Cinco de Mayo Cookies

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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates Mexican pride and heritage. These are super fun to make and pretty easy as well. I got the idea to make them from She Knows Food and Wine. Unfortunately, I don’t have a donkey cookie cutter (maybe something for my wish list?) and I didn’t want to make these too rainbow colored, so I made them a lot simpler. These cookies are made by layering three cookies on top of each other. The middle cookie is hollow, so that there’s a small space for your mini candies. It’s what makes these piñata cookies! I definitely think these are worth making. It takes about an hour, but you get a bunch of personal piñatas! I’m not a huge fan of using food coloring, but I make the exception for a few of my baked goods. If you want, the famous Rosanna (Nerdy Nummies) made Lego piñata cookies on her youtube channel!

Ingredients:
1 bag Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix (or your favorite sugar cookie dough)
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 egg
red and green food coloring
Mini m&ms
For frosting
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter and egg until well incorporated. Add in the sugar cookie mix and the tablespoon of flour and mix until combined.
  2. Divide the dough into three equal portions. Mix one portion of dough with two drops of red food coloring and another portion of dough with two drops of green food coloring. Wrap each portion of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.DSC_0619
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  4. Roll out the green dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and using a round cookie cutter (or any cookie cutter shape of your choice) cut out cookie shapes. Repeat until there is no green dough left. Arrange the cookie rounds on a cookie sheet and bake for 7 minutes.DSC_0624
  5. While the green cookies are baking, roll out the red cookie dough and using the same round cookie cutter cut out cookie shapes.
  6. Bake the red cookies for 7 minutes.
  7. Repeat with the white cookie dough, however with the white cookie dough use a smaller  round cookie cutter, cut out the center of the cookie. They should look like doughnuts, but with bigger holes. Repeat until there is no white dough left.DSC_0622
  8. Bake the rings for 7 minutes.
  9. While the cookies are cooling, preferably on a cooling rack, mix together powdered sugar and the milk to make a frosting. Place into a ziploc bag and set aside.
  10. Once the cookies are completely cooled, snip a corner off the ziploc bag and pipe a small outline on one side of the green cookies. Place the white ring cookies right on top of the frosting on the green cookies. DSC_0641
  11. Fill the hollow with mini m&ms.DSC_0642
  12. Pipe frosting on top of the white ring cookies and top with the red cookies.DSC_0647

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