Piñata Cookies How-To

Kids will love breaking into these colorful cookies, which hide a sweet surprise inside.

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Angie McGowen
I’ve got a super fun idea for you: candy-filled Piñata Cookies! These might look difficult to make, but they’re really not. I used Pillsbury cookie dough, food coloring and cookie frosting to make them. That’s it! They just take a little time and patience.

The most important thing you have to get to make these is the cookie cutter. Burro-shaped cookie cutters are available at most craft stores seasonally. You can also get them online anytime of year. If you are having problems finding a burro cookie cutter, you can always use a horse, a sombrero or any other shape you like. Try a pumpkin for a Halloween party or a heart for a Valentine’s party.

To get started, divide three rolls of Pillsbury® sugar cookie dough evenly into four parts. Tint each portion a different color.

Divide each colored portion into thirds.

different colored dough on a plate and also divided
Next find a container that is as deep as the cookie cutter is tall. I didn’t have any containers this size, so I made one out of a cereal box and lined it with plastic wrap.

Layer the colors of cookie dough in the box, alternating the colors.

line a container and alternate dough
Place it in the refrigerator and let it firm up. Then I unwrap the dough and get ready to slice it.

I slice the dough into thin slices, about 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Place the slices on a cookie sheet; bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until set. While they are still warm, cut out the burro shape. For every third cookie, use a small round cookie cutter to cut out a hole in the belly for the candy surprise. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet; transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

block of layered dough and dough rolled out with cookie cutter on it
Place one cookie on a work surface and outline it with frosting.

Top that cookie with a cookie that has a small hole cut out. Fill the hole with chocolate candy-coated pieces.

Outline this cookie in frosting and then top with another cookie.

add frosting, cookie with hole filled with candy and additional cookie on top
Now you have Piñata Cookies with a surprise inside! finished horse cookie
These make great treats for Cinco de Mayo or children’s birthday parties. Here are a couple of ideas you could also try, Surprise Pumpkin Cookies for a Halloween party or Red Hot Heart Cookies for a Valentine’s Day party. Surprise Pumpkin Cookie and Red Hot Heart Cookie
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