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Pinata Cookies Tutorial

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Piñata cookie tutorial

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Piñata cookie tutorial

It wouldn't be a piñata without a candy surprise in the middle! These multi-striped, burro piñata sugar cookies are frosted together in sets of 3's. The middle cookies have hollow centers so that you can fill them with a secret stash of mini M&M's. That way, when you break open or bite into the cookie, the M&M's come spilling out. Just like a real piñata. Olé!
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There's a sweet treat inside these sugar cookies!

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There's a sweet treat inside these sugar cookies!

Cinco de Mayo piñata cookies.
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Finding the right sugar cookie container

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Finding the right sugar cookie container

Find a plastic container similar in size to your donkey/burro piñata cookie cutter. In a later step you'll be placing the layered sugar cookie dough in here to form the cookie log shape you'll need for later steps.
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Line with plastic wrap

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Line with plastic wrap

Line container with plastic wrap for easy removal of the dough later.
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Festive food coloring

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Festive food coloring

You will need a few colors of food coloring including black for your festive piñata cookies. Gel food coloring works best for intense colors.
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Separate the dough, and add color

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Separate the dough, and add color

Split dough into five, even-sized balls and one smaller ball (this will be the black). Add food coloring to each of the dough balls until desired color is achieved.
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Colorful sugar cookie dough

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Colorful sugar cookie dough

Now your dough is ready to be layered into the container.
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Layering the cookie dough

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Layering the cookie dough

Split all of your colored dough balls in half (except the black) and begin layering the dough in the container, starting with the black dough on the bottom. Alternate the colors so that you end up with two layers of each color by the time you're done.
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Cover and freeze the dough

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Cover and freeze the dough

Cover the layered sugar cookie dough and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
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Remove and unwrap the dough

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Remove and unwrap the dough

Remove the dough from the container and unwrap from the plastic.
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Slice the dough

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Slice the dough

Cut into slices, approximately 1/4-inch wide.
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Place slices on a lined baking sheet

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Place slices on a lined baking sheet

Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
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Bake the sugar cookies

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Bake the sugar cookies

Bake the colorful cookies at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
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Burro cookie cutter

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Burro cookie cutter

Locate your burro cookie cutter.
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Cut the dough into burro shapes with the cookie cutter

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Cut the dough into burro shapes with the cookie cutter

Immediately after you take them out of the oven, use your burro cookie cutter to cut the cookie shapes.
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Don't forget the hooves!

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Don't forget the hooves!

Make sure you line up the bottom of the cookie cutter with the black layer of the dough to get the effect of hooves.
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Hollow out the middle cookie

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Hollow out the middle cookie

For the middle cookies in each set, cut off the ears and legs, and cut out the center where the M&M's will go. We used a small square cutter, and made three cuts to get a narrow rectangle.
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Let the piñata cookies cool

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Let the piñata cookies cool

Try to work quickly, because as the piñata cookies cool, they are more likely to crumble or break. Let them cool on the baking sheet before you move them and remove the excess, outer cookie.
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Time to assemble the piñata cookies

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Time to assemble the piñata cookies

To assemble, take the first piñata cookie and lay it upside down so that the baked bottom is facing up.
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What is your piñata cookie candy?

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What is your piñata cookie candy?

Locate the candy you want to include in the middle of your piñata cookies. We used mini M&M's.
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Set the middle piñata cookie next

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Set the middle piñata cookie next

Put the middle cookie on top of the frosting glue.
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Fill the hallowed portion with candies

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Fill the hallowed portion with candies

Add the candy.
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Frost the next layer of the piñata cookie

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Frost the next layer of the piñata cookie

Add another layer of frosting.
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Place the final piñata cookie

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Place the final piñata cookie

Place the opposite-cut piñata cookie on top (so that the pretty side is facing out.) Let these sit & harden for at least 30 minutes before you stand them upright.
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Piñata cookies, just in time for Cinco de Mayo

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Piñata cookies, just in time for Cinco de Mayo

Learn how to make these adorable piñata sugar cookies.
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Completed, festive piñata sugar cookie

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Completed, festive piñata sugar cookie

Finished piñata cookie.
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A great idea for a Cinco de Mayo dessert

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A great idea for a Cinco de Mayo dessert

These piñata sugar cookies are perfect for Cinco de Mayo and Mexican fiestas.
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The M&M's inside a piñata cookie

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The M&M's inside a piñata cookie

Opened piñata cookie.
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