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We've teamed up with BakingMad.com to bring you delectable desserts and bakery goodness in the form of simple, easy to follow recipes.

Halloween Piñata Cookies

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


Prep: 30 MINS
Bake: 10 MINS
Serves: 7
Skill Level: EASY

Ingredients

FOR THE COOKIES

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

FOR THE DECORATION

  • Sugar paste icing (assorted colours)

The Method

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.

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.

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.

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.

STEP 5

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

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