There are many specialty stores out there that sell "gourmet" cookies on a stick, but they aren't cheap! How about if you make them yourself at a fraction of the price?? The hubby and kids were all around this past Saturday afternoon, so I had three taste testers available. Lauren gobbled hers down and proclaimed them to be the best cookies I ever made. Dominic was kind of unsure about why there was a craft stick coming out of the bottom of the cookie, so he pulled it out. The hubby who is never one to mince words said, "what the heck is the deal with the stick?" He's a real laugh riot, isn't he?!?!?! These cookies are easy and quick to make and you can leave the cookies as they are, put sprinkles on before you bake them or put sprinkles on after you have frosted them! I used vanilla frosting, but feel free to use your family's favorite frosting. I bought the craft sticks a few years back at Wal-Mart, at the time they were $2.47 for 150.
3 cups white flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup margarine, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, put all the ingredients (except the 1/4 cup white sugar for the topping) in the order given and with an electric mixer or with a large spoon beat until batter is smooth. Roll batter into balls approximately the size of a golf ball. Put six balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. In small bowl, put the 1/4 cup white sugar. With the bottom of a drinking glass, put first in the sugar and then press down on the ball to about 2-3" in diameter. Take craft stick and push it into the bottom middle of each cookie about 1/2 the way up. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Let cool for five minutes and then remove carefully to wire rack to continue cooling. This recipe makes about 20 if you make them the size of a golf ball.