharing that tip!

    I might give it a try this week =)

    deentodd@comcast.net

  18. Beth @ Hungry Happenings says

    How incredibly exciting to see all the merchandising for your new book. I can just imagine how happy you are! If I won these gifts, I'd think of you every time I used them, which would be quite often:)

  19. gradstudentfoodie says

    This inspires me to use those lollipop sticks I bought months ago thinking I would use them! I will now!

    I would also love to win this prize package!

  20. Lori H says

    I love your recipes & tips. I actually made cookie pops for my granddaughters bday party last month to look like lollipops & they were a huge hit. But flavor was the big thing & it was your recipe! So I have been recommending u!!

  21. Karen Diebolt says

    Wow what a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the tips on how to keep the cookies from spreading. I always wondered what people did to prevent the spreading.

  22. Nicole ~ The Diva says

    I have made cookie pops before. I didn't us the thick dough as you did and I think that way be why I did not like them.

    Now when I make then I just attach the stick to the bag rather then the cookie.

    Nicole C Burris

    coco_ceboo(@)yahoo.com

  23. Mrs Scratch says

    I definitely plan on trying cookie pops. Just used your recipe a few weeks ago to make cookies and they turned out awesome.

  24. DDTipken says

    What a fun giveaway! My granddaughter and I bake quite a bit and she loves learning how to do it. She always wants to help in the kitchen and is constantly asking questions. This would be a great addition to our time together. Thank you for sharing! Dana

  25. Monsters33 says

    I have never made cookie pops but you make it look easy so I have to try it now!
    mommy.2kidsnc (at) yahoo (dot) com

  26. Maureen says

    Wonderful tips and a great giveaway! The tips about dough are great! Would be wonderful to win this giveaway! Thank you!!!

  27. Trish - Sweetology101 says

    I am SPOILED and already have the sneek peak so I abstain (boo) from the giveaway BUT had to say, YAA to anyone who wins b/c it is so awesome! Thanks for the great info on cookie pops, this is great!

  28. Carolyn in VA says

    Wow, thank you for the cookie-pop tutorial (with excellent pics!)
    I've been making a lot of chocolate lollipops for kids school parties, and for party favors, but I've been wanting to branch out into these adorable cookie pops you keep showing. I was uncertain just how you do it – that is make them so they don't fall off the stick. Looking forward to trying some this weekend now – I already have all those lollipop sticks!

    A chance to win such an excellent goody pack is just bonus. Thank you!

  29. Kate says

    I have made many cookies on a stick including larger cookies. To tell if the cookie is done, only one edge of one cookie needs to be light brown and they are all done. Just leave them on the cookie tray about 5 minutes.

    Please enter me in the contest!

  30. red says

    Looks like fun. I like cookie pops because kids can eat them without getting frosting all over everything! I always make the cookies two days before so the cookies can sit one night to dry and then another night for the frosting to dry.

  31. savemypants.com says

    Absolutely love all your cookie pop ideas!

    I've discovered that using bamboo skewers instead of the cookie sticks works well if you are planning to make a cookie pop bouquet. The pointed ends make it easier to stick in the styrofoam without breaking the cookies!

  32. Frog Prince Paperie says

    A pink sugarlicious oven mitt would surely be a prized possession. :) So excited to see your book is finally done/out!

  33. Lady_O says

    My trick is to add a small amount of chocolate to area where the cookie ends and stick shows with a small piping bag to make sure the cookie doesn't slid down the stick as they can get heavy once frosted! Can't wait to read the new book!

  34. EricaShea2 says

    I love your detailed tutorial of how to make cookie pops! I can't wait to try them now. I absolutely love your designs! I would LOVE to win!!!! THANK YOU!!

  35. Susan1961 says

    I've never made cookie pops (I JUST started making decorated cookies!) but if I win, I will do just that! I have a great cookie recipe that would be GREAT for cookie pops! I'd love to share it with you if you'd like it…just email me and I will get it to you! I haven't seen anything like it on the web…yet!
    Thanks, hope I win!
    Susan
    s.nienhuis@live.com

  36. purplehaven says

    oh! pick me! pick me! lol cant wait for the book to be released. its two days after my birthday so it should be a late birthday gift!

