It’s that time of year again, that time when school ends and we need to think of projects to occupy idle hands. I always like baking because you can eat the results of your efforts! And it gets kids used to being in the kitchen. Here’s a fun recipe for kids of all ages. Because these cookies need to be baked, parental supervision is a must although older kids could bake the cookies and the younger ones could decorate them.
Lollipop Sugar Cookies
1-¼ cups sugar
1 cup shortening
¼ cup corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
36 popsicle sticks
Some combination of: mini-chocolate chips, red hots, nonpareils, colored sugar…
Cream together sugar and shortening. Beat in eggs, corn syrup and vanilla until fluffy. Add flour, baking powder and salt and beat until well-blended. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Shape dough into 1-1/2-inch balls. Push popsicle stick into center of each ball. Place balls 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten into about ½-inch thickness and decorate as desired.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.