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Adorable sombrero piñata cookies hide a special candy surprise inside! Crack them open to reveal a sweet treat!
Last year I vacationed in sunny Mexico and aside from lounging by the pool, walking on the beach, and enjoying the cultural cuisine, I also got to partake in a fiesta. It was so much fun dancing to Mariachi music! Everyone at the party was given a brightly colored sombrero to wear. The hats created a sea of color and movement. I even bought a sombrero hat ornament to hang on my Christmas tree to remind me of our vacation.
With Cinco de Mayo coming up I thought it would be fun to make some sombrero cookies to remember my fantastic time in Mexico. But these aren’t just any sombrero cookie – these are piñata sombrero cookies! Each cookie hat is filled with candy and can be broken open like a piñata to reveal the hidden treats. They're fun desserts to serve at a Mexican fiesta or on Cinco de Mayo.
One of the tricks to perfecting these sombrero cookies is in shaping the crown of the hat. After the cookie dough bakes for 14 minutes, remove the cookies from the oven and rework the well in the middle of the cookies. The dough will have puffed up and filled in the opening, so you need to push the end of a wooden spoon into each cookie and recreate the well. If any of the dough sticks to the wooden spoon, just wipe it off. Try to compact the dough so the walls of the cookie are fairly thin.
There are so many different styles of sombreros, so have fun decorating in any way you'd like! I started by piping some Betty Crocker Cookie Icing around the base of the sombrero crowns then I sprinkled on some Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Nonpareils.
On some of the cookies I added some Betty Crocker Cupcake Gem Pearls to the edge of the brim and to others I piped on an squiggly line. You can be creative here and use your imagination in decorating. Anything goes, have fun!
When you serve the cookies, everyone will be surprised to find candy hiding inside like tiny cute piñatas.