I firmly believe age is only a number and some people will always be young at heart.  If my unwavering love of candy is any indication, I’m still hanging out around age 8.  You can imagine, then, my extreme excitement at the idea of a cookie incorporating Pop Rocks.  I am easily amused and have been fascinated with Pop Rocks since I was a child.  The crazy snap-crackle-pop feeling of them in your mouth is weird and fun at the same time.  The idea of using them in a dessert to represent some of the firecracker fun of the Fourth of July is inspired – I love it!

The one drawback to the use of Pop Rocks is that they are time sensitive.  As soon as you open the package you can hear them quietly crackling, and they begin to stick together a bit (or at least they did in my humid kitchen).  The moisture of the frosting also melts them down slightly on contact.  To be sure that they have maximum popping activity, I recommend adding the Pop Rocks just before serving.  This would be a fun activity with kids, letting them add the Pop Rocks themselves before eating and enjoying.  Or, if you would rather do something that can be made in advance, you could just use a mixture of red, white and blue sprinkles and call it a day.

Side note – You know the urban myth that eating Pop Rocks and drinking Coke at the same time will make you explode (or something)?  I won’t lie, as a kid I was 99% sure it wasn’t true…but not sure enough to try it myself.  Now I know better but still find the proposition intriguing, so I went ahead and tried it while I was making these cookies.  Obviously I lived to tell the tale so it is apparently not as lethal as kids might believe, but man, it was a crazy party in my mouth!


For the cookies:
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
½ cup milk

For the filling:
10 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1¼ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Pinch of salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. heavy cream

To finish:
Red and blue Pop Rocks (about 3 packages of each)
White jimmies or other sprinkles (optional)


  • 01

    To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.  In the bowl of an electric mixer combine the butter and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.  Blend in the egg and egg white, scraping down the bowl between additions.  Blend in the vanilla.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; whisk to blend.  With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients, mixing just until incorporated.  Mix in the milk.  Beat in the remaining dry ingredients, just until incorporated.

  • 02

    Transfer the cookie batter to a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (I used an Ateco #809).  Pipe the batter into 1½-inch rounds onto the prepared pans, spacing them an inch or two apart.  Bake 7-8 minutes, just until set.  Let cool on the pan at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • 03

    To make the filling, whip the butter on medium-high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds.  Mix in the confectioners’ sugar and salt, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla and heavy cream on low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip for 4 minutes, stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.  Transfer to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip.

  • 04

    To assemble the cookies, match them up in pairs by size.  Pipe a dollop of filling onto the flat side of one cookie of each pair, and sandwich the cookies together, pushing the filling to the edges.  Place the Pop Rocks in small bowls (mix in white jimmies for contrast, if desired).  Dip the edges of the cookies into the Pop Rocks so that they adhere to the frosting.  Serve immediately.


  • They look amazing! Such a perfect idea for the Fourth! Clamp!

  • these look yum!

  • The us of pop rocks is so fun and smart! Love it!

  • Didn’t Mikey from the Life commercial supposedly die from eating Pop Rocks and pop? Good thing that wasn’t true…this is such a great idea for the 4th. Love the whoopie pies in red white and blue – they are way too cute. I just have to see if I can find red and blue pop rocks somewhere..

  • Annie

    I think the drug store is always the best place to find random types of candy like this. Whenever I can’t find something specific at regular stores, the drug store always seems to have it.

  • Adorable and delicious!

  • These are simply adorable! And they look delicious, too! Side note, I’ve always been obsessed with those colorful burger baskets (in the background) and need to go to Sur La Table and stock up because they sell 3 or 4 different colors there. ;)

  • I love this. And didn’t even know that Pop Rocks still existed!

  • I’m about 8, as well. I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving candy. My cravings have gone down since I turned 30 but I still love the sweet taste!! These whoopie pies caught my eye because I’m not a huge chocolate fan. Making them with sugar cookie type base is genius!

  • This is a fantastic idea!! The perfect 4th of July dessert!

  • I am SO making these for the weekend!!! My boys will love the Pop Rocks…….wow those bring back some memories!

  • These are such a great idea! I bet kids would LOVE them! Thanks for experimenting with the poprocks and Coke and reporting back! I know I believed it enough not to try it too (at least as a kid) – now I think it would be fun :)

  • Annie

    I also found them at Joann’s for super cheap (in red, yellow, green and blue) :)

  • Haha. What a fun and clever idea! Love it!

  • Kelsey

    What a fun treat, Annie! And your Pop Rock and Coke commentary was hilarious. Happy 4th!

  • I love this! I have never ever thought about using pop rocks to bake with. So festive! And I’m glad to know you survived the experiment. It’s like Mythbusters right in your kitchen :)

  • Haha! Thanks Annie for transporting me back to my childhood this morning with all your talk about pop rocks! These cookies look so fun and festive!

  • What can I add to make these chocolate? :)

  • How fun! I love pop rocks and living in Texas it’s going to be the closest I get to anything popping because we have no fireworks this year :( These cookies sound fabulous!

