So my friend had a loosey themed NYE party and during a night of making awesome paper cutout banners, she told me about these crazy pinata cookies that I may just be crazy enough to make.
She isn’t far from wrong, I looked it up….decided it was WAY too much work and way too much waste so I improvised and came up with something equally festive.
I mean they are way cool but also requires a lot of coloured dough and a lot of waste since you cut out the cookies after you’ve baked the slabs (to ensure equal sizing I assume).
I came up with something else, they’re not perfectly shaped but meh…the coconut looks like tissue paper so I’m happy! No recipe here, just assemblage instructions!
What you need!
sugar cookie recipe (one that doesn’t spread)
royal icing (any should do, you want something in between flood and edging consistency)
food gel colour
small candies (I used zippy zaps)
1. Bake your cookies according to your fav recipe. You will need three cookies to make a single pinata cookie. Two will be the full shape, and third will have a hole cut out. You can make the centre ones a bit thicker so it will hold more candy.
2. You don’t have to but I chose to outline the cookies with a single line of coloured icing, just to help me stay within the lines.
3. Divide your coconut into ziplock bags, one for each colour. Add a small amount of gel food colouring and smush around until evenly coloured. Add more gel if you want to intensify the colour.
4. Pipe out one row of icing at a time on the full cookies. Pour one colour of dyed coconut on, pat it down with your finger and shake the rest off. If you craft, this is the same as the glue and glitter method 🙂 Repeat with the other colours of coconut. One row at a time or else you’ll have a hot mess.
5. Once you’re done the full cookies, let them fully dry so the coconut doesn’t shift. Pipe a ring of icing around the centre cookie with the hole in it and glue it down to the backside of a full cookie. Fill with candies (make sure that it’s not over full and flush with the edge), pipe another ring around the centre cookie and place the final full cookie on top.
6. Bask in the glory that it took all this time to make these sandwich cookies just to fit a loose party theme. I can see this method used for Easter egg cookies or some frilly bridesmaid dress party, possibilities are endless!
One more money shot just because I was fiddling with a macro convertor lens and liked the texture of the coconut a mega ton. Enjoy!