Heart Piñata Cookies for Valentine’s Day
These are the best cookies you could make for Valentine’s Day- piñata heart cookies filled with candy. Get ready to break some hearts! I meant the cookies.
In Elementary School, Valentine’s Day had a different meaning. I remember having Valentine’s Day class parties, which I always looked forward to- the only thing I even associated the holiday with. In 3rd grade, I planned my secret Valentine’s gifts a month before they were due. the 4th grade, I went V-day card shopping during my Christmas break. Oh, the card hype. We’d come to school with decorated shoe boxes, a large slit cut on the top for friends to drop in cards. Some cards had candy attached, some had these cute handwritten poems, each one was slightly different from the next. But as you get older, I guess special occasions just lose their splendor. It becomes almost routine- habitual and unless you really have something special to celebrate on Valentine’s Day, it’s just another old day. Nonetheless, it’s another reason to bake themed cookies, to have a party- to celebrate.
I had been wanting to make piñata cookies for a while, the whole concept is so creative. Obviously, heart piñata cookies fit so well with Valentine’s day- they’re also fairly easy to put together, so this is my contribution to the celebration. I may not be as enthusiastic about these holidays as I was, but my 9 year-old self and my current self share a similar reaction to these cookies: We’re crazy about them.
Beautifully arranged, beautifully colored and beautifully presented. There isn’t a cookie that gets better; just make sure you watch the video so that you know exactly what to do. These are also customizable in that you can fill them, color them and cut them to your own convenience. Breaking a piñata is the best part of the whole process, obviously, likewise with these cookies. So make these and break some hearts (Hahahah?).
- 1 batch of sugar cookie dough (see below for my foolproof recipe) – you can 1/2 this recipe to make less.
- 2-3 drops of 2 types of your favorite food coloring (I used neon pink and purple)
- 3/4 cup frosting of your choice
- 2 heart-shaped cookie cutters (6 cm in diameter and 4.4 cm in diameter is what we used but generally any size with a difference of more than 1 cm)
- Candy for filling (I used M&Ms and sprinkles)
- Edible/food markers* or decorative icing
- Thaw the cookie dough and divide into two portions if you are dying it two separate colors.
- Squeeze the food coloring onto each of the portions and knead it in by folding the dough multiple times. Make sure to wash your hands between kneading the different colored dough as this will result in a “dirty” color.
- Roll out the dough one portion at a time, making sure to flour the rolling pin and surface, to about 1/8 of an inch thick.
- Using the larger cookie cutter, cut out your hearts and place them in groups of four.
- Place the smaller cookie cutter in the center of two of the hearts and cut out a hole. For each Pinata cookie, you will need 4 cookies and only two should have the center cut out.
- Carefully place the cookies onto your baking tray and bake for the required time (4-6 minutes in a 200 C oven for my recipe).
- Make sure to check on the cookies after every 2 minutes to make sure they don’t brown because the effect of the food coloring won’t be as prominent.
- Let the cookies cool completely before assembling.
- To assemble, group your cookies. Each group should have 2 cookies with the center cut out and 2 regular hearts.
- Pipe a ring of the frosting on the border around the regular heart. You may also spread it with a knife if you are careful.
- Place the cookie with the center cut out on top, pipe another ring, place another cookie with a hole cut out on top. I like to alternate colors but you could easily just use one color for the whole cookie.
- You should now have three stacked cookies with an indentation in the center. Fill the indentation with M&Ms, sprinkles, or whatever candy you chose.
- Pipe a final ring of icing around the border and seal with the regular cookie.
- Decorate with edible markers and decorative icing and serve.