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Emoji Oreo Pops!

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Surprise everyone with these adorable Emoji Oreo Pops! They look difficult- but I found some cookie cutters that make fast work of these cute little faces!

I’m not sure when the Emoji craze hit, but all of a sudden, these cute little social media expressions are EVERYWHERE! Pillows, T-shirts, masks, cards, balloons… People are even throwing Emoji parties (which actually sounds really fun…!)

Emoji Oreo Pops

In any case, when I decided to re-create these little guys I was unaware of how popular they are! I always google my ideas to see if I’m original or re-creating something, and there were a few Emoji Oreos and cookies out there- but they were mostly hand-drawn faces, and let’s face it: I am NO artist! I wondered if there were cookie cutters in the shapes of the faces- so I could use fondant. Most of the cutters were for full-sized cookies, not Oreos. But then I found these¬†from JB Cookie Cutters. They are available in a 2 inch size which was perfect!

Emoji Oreo Pops

Look at all the faces you can make with this set of cookie cutters! Very, very fun!!!! ūüôā

Let me show you how we put these little cookies together (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 25 cookies)

  • One box of Double Stuff Oreos
  • One and a half bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts in yellow
  • One box of Wilton’s white fondant¬†or make your own- recipe here
  • A little powdered sugar to roll the fondant out with
  • Gel food coloring in black, red and blue
  • You’ll also need some lollipop sticks, (and a set of tweezers, some toothpicks and a small paintbrush are helpful!)

DIRECTIONS: (if you have never made Oreo Pops before, click here for tips!)

  • Make all the components for your Emoji faces first! They will be ready to place on the melted candy when the time comes!
  • If you have never worked with fondant before, you might find our tutorial here helpful.
  • Pull a small ball of fondant off the block of Wilton’s white fondant and roll it into a ball.
  • Using a small rolling pin and a little powdered sugar, roll the fondant out like cookie dough and cut all the white pieces of the faces you want to make. The big eyes and teeth are easy- but the little teeth need a toothpick’s help to poke them out of the cutter when it picks them up off the table. You will also want to “paint” the black lines on the big teeth with black gel food coloring. You can use a toothpick or a small brush to do this.

Emoji Cookies Emoji Oreo Pops

  • You want to work with fondant starting with the lightest colors 1st and ending with the darkest, so next up is blue tears- then red tongues and hearts- and finally all the black pieces.
  • To color fondant, add gel to the center of the ball and knead it with your hands. You will get colored hands (unless you wear gloves).
  • Once you are finished with a color, you can keep it soft by protecting it from air (under a small dish or glass).
  • One note: When you get to the black pieces, the little eyebrows are SO tiny that I skipped cutting them out and just used a toothpick to draw them on the faces at the end (I can draw¬†eyebrows…) ūüôā¬†
  • To stick two pieces together (like pupils on the eyes, and tongues on the mouths), brush a little water on the back of the piece you want to “glue on” and place it where you want it.
  • Once your pieces are finished, just let them sit and harden up a bit while you make your Oreo Pops!

Emoji Oreo Pops

  • See the powdered sugar on the black pieces? Use a little paintbrush to brush that off once your Oreo pops are completed.
  • Twist apart all of your Oreos.
  • Melt your yellow candy melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
  • Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melts, spread a little on the top of the white filling of the Oreo and then press the stick into the white filling.
  • Place the top of the Oreo back on so that the stick is in the middle with the filling.
  • Do this for all the Oreos, and set them on a large plate or cookie sheet to FREEZE for about 10 minutes.
  • Hold a chilled pop by the stick, and spoon yellow candy melts over the top, bottom and sides of the Oreo.
  • Tap stick against the side of the bowl to get extra melts off, and gently pull the bottom of the Oreo along the edge of the bowl, scraping off excess melts.
  • Set Oreo on parchment paper to harden- but¬†before it hardens, place your fondant face on top. I used my fingers, but tweezers and a toothpick would be helpful in placing and positioning each piece. I honestly felt like I was playing the game “Operation”. You need steady hands!
  • Allow Oreo to harden up.
  • Brush away extra powdered sugar from face, and paint on some eyebrows for the faces that require some ūüôā
  • Let these sit for a couple hours to fully harden (you can chill to speed this up) and then serve! I placed them in individual cello bags and tied them with ribbons to make giving them away easy!
  • Enjoy!

Emoji Oreo Pops

My thoughts: These are probably the most fun dessert I’ve ever given away. These were a HUGE hit with everyone and resulted in lots of Emoji selfies ūüôā Here’s a little glimpse of the fun:

Emoji Lineup!

Of course, these are time consuming. Even with the added help of the little cookie cutters, they take time. If your time is limited, I recommend you make the fondant faces and then assemble the pops later. The good thing about these is that they keep for several weeks when they are tied up in those cello bags- so you can do them WAY ahead of an event! I hope you are brave enough to tackle these- and that my other posts on Oreo Pops and the use of fondant are helpful!  Enjoy! ~r

Emoji Oreo Pops

Other Oreo Pop ideas: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Ladybug Oreo Pops!Rainbow Oreo Pops!!!!Goldfish Oreo Pops!Football Field Oreo Pops

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A Cut-out Cookie Collection!

