Sunday, April 19, 2020

Homemade Cactus Piñata Cookies

Hello everyone!
Cinco de Mayo is only a couple of weeks away.
You know Erik and I love any reason to celebrate.
And we usually celebrate with dessert...
I have wanted to try my hand at piñata cookies since I made a piñata cake, and thought this was the perfect opportunity.
And thus, these cactus piñata cookies were born.

You will need:
3 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of Shortening
1 Egg
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
3/4 Cup of Milk
Buttercream Frosting, for Decorating
Green, Pink, and Purple Food Coloring
Black Jimmies
Filler, I Used 3 Different Types of Sprinkles

Make the cookies.
Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and shortening until a crumbly mixture forms. 
Add in the egg, vanilla, and milk until well combined.
Form the dough into a flat disk, wrap in saran wrap and place in the fridge to chill for one hour.
Preheat oven to 375o.
Roll the chilled dough out on a lightly floured surface to 1/4 an inch thick. 
Cut out cookies with a cactus cookie cutter.
You will need 3 cookies to create one pinata cookie.
A top, a middle, and a bottom.
Cut out the centers of 1/3 of the cookies.

Place the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and place in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes. 
This will help them keep their shape.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are firm to the touch but have not turned golden brown.
Let cool.
Place 2/3 of your buttercream frosting into a bowl and color green.
Split the remaining frosting in half and color pink and purple.
Place the green frosting into a piping bag with a #102 Petal Tip. 
Pipe an outline around the edges of one of the whole (uncut) cookies.

Stack a cutout cookie on top.

Fill the hole in the center with your filling.
I used 3 different types of sprinkles.

Pipe an outline around the edges of the cutout cookie.

Place a whole cookie on top.
Pipe long lines of frosting vertically along the top cookie to create the look of a cactus.
Add a few black jimmies to represent the spines.
Place the pink and purple frosting into their own piping bag with a #224 Drop Flower Tip.
Pipe small flowers onto the tips of the arms of the cactus.

Repeat until all of the cookies are decorated. 

These cookies turned out SO fun and festive.
I love the simple look on the outside and the surprise filling on the inside.
It's safe to say that any piñata baked good is going to be a hit in my book.
What should I make next?

All my love,

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