Instead of baking a cookie stick directly in a cookie, I find that it’s best to bake the stick in a cookie dough scrap and attach it to the cookie later. This prevents distortion in the decorated cookie (no indents!) and also provides added strength to the cookie pop (double cookie layer!). After experimenting with a few different ways to make cookie pops, this method is my favorite. I used my Orange Vanilla Spice cookie recipe for this project, which is available in my tutorial shop. After you’ve cut out your cookies, use the scraps for the cookie sticks. I usually cut my scraps to about 1 x 1.5″ rectangles. Brush the scraps with water to help “glue” the sticks. Press the stick (this is a Wilton 8″ cookie stick) into the cookie dough.