Cut-out Cookie CollectionIt’s nearly Christmas, and those cute bells, stars and tree cookie cutters are begging to be used! ¬†This post is dedicated to our favorite¬†cut-out cookie¬†recipes featured here on Easybaked. We have everything from gingerbread to mocha, simple sugar cookies to international favorites! Make this year’s cookies your best yet!

Let’s start with the family favorite. My mom’s thick and cake-like cutout cookie recipe features a hint of cinnamon flavor and is truly a part of our Christmas (and Easter, and 4th of July, and back-to-school and GO PACKERS!) traditions. These are easy, and freeze well- so you can make them ahead. Go ahead and click on that photo to see the recipe.

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Next, is my personal favorite: GINGERBREAD! ¬†These, too, have been a part of our family Christmas traditions. This recipe is my grandmother’s, and she faithfully made them every year, cut them as Christmas trees and decorated them with red-hots! Click on the photo to see her oh-so-yummy recipe!

Gingerbread Cookies!Similar to gingerbread are my Pumpkin Spice Cookies. These are sweeter and bake very flat and easy to decorate.

Pumpkin Pie Cutout cookies!Chocolate cut-out cookies that taste like the richest brownie but roll out and cut like a dream? Yes, please!  I love how the frosting colors really stand out on that dark chocolate! These chocolate cut-outs have been in our family awhile too- but as drop cookies that I tweaked to make cut-outs. Click the photo to see this delicious recipe:

Chocolate cut-out cookies

That chocolate cut-out recipe is so yummy that I experimented a little more with it to create a chocolate espresso cut out cookie and…oh my…one of my favorites!

Dark Chocolate Espresso Cookies!I’ve spent some time overseas and discovered a wonderful dessert in Prague called Medovnic. Then I found these wonderful little honey-filled cut out cookies called Medovniky that are often made at Christmas. I made them for autumn, but they are a delicious flavor for any season!!

Honey cookies cut into leaf shapes!

Speaking of international cookies, these Alfajores from Peru add a totally unique (and deliciously caramel-filled) flavor to the holidays.

Alfajores (Peruvian caramel cookie)!

When it comes to cut-out cookies, the cookie cutters make all the difference! I absolutely LOVE the look created by Linzer cookie cutters. Typically they are layered with a fruit filling, but I just used colored frosting and you have beautiful cookies with very little fancy frosting technique!

Linzer Christmas CookiesOne other thing you’ll need are some good frosting recipes, which I’ve compiled right here in a post called: Frostings, fillings and fun!

mmm......frosting!

I hope that these recipes inspire fun-filled cookie making times with your family this season.

Merry Christmas! 

~r

12/19/14: On a personal note: I blog my recipes ahead, and I prepared this post and my next one (very fun New Years cookies) several weeks ago. Since that time, my mom has been diagnosed with very, very aggressive cancer and admitted to Hospice. I just wanted to ask for all of you who have followed this little blog and enjoyed these recipes to keep our family in your prayers as we say good bye to her this Christmas. After next week’s post (which is already scheduled), ¬†I will probably take a little break from sharing recipes here. Many thanks, friends! ~r

(My personal and ministry blog is at: www.thenavajojourney.com, if you want to keep up with me there.)

Chocolate Football Cookies!

Chocolate Football Cookies!

These soft and chewy chocolate cut-out cookies make the perfect little footballs!  Are you ready for the season to start?  Kick it off with these adorable treats!

NFL football starts this week with a Thursday night game against the Packers (GO PACK GO!!!!!!) and Seattle.  Let the season of fun tailgating and snacking begin!!!

These are seriously the yummiest chocolate cookies ever, and the PERFECT, not-sticky, dough for cookie cutters. ¬†I’ve used this recipe SO many times here on easybaked. ¬†When I thought about making football cookies I automatically defaulted to this wonderful family recipe. I promise, you will¬†love it!!!

Here’s how they are made: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in ¬†large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter. ¬†I roll mine thick, so I get nice and chewy cookies.
  • Cut into football shapes using a football cookie cutter¬†and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave a little room for the cookies to spread.
  • Bake for 10 to 14 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface. ¬†Cool completely before moving- this allows the cookie to ‚Äúset‚ÄĚ. ¬†
  • Frost as desired. ¬†I used royal icing in a zip-top bag with a corner clipped off to decorate these. ¬†You can click¬†here for my royal icing recipe and instructions for use. ¬†You could also use regular icing or even melted white chocolate.
  • Allow icing to harden up before stacking.

Football Cookies!!!

My thoughts: These are so cute, and so yummy that I kept wandering by the table just took look at them while they hardened up. I couldn’t help but smile every time….and eat one. ¬†Which was bad, because I’ve eaten too much fry bread here on the Navajo Nation and I need to diet! ¬†They are irresistibly good…so I quickly have given them all away! ¬†Happy football season everyone!!! ¬†Bring on the fun!!!!! ¬†~r

Football Cookies!!!!!Other desserts that use this cookie recipe:

Chocolate cut-out cookiesTriple Chocolate Truffle CupsEspresso Cookies!!!Cadbury Egg Cookie Cups!!!!

 

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