Linda Stahl: Hi! I am Linda Stahl, and I am the Director of the Hershey Kitchens. Today we're going to be making happy Halloween Monster Pops. To get started, you will need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and then lightly grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
The ingredients we'll need today are refrigerated sugar cookie dough about 16 ounces, cut off about a half-an-inch from either end and then for each of those ends, cut that into quarters, kind of separate them, and put them off to the side. You don't need them right now.
With the remaining dough, you need to cut that into 8 equal sections. Kind of determine what you think is the center, cut each of those sections into half again, and then take those sections and half again.
The next step is to put just a little bit of flour on your counter, and you're going to take one of these sections, flatten it out slightly, put it down on your counter and press this into a circle that's about three-and-a-half inches in diameter, lightly for over the top with a rolling pin just to smooth out that surface. Go underneath your dough, and around the size to loosen it, lift it up, and transfer it to your cookie sheet.
The last step before we put them in the oven is to add the Popsicle Stick. What we'll do is put the Popsicle Stick here and this is where we're going to use those quarters that we saved. I am going to take that little piece of dough, flatten it out, place it over the Popsicle Stick, and that's going to hold that on there. Now these are ready to be baked. They're going to go in a 350 oven for 8-10 minutes. These cookies are light golden brown, so they're ready to come out of the oven.
What we need to do now is let them cool for 2 minutes on the tray, and then we'll transfer it to a cooling rack, so they can cool completely. We're going to take our 16 ounces vanilla ready to spread frosting, and now turn it in orange. You'll need 8 drops of yellow, 4 drops of red food coloring, mix this up. This should give you a nice orange color. Get your frosting on there, try and put some grooves in there to make it actually look like the outside of a pumpkin.
So I am going to have a little blonde girl over here. I am going to take my yellow Twizzlers Rainbow Twists. Cut them in half, her hair down each side, she has a part. So we are going to cut some shorter pieces, kind of put in there too. I am going to use two Rolos for her eyes, put those right there in the center and to give her a smile, I am going to cut this a little bit. I kind of like that twist in there. I am going to get that in there.
Another fun thing you can do is to take your Rainbow Twizzs and cut them into little pieces like that, pull them apart. You can actually string these like some little beads. Here's one already finished, and I took the ends and tied them and this is now becoming her headband. I need to use just a little bit of my frosting, put it on the back side of each end and I can glue her little headband in place.
As you can see, there are lots of things that you can do, lots of different faces that you can come up with. So let's try them. Nice cookie, very good! So there you have it! That's how you make happy Halloween Monster Pops.