Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cookie (Not)Pop.... Success!!


If you didn't see my last post about my cookie pop FAIL, go check out the glory that was my fugly cookie pops... don't worry... I'll wait.

*GAAAAASP*
 I know, I know, they don't look THAAAT bad. However, if only you could see how magically they were supposed to look in my head.  It was really a thing of beauty.

At least, these bad boys tasted amazing so it wasn't really a loss at all!

After that little disaster I decided that I needed to rethink it and try again

I pretty quickly gave up the idea of actually putting these little suckers on a stick. Since the molds weren't intended to have a stick it really was the biggest/only hurdle here.

- Consider the sticks scrapped! Check!

Now all I really had to do was follow the instructions on the molds, which can be a bit boring but I tried to put a bit of an artistic spin on it.

Here is what I ended up with:



My preeeecciiooooous! (which is exactly how I felt when I was done with these and they actually looked decent)




What you'll need:


 

-Wilton cookie candy molds
- A fine paintbrush that has only been used with food
- Various colors of candy melts (I used red, green, yellow, white chocolate, milk chocolate, and peppermint candy)
- Bowls for melting
- A spoon or two
- Oreos (whichever flavor you prefer.  I used the chocolate creme, and lemon creme)
- A little bit of fridge space


We will start with the easiest ones first:


- The snowflakes are by far the quickest and easiest because they only take one real mold step.

- For mine I melted down the peppermint candy (about 1/3 of the bag) in the microwave.



 - Then you are going to spoon in enough melted candy to fill each mold about 1/2 to 3/4 full.  Tap the mold on the table quite a few times to level out the candy and get rid of bubbles.  


- Now you are going to gently press an oreo into the melted candy until the candy comes up around the edges of the cookie. 

Note: I found it pretty much impossible to get them all perfect. For me it was either too much candy or too little. I didn't worry about it too much, since no one is really going to look at the bottom of them.


-  Now you are going to put them in the fridge for at least 10-15 minutes to set up.



Then pop them out on a plate and serve them!

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Now onto the next molds... the reindeer and Christmas lights!


- This is where we break out the paintbrush. For the details in the mold, you are going to have to paint in each little detail how you want it with a paintbrush.  You can paint everything realistically like in the mold cover, or you can just paint certain things and leave the rest blank. You can do whatever the heck you want! I prefer the look of having just a few colors pop and then leaving the rest white.

- For my cookies I started with red, by melting just a few of the chips (a little goes a long way with this part)


- Now you are going to just start carefully painting in the details you want. Keep a damp paper towel nearby to clean off the brush when needed.


- If you make a mistake, just clean of your brush and use it as an eraser.  The clean brush will pick up any of the stray candy.


- For this mold I wanted red on two of the reindeer's noses, two of the Christmas lights, and one of the other reindeer's hats.



-  You'll want to periodically flip it over to see how the color will look on the cookie. If you see a lot of light showing through (like above) you'll want to add another little coat of candy.


- Next I painted the other two lights green, and the other little hat.  Then I melted down some milk chocolate and painted in the little eyes and other noses.

- Now you are going to melt about 1/2 cup of white chocolate and scoop just a little bit into each mold.  Just enough to cover up what you have painted.  We want to seal it in.

Pay no attention to the one oreo. It's for an example of why we have to take the extra step.

-  Tap the candy level and put the mold into the refrigerator for a few minutes.

-  Once it's all set up, melt about 1 1/2 C of white chocolate.  Spoon the melted chocolate into the mold until each one is about half full.


- Push in the Oreos just like before.  Then put the mold in the refrigerator to chill.

- If you don't do the two step filling process you will end up running the colors when you push in the cookie.



- Here are what mine looked like in the end!

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- Using the same method as the first (snowflake) molds I made some lemon Santas and trees.







Woohooo!!! Finally, I successfully made these molds work for me. I probably should have followed the directions from the beginning, but whatever... I like to be difficult! I hope this tutorial can help you at least get some ideas!

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