A fun cookie to make and decorate during the holidays or for any special occasion. For Valentine's Day use heart-shaped cookie cutters or the 4th of July use star-shaped cookie cutters. Photo credit: Rachel Currier from Baked By Rachel.
For the Cookie Pops, mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Refrigerate dough 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Insert lollipop sticks into each cookie. Place 1 inch apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
For the Royal Icing, beat confectioners’ sugar, water, meringue powder and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. For stand mixer, beat on low speed 7 to 10 minutes. For hand mixer, beat on high speed 10 to 12 minutes. Divide icing into small bowls. Tint with desired food colors. Spread or pipe icing onto cookies.
Test Kitchen Tips:
• For ornament hooks, attach a ring-shaped cereal to the top of each cookie pop with a small amount of the royal icing. Insert ribbon through holes and tie in a bow if desired.
• Top with assorted sprinkles, if desired.