Here are my three youngest children enjoying the Rainbow Biscuit Lollypops that we made today.
This is not my original idea so I will signpost you to the original recipe and hope you have as much fun making and eating them as we did!
Firstly we made the dough using this recipe.
3/4 cup of softened butter
3 oz cream cheese
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 cups of plain flour
1 tsp of baking powder
Allow your children to mix the butter, cream cheese and sugar together. Then add the egg and vanilla. Once mixed add the flour and baking powder to form a firm dough.
The original recipe says only 2 3/4 cups of flour, but we needed quite a bit more to form a firm dough.
Divide your dough into four equal sizes. We found the easiest way to do this was to roll it out, and then Jack cut it in half and then each half into half again.
Now we were ready to dye the dough the colours that we wanted. I let the children choose what colours they wanted to use and as a result we ended up with some very bright (and slightly unsavoury) looking dough!
At this stage the dough looks remarkably like play dough and you might find that you want to let the children have time to play, mould, taste and enjoy the dough.
Here are the four colours that we ended up with. I tried a variety of liquid colourings and paste colourings to dye the dough. The paste colourings (which can be bought from any cake decorating shop) were so much brighter and needed far less colouring.
If you find that your dough is becoming sticky with all the colouring just add more flour.
At this stage we put the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm it up a bit. Apparently this helps the finished biscuit hold it's shape. If you don't have time then I am sure it isn't the end of the world!
Now for the fun bit. Gently twist the dough by rolling one end towards you and the other end away from you. Carry on doing this until you are happy with how much it has twisted.
If you are finding you have too much dough then split it into sections and do a bit at a time. The final sausage should be 15mm thick.
Roll a small section of the colourful dough around in a circular shape to make a biscuit that looks similar to this.
Each of our biscuits were about 10cms wide once rolled.
Insert a lollypop stick firmly into the biscuit and cook in a 180 degree oven for about 12 minutes or until they are slightly browned.
Whilst these biscuits hold their shape and stay on the stick firmly once cooled, they are absolutely delicious warm and straight out of the oven.
We wrapped up some of our biscuits in plastic wrapping and ribbons and gave them away to the children's friends.