  37. Sarah Mae says

    I haven't yet! I actually just saw something about them in the last few months, so this is an all new concept to me. I am thinking about some Valentine's Day cake pops, though!

    sarah_mae_ at hotmail dot com

  38. Shannon Greene says

    WOW never have tried cookies on a stick. Will definitely have to give them a try. What cookie recipe works the best?

  39. Anonymous says

    LOVE the cookie pops! I've been making them with my Martha Stewart letter cookie cutters & they come out adorable! Can't wait to try some for Valentine's day…:) -Kim

  40. kmari03 says

    Thanks for this post! I have been reluctant to try cookie pops because I was worried I'd waste the sticks if I messed up. This seems pretty easy, though! And the book looks lovely.

  41. Miria says

    Thank you for the giveaway. Thank you for the tip on how thick your cookies should be for a stick. I will have to try it out.

  42. Catherine Hopkins says

    The book looks amazing, but I would love to get the preview. Please add me! Catherinestevehopkins[at]msn.com

  43. Michele says

    Oh to have a sugarlicious apron and all that other stuff…it's so ME and I'm starting baking class in a week. I would be the envy of my class. Pick me, pick me! (in my best Shrek-donkey voice) michele@bakeskool.com Your things are awesome!

  44. Anais says

    Well guess I can't enter….
    But I will still post a comment…
    Great tutorial. I have tried the cake pops but not the cookie pops, High on my to try list!
    GREAT give away wish I could enter!
    Good luck to all!

  45. Krystal says

    Yes, I've made cookie pops before. I find them much easier than Cake pops! :) Tip: Just be sure that when you insert the stick, that it doesn't come out the back of the cookie! Enjoy! :)

  46. Tiffany@Fizzy Party says

    What a super cute giveaway!! and I LOVE the cookie pops. The newest rage! This must be shared. GREAT tutorial.

  47. Nina says

    Gosh, I can hardly wait for the book to come out. Looking forward to making cookie pops for my grandbabies' birthdays in March and April. Hope there are some swim party related ideas!

  48. JLL24 says

    Soo creative! Never had cookies like this when I was a kid. Guess that's what they mean by 'thinking outside the box'. Can't wait to give it a try for myself.

  49. Cheryl M says

    I would love this prize pack! Love cookie pops, such a great departure from the normal cookie.

    cheryl.montero at hotmail.com

  50. danielle040575 says

    I actually use wooden stcks, similar to popsicle sticks. They are more narrow and I don't have to worry about "spinning" on the lollipop sticks. Hope to win a prize pack! I see baking in the near future!

  51. LiEr says

    I'd love to win these! I am excited for your new book, Meaghan! You make beautiful cookies! I have made cookie pops before – and my dough wasn't as stiff as yours looks, so I pressed the stick onto one cookie (the stick sank in a bit) and then put another identical (but much thinner) cookie on top of that, making a stick sandwich.

  52. Belinda Leigh says

    I would have loved to be entered into this competition – I would have been happy to pay postage.
    Good luck everyone :)

  53. angela says

    I would love this :) I can't do anything right in the kitchen it seems, but I am just learning :) Baking is a lot of fun too :) Please enter me :)

  54. nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 says

    i did some decorated round pops last year for my daughters class- they were ahit, but they were hard to do- I think I had te wrong dough recipe!Can't wait to check out this book!

    thanks for the giveaways!

  55. nicole / Twitter: BTHM1 says

    i did some decorated round pops last year for my daughters class- they were ahit, but they were hard to do- I think I had te wrong dough recipe!Can't wait to check out this book!

    thanks for the giveaways!

  56. annemarie says

    What a wonderful post – love your cute treats and would love to win this giveaway. My fingers are crossed!! I know – just like a little kid.

  57. Teri H. says

    I love your ideas and the helpful information. One thing I never get tired of – BAKING & DECORATING. The book looks awesome! I'd love to win all the cool stuff!

  58. Donna says

    Just found your web site and what a great idea to make cookies on a stick. Sorry, I haven't tried it yet so I don;t have any tips but I'm thinking this might be my Valentine giveaway to my co-workers. Thanks for the inspiration!

