Brownie Shortbread Cookie Pops
Yields 9 cookie pops
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
¾ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
4. For the shortbread cookies: In a large mixing bowl (or bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), cream the butter on medium speed of an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and continue to beat for about another 3 minutes or until creamy and smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl periodically with a rubber spatula. Beat in vanilla. Add flour and salt all at once and beat on low speed until the dough comes together in clumps. Pat the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until the dough is firm but still pliable. Once chilled, place the dough between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper and roll out to slightly less than a ¼ inch thick. Cut out 18 hearts with a 2 inch heart cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You may have to re-roll the dough scraps once to get all 18 cookies. Return the cookies to the refrigerator for another 10 minutes until the dough is firm. If desired, brush half of the cookie tops with egg white and sprinkles for decoration. Bake in 350 degree oven for 8 minutes or until the bottoms of the cookies are a light golden brown. Move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. To assemble: Lift the brownies out of the pan by the foil “sling”. Cut out 9 hearts using the same heart cookie cutter as the cookies. Push a cookie stick through the center of each brownie heart from the bottom but don’t go all the way through the top. Using a knife or spoon brush the entire brownie with the melted chocolate. Sandwich the brownie between two sugar cookies so that the bottoms of the cookies are facing the brownie. Sprinkle the exposed brownie edge with sprinkles and place the cookie pop on a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining brownies and cookies. When finished assembling, place the pops in the refrigerator to harden the chocolate for about 10 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator, store in an airtight container at room temperature or package the pops individually.
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