Use a pick to turn these cookies into a real eye-catcher

Cookies were first brought to America around 400 years ago by Dutch emigrants arriving in New Amsterdam, modern-day New York. Over time, the Dutch word "koekje" was then Anglicized to "cookie." Even so, the cookies we know today weren't common until the late 18th century, when they were made by creaming butter and sugar.  

But now we've gone through the history of this baked treat, it's time to look to the future. Here are four innovative cookie designs that we're particularly proud of...

1. Watermelon Cookies

You'll need:

  • flour for the worktop
  • 1 portion of cookie dough with red food coloring
  • 1 portion of cookie dough
  • 1 portion of cookie dough with green food coloring
  • some milk
  • chocolate drops

Here's how:

1. Sprinkle a decent amount of flour onto the worktop. Start to roll the red dough into a cylinder.

2. Sprinkle some more flour onto your worktop and roll out the uncolored cookie dough using a floured rolling pin; make sure the dough is the same width as the red dough cylinder. Brush a thin layer of milk onto the uncolored dough and cut along to the top edge. This ensures you have a straight edge when you roll up the red dough cylinder.

3. Repeat these steps with the green dough: roll out, brush on milk, cut and roll up.

4. Before performing the next steps, refrigerate the dough for an hour. Now cut two thick slices from each end of the dough so that you can attain a smooth finish. Next, cut the dough roll in half lengthways. Cut the two melon halves into equally-sized slices. To finish, press the chocolate drops into the dough to create melon seeds. Bake the cookies in a convection oven set to 360°F for 15 minutes.   

2. Cookie Fries

You'll need:

  • 1 portion of cookie dough
  • sugar to sprinkle on
  • strawberry jelly (optional)
  • liquid white couverture chocolate (optional)

Here's how:

1. Shape the cookie dough into a ball; it doesn't need to be perfectly round and can be slightly bumpy. Cut the dough into thick slices.

2. Roll out the dough slices so that they become slightly bigger. Next, cut them into thin slices that are as wide as their thickness. 

3. Bake your "fries" at 390°F in a convection oven for 10 minutes. While they're still warm, sprinkle on the sugar. For the finishing touch, serve the cookie fries with strawberry jelly and liquid white couverture chocolate. 

3. Lollipop Cookies

You'll need:

  • 1 portion of cookie dough
  • 1 portion of cookie dough with red food coloring

Here's how:

1. pull an equally-sized portion of dough from each type. First form each portion into balls and then roll them out into strands of equal length and thickness using both hands. 

2. Twist the dough strands into a spiral and roll them about on the worktop so that the strands attach to one another. Roll the spiral strand into a lollipop shape and bake it at 360°F for 15 minutes. Once baked, careful insert a cake pop stick into the lollipop spirals. As long as the cookies are warm, there should be no danger of breaking them.

4. Galaxy Cookies

You'll need:

  • baked round cookies
  • frosting in different colors

Here's how:

1. Fill piping bags with frosting in different colors. Start by piping a ring of black frosting onto the cookie from outer edge toward the center.

2. Now pipe a wider ring of dark blue frosting inside the black one. In the dark blue ring, pipe a small ring of pink frosting before adding a large drop of white frosting in the center.

3. Use a toothpick to mix the different types of frosting with each other while they're still liquid.

4. Use a toothpick dipped in white frosting to add little stars to the galaxy. Instead of using conventional frosting, you can also create an out-of-this-world glaze using the following recipe.

It may almost seem a shame to gobble up some of these wonderfully designed cookies. But once you've taken the first bite, there'll certainly be no regrets! Happy baking!

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