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How to make adorable burro piñata cookies

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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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There's a sweet treat inside!

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There's a sweet treat inside!

Break open or bite into the cookie to get the candy prize inside.

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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.

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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. 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 (the black). Add food coloring to each.

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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 colored dough balls in half (except the black) and begin layering in the container. Start with black and alternate.

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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 with the cookie cutter

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Cut the dough with the cookie cutter

Immediately after removing from 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 dough layer to get "hooves."

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Hollow out the middle cookie

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Hollow out the middle cookie

Cut off the ears and legs and cut out the center where the M&Ms will go. (We used a small, square cutter.)

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Let the piñata cookies cool

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Let the piñata cookies cool

Let the cookies cool slightly (not completely!) 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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Make a simple frosting for the 'glue'

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Make a simple frosting for the 'glue'

Make simple frosting to use as glue (try 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of milk).

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Choose your piñata cookie candy

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Choose your piñata cookie candy

Locate the candy you want to include in the middle of your piñata cookies, like mini M&Ms.

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Frost one piñata cookie

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Frost one piñata cookie

Outline the center of the piñata body with frosting -- try using a Ziploc bag with one corner cut off to make it easy.

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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 (pretty side facing out). Let sit and harden for at least 30 minutes.

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Completed, festive piñata sugar cookie

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Completed, festive piñata sugar cookie

Bueno trabajo! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

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The M&Ms inside a piñata cookie

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The M&Ms inside a piñata cookie

Everyone can't wait to get to the candy prize inside.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 4/18/2016

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