These really aren’t made out of Play Dough, I promise! They are made from a simple sugar cookie dough tinted with paste food coloring, then rolled into balls and eventually snakes to twist up and make fun color combinations. You can find this recipe is several places, but I used some Valentine colors and shaped some into hearts. A fun treat for the kids to help make and give to their friends or teacher.
These cookies last a while too! I wrapped them in plastic wrap and tested one each day (it’s a dirty job, I know), they tasted just as good on the 6th day as they did the 1st. These were lots of fun, well received and easy to make.
Valentine Play Dough Cookie Pops
adapted from All Recipes
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
assorted colors of paste food coloring
24 lollipop sticks
In a bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir till soft dough forms. Divide dough according to however many colors you plan to use. Tint each with a different food color. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls and for each cookie place 3-4 different colored balls together to make 1 large ball. Roll it just enough to form a rough ball, then 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.
For hearts, follow the instructions above. After inserting the stick, use your fingers to squeeze the dough at the bottom of the circle and combine at the stick, then use a separate lollipop stick or a butter knife to create an indent in the top and shape the heart.
Bake cookies for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and store in an airtight container.
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