I decided to give last year's Pinterest popular piñata cookies a try! Were they easy? Were they a pain? You'll have to watch the video and make that decision for yourselves. Regardless I think they're really neat and I would recommend at least giving them a try.
|For dry mix|
|All purpose flour||5 Cup (80 tbs)|
|Cream of tartar||1 Teaspoon|
|Baking soda||1 Teaspoon|
|For other ingredients|
|Granulated sugar||8 Ounce (1 Cup)|
|Powdered sugar||5 3/8 Ounce (1 Cup)|
|Unsalted butter||8 Ounce (1 Cup, At room temperature)|
|Vanilla extract||1 Tablespoon|
|Almond extract||1 Teaspoon|
|Vegetable oil||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Food color||To Taste (Gel colors, yellow, pink, orange, purple, teal and black)|
|M &m's||6 Ounce|
|Powdered sugar||1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (For icing)|
|Whole milk||2 Teaspoon|
1. Mix together all purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar to form dry mix. Set it aside.
2. Cream together granulated sugar, powdered sugar and unsalted butter in an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time and blend it well. When the egg is incorporated well, add vanilla extract and almond extract. Mix well.
3. While the mixer is mixing stuff, gradually add vegetable oil. Keep mixing until everything comes together and forms a smooth mix. At this point, slowly fold in the dry mix at low speed until it forms a good dough.
4. Divide the dough into 5 big (about 11 ounce) balls and a smaller (about 6 ounce) ball.
5. Color the smaller ball into black and the 5 bigger balls into one each of the remaining colors (yellow, orange, teal, pink, purple).
6. Line a tupperware with saran wrap such that there is a decent overhang for covering the dough.
7. Start layering the tupperware with dough, starting with black dough. Spread it well. Cut the big dough balls into half and start layering the dough one after the other. Repeat the same with the other dough halves. Cover completely with saran wraps and freeze the dough 4 hours or overnight.
8. Pull out the dough next morning. Remove the saran wrap and cut the dough vertically into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange it on a baking sheet.
9. Bake it at 325 to 350 F for 12 minutes.
10. Cut the cookies when it is still hot. Make sure to reverse the orientation of cuts for every third cookie so that the cookies can be assembled properly. Make central slots in 1 out of the two cookies facing the same side for the candies.
11. Cut the cookies to define ears and legs as seen in the videos.
12. Prepare the icing by mixing together sugar and milk. Fill it in a piping bag.
13. When the cookies have cooled down, remove the extra scrap. Place one of the cookies facing the other side at the base. Drizzle some icing over the the edges and place the cookie with a central slot over it, such that it is well oriented.
14. Place some candies in the slot, like the m&m's. Again drizzle some icing over the edges, cover with the other cookie facing the same side.
15. Repeat the same with other cookies.
16. Wait till the icing dries up. Place the cookies on a sheet or display the animal cookies in standing position. Enjoy!
Calories 721Calories from Fat 335
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38 g58.5%
Saturated Fat 14 g70%
Trans Fat 0 g
Sodium 299 mg12.46%
Total Carbohydrates 87 g29%
Dietary Fiber 1 g4%
Sugars 45 g
Protein 7 g14%
Vitamin A % Vitamin C %
Calcium % Iron %
Calories 8652Calories from Fat 4020
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 456 g702%
Saturated Fat 168 g840%
Trans Fat 0 g
Sodium 3588 mg149.52%
Total Carbohydrates 1044 g348%
Dietary Fiber 12 g48%
Sugars 540 g
Protein 84 g168%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet