The school year is almost over. I thought I was going to make it through the whole year without the kid classic "I need this tomorrow". Darn, so close!
I used this recipe for the cookies because it said that you did not have to chill the dough. That was a bit of a disaster. I chilled the dough for about five minutes and it worked perfectly. I liked that recipe and I would use it again.
I mixed in the food coloring before I added the flour and the color was very consistent.
I read a few recipes online that said to "gently place the sticks into the cookie" before baking. Maybe I was just in too much of a rush, but I could not get that to work at all without smushing the cookie into a weird shape. So, I scrapped that plan. Instead, I slightly pushed the stick into the cookie and then covered the stick with additional dough. So much easier!!!
For the candy centers, I used a candy mold that I already had. I would like to say that the color variety was intentional to be fun and creative, but the reality is that I was using up all of the leftover candy melts and chocolate that I had in the cabinet.
I prepared the candy according to the directions on the package.
Melt candy. Fill molds. Chill. Not rocket science.
I kept them in the refrigerator while the cookies were baking. When I pulled the cookies out of the oven, I put the candy directly on them. The warm cookie melted the bottoms of the candy. That was enough to stick the candy to the cookie without having to use more chocolate or frosting for "glue". I put them back in the refrigerator to chill again before packaging them up.
My daughter loved how these turned out and I pulled them together with things I already have in the house - success!