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Piñata-shaped jello shots

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

A fun twist to the piñata cookie

Here's a fun way to turn the piñata cookie into a party cocktail. Margarita-flavored and piñata-shaped, these gelatin shots come with a salty surprise in the middle.

Pinata-shaped jello shots

This recipe will make approximately 12 piñata-shaped jello shots (and lots of extra jello bites).


  • 3 cups premixed margarita
  • 1 ounce unflavored gelatin (four 1/4-ounce packages)
  • 4 teaspoons sweetened condensed milk
  • Food coloring
  • Margarita salt
  • Mini piñata cookie cutter (I bought mine at
  • Plastic container the same size as your cookie cutter



Heat 3 cups of premixed margarita in the microwave for 3 minutes. Sprinkle gelatin on top, allowing it to soak for a few minutes.

Adding gelatin to margarita mix


Stir gelatin and margarita for 5 minutes to dissolve gelatin completely.

Stirring the mixture, dissolving the gelatin into the margarita


Add 4 teaspoons of sweetened condensed milk and mix thoroughly. Pour 2/3 cup of the liquid into five cups or bowls.

Adding sweetened condensed milk to the gelatin-margarita mixture


Add food colorings. Lightly grease the container with nonstick cooking spray.

Add food coloring to the cups of gelatin-margarita mixture


Pour 1/3 cup of the first color into the container. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until firm. Add 1/3 cup of your next color. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes until firm. Repeat this process with 1/3 cup of each color. Then do the same thing again with the remaining 1/3 cup of colored mixes.

Colored gelatin mixture layered in a plastic container


Refrigerate layered jello mix overnight. To remove, run a knife blade around the outside of the container.

Pinata-colored gelatin removed from the plastic container


Cut layered gelatin into 1/2-inch slices.

Slice the pinata-colored jello


Spray piñata-shaped cookie cutter with nonstick cooking spray and cut shapes from the jello slices.

Cutting the jello into pinata-shapes


Make a slit in the middle back of each gelatin piñata.

Cutting a slit into the pinata-shaped jello shot


Insert 1/4 teaspoon margarita salt. And since it would be a shame to waste all the scraps after cutting your shapes, just cut up the leftover gelatin into bite-size, colorful pieces and put them on a plate in a light bed of margarita salt. Party guests can use toothpicks to pick them up and eat them.

Adding salt into the pinata-shaped jello shot

Final product: Piñata-shaped jello shots

Pinata-shaped jello shots

Want more?

Click here to view our Cinco de Mayo piñata cookies tutorial!

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