Prep 25 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is from the "Dining In" kosher cookbook; these cookies turn out really pretty. As a general rule, I hate working with dough that I need to roll, but I found this one very easy to deal with. I'm copying the recipe verbatim from the cookbook, but I really do not recommend mixing all the ingredients at once!! -- I did that and created a great big floury mess. It's probably a better idea to cream the margarine and sugar, and then alternate between gradually adding the flour and liquid ingredients. As for crushing the lollipops, I put them in a freezer bag and whacked at them with a rolling pin... triple-bagging is probably a good idea! It would probably work to crush them in a food processor, too. With the leftover dough from the cutouts, or if you just don't feel like cutting out shapes in the first place, you can make a "thumbprint" type cookie and fill the "wells" with the crushed lollipops.
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup margarine
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1⁄4 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 cup orange juice
- 18 lollipops, crushed (for window filling)
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix all ingredients, excluding lollipops, to form dough.
- Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface.
- With a scalloped-edged cookie cutter, cut large circles from dough.
- Place the scalloped circles onto lined cookie sheets.
- With a small cookie cutter, cut out desired shape from the centers of each circle.
- Remove the dough and fill the shape with crushed lollipops.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until the candy melts in the cookie centers.
- Allow to cool before removing from tray.
These are quite possibly the best sugar cookies I've made so far (and I've made tons). At first the dough was a bit crumbly but I just added a tiny bit of water and oil and it came together nicely. I chilled the dough before shaping and I found it really easy to work with. Most of the cookies I just dipped into sprinkles (jimmies) and colored sugar but I did use a few of the crushed candies which of course the kids loved. Thank you so much for a great recipe.
These cookies are very good. I can't believe nobody has rated them before! They look very dramatic and labour-intensive, but they're incredibly easy. Thanks for making me look good!