  59. Anita says

    I have never made cooike pops before but want to after your post! I would love to win this giveaway, I can't wait for your book to come out!

  60. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker says

    My daughter LOVES Cookie pops! she's holding one in her New Year's picture! Can't wait to see the book! I'll save ya the shipping and drive into DC to pick it up!

  61. Elizabeth says

    I have started making cake pops but I have never made cookie pops. After reading this post I definitely want to!

  62. Roseann Atkins says

    I am holding a kids Valentine Cookie Class next week and I am making cookies on sticks. Your blog always gives me such great inspiration! Sweet Thanks :)

  63. Jessiva says

    Please enter me!
    I've made cookie pops, but have never stuck the sticks in the cookie, I have always pressed the stick down into the dough and then baked. I will try your method for Valentine's Day! Love love love your creativity when it comes to cookie decorating!

  64. Tink513pd says

    I love to look at your beautiful cookies! My daughter loves to bake cupcakes and is starting to venture out into cookies. I plan on getting the book for her and shipping it to her dorm. It will be a great gift! I can't wait to have fun with her making cookies during her spring break in March.
    The goodies in the giveaway would be a fun suprise : )

  65. Barbie says

    Cookie pops are the best! My hint is to get 1/4" and 1/2" wood trim and cut two pieces about 20" long and lay them on either side of the dough when rolling it out. It really helps keep the dough even and your cookies flatter!
    Your book looks delightful! Am looking forward to it! Thanks for sharing!
    camp5@att.net

  66. Heather says

    Haven't made any kind of pops but would love to make some cookie pops they look so cute. Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Sugar Butter Baby says

    I've never tried cookie pops, sometimes I don't have success trying to keep candy and cake pops on sticks. I tend to err on the side of under-baking so I'm sure my cookie sticks would pop through the soft dough :(

  68. superstitches says

    I'm definitely going to have to try making cookie pops. Maybe some heart shaped ones for Valentine's Day. Your book looks awesome.

  69. Anne M Adams says

    Enter me please! I am new to your blog.. my friend made some cookie pops and I have been obsessed with figuring out how to do it!! tomorrow will be my first attempt

  70. eacathcart2002 says

    I would love to win this. I bake cookies all the time and cookie pops are such I great idea and I think the little kids that I do cookies for would love them.

  71. Yvonne says

    Your book looks wonderful! Cannot wait until it comes out. My cookie pops secret……parchment paper and using a slightly lower temp than the recipe says. My oven runs really hot!

  72. J Moore says

    Congrats on your upcoming book, how exciting!! I am new to cookie baking/decorating this weekend will be my second time so I don't have any tips but I will say that it is so addicting I want to purchase every cookie cutter I see!! I would love to be entered into your giveaway Thank You so much!

    email: jmoorecoupons (at ) aol ( dot )com

  73. Stephanie says

    I have never made cookie pops, but I always come to your site for inspiration. Maybe one day I will make some. Thanks for the chance to win.

  74. CJAYMom says

    I have never tried making cookie pops, but seeing all of things you have created, I might just try it because it looks fun.

  75. cherio1 says

    I am definitely going to have to make some cookie pops for my grandchildren this valentine's day! These are adorable.

  76. Dana says

    Hi again-
    I have the old school version of the Wilton cookie pop pans that hold 6 cookies. I looked at their website and the updated versions are called cookie treat pans and are $10. They hold 4 cookies and come in flower, heart, circle and star shapes. I find that they come out as very thick cookies however, the stick is always very stable. The backside can get slightly bumpy though!
    I hope to win a future giveaway!!

  77. the decorated cookie says

    Thanks Dana! I just went to the site and found them. I'm guessing Michaels will have them, so I'm going to get one and try it out. Probably about the same as rolling out thick and pushing the stick in the base, but maybe with those it'd eliminate room for error! Wilton thinks of everything….

  78. Aminah says

    I am actually making 3O cookie pops for a birthday party for the daughter of a good friend of mine. Thank you for your great tips and recipes, they will make this adventure even more fun.

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