Saturday, May 5, 2012

cinco de mayo pinata cookies



these are fun but beware-you gotta be committed coz this is lots and lots of work. i tried to keep it all real up in my kitchen but honestly mustaches are itchy and the sombrero kept slipping and covering my eyes. its really tough being all authentic and stuff.....

i can't recall where this recipe/idea came from because i saved it so long ago but i followed it pretty much exactly and someone out there is a genius because these are amazing!!!



this is a basic sugar cookie recipe until all heck breaks loose....

recipe:

1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup vegetable oil (i know-this is alot of oil, this freaked me out too. i'd use less.)
2 eggs
1 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. baking soda
5 cups flour
1 tbsp. vanilla
mini m&m candies


Frosting:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. milk

mix:

cream sugars and butter. beat in eggs. add oil.
add your dry ingredients.
mix in vanilla and almond extract.

split and color:

split the dough into 5 even balls and 1 smaller ball (this small one will be the black)
add your food colorings. i wished i had some more vibrant colors like for the purple for instance but eh, whatcha gonna do?!


layer:

use a container that is about the size (width AND height) of your donkey cookie cutter and line it with plastic food wrap.split all of your colored dough balls in half except for the black. start to layer the colors 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 are done.

 



 (mid layer)






wait it out:

cover the layered dough and freeze for four hours or overnight. i suggest when you take the container out of the freezer wait a few minutes before slicing or use a very sharp knife because this can get hard to slice evenly or may crumble. cut slices approximately 1/4" thick. place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes.


cut the donkeys:

immediately after you bake the cookies you have to take your donkey cutter and working in sets of 3 quickly cut out 2 donkeys in the same direction and one in the opposite direction. just flip the cutter over to cut one in the other direction. this way when you go to assemble the finished cookie will be pretty on both sides because the baked bottom sides will be hidden.

create the pinatas:

for the middle cookies in each set cut off the ears and the legs and cut out the center where the "pocket" will be. if you have a small round or square cutter this works well but you can use a knife too. this is where you will place all the m&m's. try to work quickly because as the cookies cool they will become more likely to crumble. let the cookies cool on the sheet completely once you have them prepared before you remove the excess outer cookie.


assemble:

take the first pinata cookie and lay it upside down so that the baked side is facing up. outline the center of the pinata body with the "frosting glue". put the middle cookie on top of the frosting glue, fill the pinata then place the opposite side cookie on top with more frosting glue. let this sit and harden so they wont fall apart. i waited 30 minutes.

this is a lot of work but pretty darn cute-it only makes about 6-8 cookies but thankfully may 5th only comes once a year!

ta-da! your pinata. i do realize this looks a little morbid but its a pinata-how awesome!
thanks genius cookie person wherever you are!!!