The idea that the only acceptable time to decorate cookies is Christmas, is 100% a fallacy. Do you REALLY need an excuse? I say, no. These cookies are so fun and surprising, and the end product looks pretty and impressive. Not to mention, this recipe is SUPER versatile! Don't have a heart shaped cookie cutter? Use a Pumpkin, a Tree, a cup, anything.
* side note* This is NOT a sugar Cookie recipe, but if you have one you love, I'm sure it'll work too!
1.5C Butter (Salted, Room Temp)
1.5C Packed Brown Sugar
1/2C Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs (Room Temp!)
4C AP Flour
2t Baking Soda
3/4C Rainbow Sprinkles
4 Bags POP-ROCKS, cherry flavor
1 Tub Vanilla Frosting ( Or Martha Stewart's 7 minute frosting works well for this recipe too!)
1/2C powdered sugar for rolling dough out
1. Using a stand mixer, cream the butter for about 1 minute until light and fluffy. Add the granulated Sugar and Brown sugar and continue to mix until well incorporated and again, fluffy. (don't over mix)
2. With your mixer on low, add the Eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Making sure to scrape down the edges. Stir until *just combined*.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the Flour, Cornstarch, and Baking soda. Add the flour mixture, one cup at a time to the Mixing bowl (still on low speed and still scraping down the edges throughout)
4. Finally, add the sprinkles. ( I use a wooden spoon for this so the sprinkles don't break apart in the mixer)
5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap , and refrigerate for at leased an hour.
6. Using powdered sugar, Roll out the dough to about 1/4in thick. Use a large, heart shaped, cookie cutter first, then use a smaller one, to make a "window" in the center. Repeat until all the dough is used, using more powdered sugar as needed. ( you'll have some dough left. I just kept the tiny hearts, and let my kids decorate them with frosting)
7. Place the cookies on parchment Paper FIRST, then fill the "windows" with POP-Rocks about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the pop-rocks are melted and the cookies look *just* done.
**Don't move the cookies for a minimum of 10 MINUTES. The pop-rock centers need to set up.
8. This step is optional, but I think its WAY prettier. Use a Piping bag, and a small star tip to pipe around the inner and outer edges of the cookie. It can look a little sloppy, and this keeps things looking neat. Not to mention, Frosting. so... there's that.
There you go! Big, Soft, Pretty cookies, with a fun surprise in the center.