Back in the beginning of May, my lovely sister Lauren shared a link to a recipe with me. It was for these adorable Cinco de Mayo Pinata Cookies that she discovered on Pinterest. Of course, being the baker that I am, I wanted to make them immediately. Cinco de Mayo was only 3 days away, which felt like plenty of time to put these together for my friends. Boy was I wrong! Pinterest should come with a warning label:
Warning: Things on Pinterest are harder than they appear.
|My Cinco de Mayo Pinata Cookies|
|With that big head, he is definitely a smart ass!! :)|
|Best idea ever! And there were tons of leftovers!! :)|
Next up was the procurement of the ingredients to make the colorful sugar cookies filled with mini M&M's! Most of the ingredients were pretty standard, but finding those DARN mini M&M's was next to impossible. After failing at multiple stores, my friend Laura suggested heading a frozen yogurt place and just buying toppings. And that is exactly what I did! The recipe also called for gel food coloring, but I couldn't find it in the neon colors I was hoping for, so I had to settle for the regular liquid stuff. But, now I have plenty of black and neon food coloring.
|Pretty basic ingredients, except the Almond Extract. That made them special! :)|
Making the dough and dying the dough really wasn't all that difficult. I used my KitchenAid to actually make the dough, and after I divided into 6 separate balls, I used a clean bowl on the mixer to mix in the food coloring. Of course some food coloring got on my hands and by the time I was done, I looked like I had murdered a few Care Bears!! Layering the dough was by far one of the most difficult parts. I felt like I didn't have enough of it to make an even layer. I also think that I didn't use a proper size Tupperware container for this step. It just wasn't working. I tried flattening it with my hands and then laying it in. I tried putting the ball of dough in the container and spreading it out with my hands. Nothing worked well, and even after I re-watched the video tutorials, I still couldn't figure it out. Somehow I ended up with a very short stack of cookie dough.
|I had really high hopes that the dough would expand while baking.|
Onto the baking! For some reason, this recipe had me "waste" a lot of cookie. Fortunately, I hate waste and came up with an alternative to this (wait for it at the bottom of this long blog). Anyway, the recipe asked you to cut 1/4 inch slices of the dough and bake them. Then, the moment they come out of the oven, you are supposed to press the cookie cutter into them. Why not use the cookie cutter on the uncooked dough? I have absolutely NO idea, but I did it anyway.
|In what universe did I think this was going to work?|
Eventually I decided that I was going to have to smush (technical term) the dough together to make bigger pieces that would actually fit the silly donkey with a big head. It was all such an ordeal and I was only able to cut out a total of six donkeys...and each 3-D donkey required three cookies. So yes, if you do the math, you will discover that this entire recipe only produced two complete donkeys for me!! I think it should have made quite a few more...but obviously my dough was not cooperating with this process. You'll be able to see all of this below:
|That is three slices of dough smushed together to make one large enough for a a donkey.|
|DONKEYS! And two with the cutouts to fit the mini M&M's!|
Then came the assembly of these awesome pinata cookies. Basically you using a frosting glue (powdered sugar and milk) to glue them together. Then add the mini M&M's and top it with another donkey. BAM. Pinata time. And that's all assuming your donkey's limbs don't fall off and you don't have to perform emergency surgery with frosting. Because that happened...multiple times...and it was not fun. I don't think the donkey's liked it either.
|These donkeys have HUGE heads.|
|See the frosting glue?|
|The mini M&M's were definitely the tasty part!|
|The sugar cookie crust and mini M&M's!|
|The finished pie!! SO incredible. And so much easier than the donkeys!|
Well, thanks so much for sticking with me through this post. A special thanks to my sister Lauren for sharing the recipe with me and insisting that I attempt these pinata cookies! They may not have turned out perfectly, but it was a (mostly) fun experience. I'll be excited to try something similar in the future...I like the pinata dessert idea a lot and would like to come up with something more baker-friendly!