Piñata Sugar Cookies Recipe

Who doesn’t love a surprise when they bite into a cookie? (Unless it’s a raisin. Or is that just me?) We’re nearing the month of May, and I’ve started to round up a few ideas for a simple Cinco de Mayo party. While I do love having candy in all the things, some mamas might want a chance to make something fun, but a little bit healthier. These sugar cookies are a bit like a piñata: Break them open and find out what’s inside. 

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Servings: 12


  • butter, softened: ½ cup
  • sugar, granulated: 1 cup
  • eggs: 2
  • vanilla: 1 teaspoon
  • flour: 3 cups
  • baking powder: 1 teaspoon
  • salt: ½ teaspoon
  • frosting, store-bought: ⅛ cup
  • your kids’ favorite cereal: 1 cup


Step 2: Add in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and mix well.

Step 3: In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Separate into 3–4 small slabs of cookie dough.

Step 4: To add color, add 2 drops of assorted food coloring to each slab of dough, and knead gently until the dough is slightly marbled.

Step 5: Place each slab on a sheet of lightly floured wax paper and cover with another sheet. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to ¼” thick. Stack the slabs on top of each other and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes. 

Step 6: Once the dough has chilled for 45 minutes, quickly remove one slab at a time and use a metal cookie cutter to cut out your shapes. You’ll need two matching cookie shapes to create one piñata. Place each shape on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 7 minutes.

Step 7: Once they’ve chilled a bit more to firm up, bake for 9 minutes in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven. 

Step 8: It’s time to hollow out the cookies. Use an apple corer and gently carve out a bit of the center of each cookie. Be careful not to go completely through the cookie. You just wanted to carve a small compartment. 

Step 9: Fill half of each cookie with Fruity Cheerios, your favorite colorful cereal, or even candy. Pipe a small outline of frosting on each cookie, and place two cookies together to create a sandwich or “piñata.”

I love how the marbling turned out on each cookie. So fun.

And when you break each one open, there’s a little fruity surprise inside.

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