Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Yummy Christmas - Candy Cookie Trees

1-christmas tree cookie conesHere is another delicious YET easy treat to make with your kids over the holidays. Most of the ideas are from pinterest :)
This is from GREAT JOB CCC. I love it

What you need...
  1. Sugar cones
  2. Cookie batter
  3. Chocolate chips
  4. Candy toppings,
  5. Lollipop sticks.
Here’s how to make it:
If needed, lower the top rack in the oven so that the sugar cones won’t be too close to the top of the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Remove the sugar cones from the package and put them in an upright dish for easy handling.  A sundae dish or tall mug works well for this.
Add about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough into the bottom of each sugar cone.  I used cookie dough from a recent recipe I made called Chocolate Toffee Caramel Cupcookies.
The dough should fill about ½ of each sugar cone.
The empty space that’s left at the top of the sugar cone should be enough room for the dough to rise (if there is too much dough in the sugar cone it will run over the sides in the oven).
Set the cones aside while you prep the foil.
Squeeze each piece of foil into a tight donut-type shape with a small inner circle so that the tip of the sugar cone will fit tightly in the middle of the foil.
Lay each piece of crumbled up foil at the bottom of a bread loaf pan.  Add the sugar cones bottom side down (with the pointy side down) into the foil.  Squeeze the foil tightly around the cones so they stand up straight.
Add more crumbled up pieces of foil in the bottom of the pan if needed to prop up the cones securely.
If you’re baking a few of the sugar cones at a time, a bread loaf pan works well; or if you’re baking all of the sugar cones at one time, a large pan with similar depth such as a roaster pan works well.
Bake in a preheated oven for about 18 minutes or until the cookie dough is cooked.
Keep a close eye on the sugar cones to make sure the tops don’t burn.
When the cookie cones are done, remove them from the oven.  Leave them in the baking pan and while they are still hot, add chocolate chips in the middle of the cone all the way to the top of the cone.
Then add a lollipop stick in the middle of each cone poking it through the chocolate chips and the soft cookie.
Let the cookie cones cool completely in the baking pan.
Add the candy coating to a small bowl and heat it in the microwave for 25 seconds.  Then give it a stir if possible.
Then heat it for another 25 seconds and give it another stir.  If it still needs more time heat it for another 10 seconds.
Hold the cookie cone by the stick in one hand and with the other hand dip the back of a small spoon in the candy coating and spread it on to the sides of the cookie cone.
Spread it on a bit thick so that there is enough area for the candies to stick.
Then immediately add the toppings to the candy coating so they will stick.
Let the candy coated cookie cones completely cool.  (wow…that’s a hard sentence to say fast ten times).
Some options for storing the cookie cones while they cool are to put them stick side down in a tall mug, medium size glass, sundae dish, or in between the holes on a cooling rack stand.

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