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40Total Time
30Prep Time
10Bake Time

Halloween Piñata Cookies

2 Reviews

  • Vegetarian

About the bake

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

40Total Time
30Prep Time
10Bake Time


  1. 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.

  2. Step 2:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160°C 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. 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. 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.

  5. Step 5:

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


  • For the Cookies

    • 225g Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 125g Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
    • 300g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 6 Mini smarties (treat size packets)
    • 50g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
  • For the Decoration

    • A packet Sugar paste icing (assorted colours)


  • Cling film
  • Baking trays
  • Baking parchment
  • Rolling pin
  • Halloween cookie cutters

Nutritional Information

per 128g
  • 704cal Energy
  • 32g Fat
  • 20g of which Saturates
  • 98g Carbohydrates
  • 65g of which Sugars
  • 5.2g Protein
  • 0.07g Salt

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