  • What a great idea. I love pop rocks. Last year I made your normal whoopie pies and they were a huge hit. I will have to put this on my to do list for next year!

  • Ha… I remember that myth. I was with you – sure it wasn’t true but too chicken to try it. These whoopie pies are such a fun idea!

  • Awww love these! Whoopie pies are the perfect way to celebrate!

  • Rebecca

    Annie, I absolutely love that you tried the coke and pop rocks combination! It’s funny how becoming “adults” makes us confident enough to try the crazy stuff we didn’t do as kids! Glad to hear it’s not as deadly as warned though :-)

  • Annie, this is such a fun idea! I haven’t had pop rocks in 20 years :) Love this!

  • Pam

    I always thought Pop Rocks were the oddest candy around. And yes, I also believed as a kid they were potentially hazardous and explosive (LOL). Good to see you found a worthwhile use for such an otherwise odd candy! These look wonderful. Thanks.

  • Annie

    You could just use a chocolate whoopie pie recipe instead. I have one in the blog, you can find via the search bar. Enjoy!

  • So so cute :) look almost too good to eat! (yeah i said ALMOST…i would definitely eat far too many if i could!)

  • That’s such a cute idea! I loved Pop rocks as a kid!

    Also, that’s pretty awesome to try Pop Rocks with soda…mega burps I’m sure haha! I’ve heard of the Mentos with soda idea and would be way too afraid to try that!

  • How creative! I love that you’ve figured out when to add them to the whoopie pies for “maximum popping activity” – you really do provide your readers with all the important details :)

  • Annie

    Hey, this is crucial information, right? ;)

  • What a super cute idea! Pop Rocks were my favorite as a kid.

  • I love this! Pop rocks are one of my favorite inspirations for Fourth of July recipes! If only they weren’t so time sensitive and finicky!

  • Felicia

    I’m not sure where you live, but if you have a Cracker Barrel near you, they sell pop rocks and lots of other fun nostalgic candies!

  • Lindsay

    Love it! So creative and festive. Thank you for yet another fun recipe!

  • I love firecrackers they are so good!
    I would buy them all the time, until they stopped selling them at the corner store :( ,
    I am so glad I found them in the local grocery store now :)
    Thank you for sharing your recipe

  • The last paragraph made me laugh out loud. It’s so true!! You know it’s not true but can’t help but be a little afraid to try, I still won’t say “Bloody Mary” into a mirror in the bathroom when it’s dark. I don’t care how tempting the dare is :)

    Another wonderful idea and post!

  • So Festive and Fun!

  • Wow does those look perfect for any party! What fun.

  • These look really fun! Perfect for the kiddos and kiddos at heart.

    I have to admit, I’m waiting for the soft sugar cookie recipe from Andrew’s Bday. I’m sure you’re super busy, but inquiring minds want to know. I’ve had zero success with soft sugar cookies.

  • Gen

    So cute! Can’t wait to try these! And hoping to see the recipe for the soft frosted cookies from the B-Day Party. I’ve been trying to make those for years.

  • very! :)

  • deem


    where did u get the paper you served the cookies on ? thanks..

  • Annie

    I bought that a few years ago, don’t remember where. Sorry!

  • Emily Thome

    These were so fun! I made them yesterday for our Fourth celebration. I put the sandwiches together ahead of time, and took the platter of cookies and a plate of pop rocks out to the table. I rolled them as I handed them off to kids and they loved hearing the popping as the cookies got covered in pop rocks. I must say, it was fun to eat and feel the popping! Thanks so much!

  • Kristin

    I absolutely love your blog and can’t wait to see your new postings!! I am trying to attempt some of your recipes and slowing learning to do the royal iciing. (I think I’m getting worse the more I practice!) Thank you for all your time doing this and sharing all your delicious recipes!

  • I woke up my hubs laughing in bed at the thought of you trying the POP rocks thing…love it!!

  • Cara T

    I made these this morning just for fun and they turned out great. What a wonderful idea!

  • Jen T.

    These are so cute! These remind me of a bar/restaurant off campus at my college (University of Illinois, not far from Indy!) that served the weirdest drink ever- it was labeled as a martini, and called “Hawaiian Punch You in the Face”. It was basically just a super sugary fruity drink, but the glass was rimmed with Pop Rocks. It actually ended up being a fun goofy idea we did for a friend’s bachelorette with lemon drop martinis. These are another really fun application!

  • Ellen

    Do you have a classic go-to vanilla whoopie pie recipe? Would this be it?

  • Annie

    These are the only vanilla version I’ve made so far, so this would be the only one I know as of yet :)

  • Freeheart12

    Do you think adding red food coloring would have the same appearance of a red velvet whoopie pie? I know it would not taste like red velvet. I just made a chocolate devils food whoopie recipe this weekend. The were amazing. Now I am in search of a red velvet recipe that results in a smooth, even top. Any suggestions?

  • annieseats

    I have a red velvet whoopie pie recipe posted. I would start there.