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Candy-filled maraca cookies

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...

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Candy-filled maraca cookies

Candy-filled maraca cookie recipe

Yields approximately 36 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 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
1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

"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

7

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

8

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

9

Allow them to dry

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

Candy-filled maraca cookies

10

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

11

Shake and eat

Candy-filled maraca cookies

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