Hope everybody already finished all your Christmas preparations and shopping, so you can have time to make these pretty mini birdhouse cookie pops. I bet you also will have time to make this super easy snowy cookie pop stand to display them.
MINI BIRDHOUSE COOKIE POPS
You will need:
- Mini gingerbread houses
- lollipops sticks
- decorated straws (optional)
- Candy melts
These mini bird house cake pops were made with a template I found here. You will need some patience to cut them but they are super cute. If you are not that patience I have an option at the end of the blog for you. Going back to the mini bird houses, just follow the instructions in the link or you can even use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. The site is in polish so I use Google translate for the English version. The only change I make to the template was to substitute the door for a circle that you can cut with a straw or really small circular cookie cutter. Once the birdhouse is build and decorated you follow these steps:
A. Microwave the candy melts until they are totally melted. You need just a little bit for each cookie pop.
B. Take as much candy melts as you can with the stick.
C. Put the stick in the center of the birdhouse cookie and hold it in place for a few seconds until it stand on its on.
Let it rest for a few minutes and then cover the stick with the decorative straw. Now that is all dress up we need a beautiful and easy cookie pop stand to displayed them.
COOKIE POP STAND
You will need:
- Styrofoam ball – size depends on how many you want to display. One 5 inch half ball will hold at least 8 cake/cookie pops.
- Corn syrup to use it as glue
- Royal icing
2. You need withe fondant for this snow like effect but I have covered the stands in other colors depending the theme of the event.
3. Roll the fondant to 1/4″ thick and long enough to cover your Styrofoam ball.
4. Using a small paint brush apply corn syrup all around the ball
5. Covered the ball with the fondant and using your hand smooth the surface until the fondant is glued to the ball.
6. Using a fondant tool firmly mark the edges of the ball
7. Use a pizza cutter or an exact o knife to cut the excess fondant
8. Make the holes for the number of cookies you want to display. Next with the royal icing first outline the snow shape and then flood it. Note that I didn’t put royal icing around the holes because it will get really hard once is dry.
9. Sprinkle the sugar on top of the wet royal icing and shake the excess
Just let it dry for a couple of hours and you will have your beautiful cake or cookie pop stand !
Finally for those that are not patient enough to cut little pieces for the bird houses you can get this gingerbread house cutter. Is easy to use and will allow you to have the cookies ready in no time. It is from Sweet Creations by Good Cook, you can find it online or I get mine in my grocery store. They are now on sale!
However the house is not as tiny as the template that I use for the cookie pops, you can check the difference in size in this picture. Still they are mini and as cute as they can be. You can probably entertain your little kids this Christmas building some gingerbread/sugar cookie houses.
I think this birdhouse theme could be use for a bridal shower in different colors specially during spring time. So go and get your cutter before Christmas season is over.