Tuesday 5 March 2013

Cinnamon Kiss Pops

Part three of party baking preparations: more treats on sticks. Many will tell you that there is no such thing as too much chocolate. However, with Chocolate Mud cupcakes on the menu, and inspired by Macaroons presented on sticks, I wanted to trial another flavour possibility. Enter the Cinnamon Kiss Pop. This recipe is adapted from the Chocolate Baby Whoopie Pies in the latest Countdown Food magazine. With the cinnamon instead of cocoa, the little treats are far more kiss than pie. The idea of just tossing all the ingredients into the beater is also very appealing indeed; however I couldn't help myself but cream the butter, sugar and eggs first. 
Cinnamon Kiss Pops

100g butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 190deg. C.
Cream the softened butter, sugar and eggs until light and fluffy.
Add the remaining ingredients into the beater and briefly mix.
Put the mixture into a pipping bag fitted with a round, wide nozzle. Pipe out into small rounds on a naking paper lined tray.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. They should not brown.  

 Mocked Cream Frosting

100g softened butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
2 tablespoons hot water

Place all the frosting ingredients into the beater and beat until light, pale and fluffy. 
Pair up the kisses.
Place teaspoon lots of frosting onto one of the kiss pairs.
Make an indentation in the centre of each one, and fill with a half teaspoon of jam.
I used the Plum jam I made a couple of weeks ago. Don't put too much in or it will squirt out when you sandwich the kisses together.
Push an ice cream stick into the frosting filling and leave to set before attempting to stand the pops up.

They got the birthday girl approval, and Little Miss was very happy to take them to preschool in her lunch. All part of the pre-party excitement!

I think I will be making these on the day as they are definately better fresh.

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