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Halloween Piñata Cookies

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These fun cookies with a surprise inside are the perfect treat to make with kids this Halloween.

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Makes:7
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 225g 8 oz Butter (unsalted) softened
  • 125g 4½ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Vanilla bean paste (we use Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla bean paste
  • 300g 10⅝ oz Plain white flour plus extra for rolling out (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 6 6 Mini smarties treat size packets
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar

For the Decoration

  • Sugar paste icing (assorted colours)

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla bean paste together until it has become pale and fluffy. Sift in the flour and mix just until a soft dough is formed. Wrap in cling film and chill for a minimum of 1 hour.

    Ingredients for this step

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Preheat the oven to 180C / 160C fan / gas mark 4 and line 2 baking trays with nonstick baking parchment. On a well-floured surface roll out the dough until 3mm thick. Using your cutters cut out 3 cookies of each desired shape and transfer onto the baking sheet.  Repeat with any remaining dough before chilling for 10 minutes on the trays. Once chilled use a knife to cut out the center of each of the shapes so you have a total of 3 cookies for each piñata cookie – 2 whole cookies and 1 with a cut out centre.

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until pale golden in colour. remove and allow to cool before transferring to a wire rack.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Once cooled mix the icing sugar with a little water until a paste is formed. Use a small amount to stick together a cut out cookie onto a full cookie. Fill the cut out centre of the cookie with a mini smarties, taking care not to overfill so the top cookie can lie flat. Secure the top cookie onto the cut out again using a little icing.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 50g 1⅞ oz Icing sugar (we use Silver Spoon) Icing sugar
    • 6 6 Mini smarties treat size packets
  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Decorate the cookies using ready to roll icing in desired colours to match the chosen shape. Enjoy your Halloween piñata cookies!

    Ingredients for this step

    • Sugar paste icing (assorted colours)