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On Cinco De Mayo!

Fill these hollow maraca cookies with Nerds candies, and they'll sound as good as they taste.

Candy-filled maraca cookies

Candy-filled maraca cookie recipe

Yields approximately 36 cookies


  • 1 tube sugar cookie dough
  • 1 cup green candy melts
  • 1 cup tan candy melts
  • 1 cup red candy melts
  • 1/4 cup black candy melts
  • Nerds candies
  • Pirouette rolled wafer cookies
  • Red Life Savers Gummies

Prepare dough

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll 1-inch balls of sugar cookie dough and place inside the bottom half of a lightly greased cake ball pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Shape dough

Using a melon ball tool, lightly press the insides of each cookie to flatten and hollow. Allow cookies to cool in pan for 5 more minutes. Using a sharp knife, carefully loosen and remove cookies. Repeat baking steps with remaining dough.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Fill with Nerds

Group the cookie halves into pairs, and fill the bottoms with Nerds candies. Melt tan candy melts in a microwave safe bowl, 30-seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until melted. Dip the open edge of the top cookie halves in candy melt.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Form the maraca rattle

Attach to the bottom pairs filled with Nerds. Allow to cool and harden. Any drips can be cleaned up with a knife after they're firm.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Create the maraca handle

Cut Pirouette cookie sticks in half. Insert a red Life Savers Gummies candy on the tip of each cookie stick.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


"Paint" the maracas

Melt green candy melts in the microwave. Dip the bottom 1/3 of each cookie ball in the green candy melt.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Attach the handle to the rattle

Flip them over and attach a Pirouette cookie stick with Life Savers Gummies. Place in a drying rack or in a mini cupcake pan to cool and harden.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Coat the rest of the cookie

Reheat and melt the tan candy melts again in the microwave. Dip the cookie balls with attached Pirouette sticks into the tan candy melt and coat the remaining cookie area.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Allow them to dry

Flip upright and place inside small glasses to cool and harden.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Add the finishing touches

Melt red candy melts in the microwave. Dip the top 1/3 of each cookie ball in the red candy melt. Flip upright again and place inside glasses to cool and harden. Melt black and white candy melts in microwave. Using a paintbrush, add decorative stripes and dots to your maraca cookies.

Candy-filled maraca cookies


Shake and eat

Candy-filled maraca cookies

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Comments on "Candy-filled maraca cookies"

Sandra September 02, 2013 | 10:37 AM

I found my cake ball pan at Target. But I've also seen them at Walmart, Hobby Lobby and JoAnne's.

charlotte July 05, 2013 | 6:53 PM

Where do you find the ball pans? We were all over town today and couldn't find one

Cynthia June 07, 2013 | 2:33 PM

If you get 36 balls of dough from 1 tube and each ball makes one half of the ball, then wouldn't you only get 18 maraca cookies?

Sandra May 12, 2013 | 7:13 AM

You will get at least 36, 1-inch balls from a tube of cookie dough.

Barbara May 10, 2013 | 9:50 PM

About how many 1" balls do you get from the tube of cookie dough?

Lemon May 02, 2013 | 3:50 PM

Um WAY AWESOME! Would totally make these... however! Would rather use chocolate for the center like choc. covered sun flower seeds or choc. candy pieces. Nerds actually probably make a better noise but that sounds nasty on an edible level. Creative!!!! Love it!!!!

Sandra Denneler May 02, 2013 | 6:49 AM

Thanks. I got those tall shot glasses from Walmart. I believe they're the same ones used last summer in my tutorial for Tequila Lime Pie Shooters. http://www.sheknows/food-and-recipes/articles/966649/tequila-lime-pie-shooters

Lisa May 01, 2013 | 6:06 AM

Creative idea & instructions easy to follow! Where did you get those glasses from?

Liz April 19, 2013 | 7:58 AM

Great idea love, love them!!! I was thinking of making maracas cake pops but this ones are even better, great job!!!!

Kim @KimsKandyKreations April 18, 2013 | 2:17 PM

What a wonderful idea! I have to throw a Cinco de Mayo party next month and these will be PERFECT. And I think they may be easy enough for even me to handle. Thanks for sharing these.

Sandra Denneler April 18, 2013 | 6:25 AM

I was hoping someone would have that idea! Yep, these would make great rattles at a baby shower. Add a little Life Saver at the bottom of the stick and maybe a candy button on top. Perfect!

Carmella April 18, 2013 | 5:59 AM

OMG I am changing this up and making baby rattles for my daughters baby shower

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