Hooray For Cotton Candy Sandwich Cookies!
Nothing puts a smile on my babies’ faces more than a heaping handful of cotton candy! I know, nothing but pure spun sugar, but there’s something magical about that airy, sweet stuff. Maybe it’s the pure sugar high that causes us to get the case of the giggles whenever we melt that blue and pink candy int our mouths. To us, it is a happy reminder to be a kid again. Cotton candy just puts summer fun, carnivals, and circuses on the map. I even know some adults who adore this stuff more than my girls.
It only seems fit that the popular flavor is now sold in the isles of many grocery stores as frosting, boxed mixes, ice cream, lollipops, and flavored lip gloss. But a cookie? Oh no, I’ve never seen a cookie flavored as cotton candy! These are the perfect match for my pink princesses. Bright pink, soft and chewy cotton candy flavored cookies with a fluffy helping of real cotton candy smashed in between, how could these NOT catch your eye?!
Circus and carnival parties are a big theme for birthdays, I did one myself for the eldest little. I think these would look absolutely adorable on the perfectly dressed kid’s party table, don’t you? And let’s not forget they are pretty simple to make.
This recipe calls for Cotton Candy Extract. It is available online and in many specialty cake supply stores, I have yet to see this stuff at the big chain grocers. However, one bottle will last you a life time! Cotton candy extract is strong so a little goes a long way. If you are dying to make these but can’t wait to get your hands on the cotton candy extract, you can substitute the extract with a 1/2 tsp of raspberry extract and 1/2 tsp of strawberry extract. It gives a very similar flavor to cotton candy because most are a light, berry based flavor. In addition to the extract, I like to use strawberry creme instant pudding mix by Jello. I find this flavor at my local Walmart stores. You can’t substitute this for gelatin, it has a completely different make up and will change the texture and baking of the cookies. If you don’t have access to this flavor pudding, you can substitute it with an instant vanilla pudding mix.
Cotton Candy Sandwich Cookies
2 sticks margarine (must be 80% vegetable shortening), softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup strawberry creme instant pudding(1 box and NOT gelatin, must be pudding!)
1 tsp imitation cotton candy extract
( this is available online and in cake supply stores, but if you don’t have it you may substitute 1/2 tsp raspberry extract and 1/2 tsp strawberry extract).
1/4 tsp pink food coloring gel
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/3 cup all purpose flour (not sifted)
2 containers of cotton candy
Non-stick baking pans
1 tbsp disher (ice cream scoop)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Beat margarine until smooth. Cream in sugar.
3. Mix in instant pudding. Add in whole eggs one at a time.
4. Then add extract, pink food gel, salt, and baking soda.
5. On lowest setting, slowly at flour a little at a time until thoroughly combined.
6. Using disher, scoop out a ball of dough. Place the flat side down on the baking sheet. Cookie dough balls should be at least 1.5″ apart.
7. Bake 8-9 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
8. When cookies are cool, pull a good size of cotton candy out of container and place it in between 2 cookies, forming a sandwich.