Well, regardless of how I feel about the passage of time, Halloween is indeed almost here. I spent last night baking cookies with the kiddos and possibly having an impromptu 80s dance party in the kitchen. It was so much fun - way more fun than the cleaning that needed to get done but didn't ;P
The kiddos used cookie cutters and sprinkles to decorate their cookies, and I just supervised while they worked. After they went to bed, I decided to try something a little different from my normal cookie routine. I had seen these cookies on Pinterest and thought they were the cutest things ever! No tutorial, though, so I started searching how to make regular swirl lollipops. I found a tutorial on how to make it out of fondant, so that's where I started.
Your dough will be really soft after this step. I didn't chill it but just dove right in, and if I were to do it again, I would definitely chill it for a little bit so it's easier to roll out. Also, I wouldn't use flour - it rolled a little better with some friction from the counter. But that was just my experience - do whatever works for you :D
Line them up, then roll them together evenly.
Once it is to the thickness you want, you can start making the swirls look the way you want them. Roll in the same direction both ways so that the swirl is continuous across the entire snake.
Once it looks the way you want it to, start at one end and roll toward the other.
It's that simple! This dough was pretty sticky because of working with it and not chilling it, so it stuck together well. Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet and shove a lollipop stick in one end. Bake according to recipe directions - but keep an eye on it. I had to add a couple of minutes because they still looked shiny in the center - I guess because there's so much dough rolled together.
Let cool completely on the cookie sheet, then bag them and close with a cute twist-tie.
My favorite color combos were the purple/black and lime green/black. So fun!!
All done! Pass out to all your neighbors and friends :D
Enjoy! If you make these, I'd love to see pictures of what you come up with!!