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Hallowe’en Bake: Pumpkin Piñata Cookies

Every Hallowe’en party needs snacks, both as a decoration and a way to soak up the alcohol. Wow
everyone with these deceptively easy, sweet-filled pumpkins!
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • tiny sweets in colours that clash. We used Millions, but you can use anything that’s a similar size or smaller.
  • icing sugar
  • water
  • decent paste food colours in either orange or red and yellow (so that you can make orange)


STEP 1: Beat together the butter, sugar and some food colouring until fluffy. It should be a really bright orange at this stage, as the next few steps will pale it down a lot.
STEP 2: Mix in the flour. It should form a soft dough. If it’s a bit flaky, add a splash of milk to bind it more, but it shouldn’t be too damp or sticky
STEP 3: Wrap the dough in clingfilm and put it in the fridge overnight, or for a few hours at least.
STEP 4: Flour a board/worktop and roll out the dough so it’s about the same height as whatever candy you’re using. If you don’t have a rolling pin, wrap a jar or bottle in clingfilm and use that.
STEP 5: Cut out pumpkin shapes using a cute pumpkin cutter. We got ours on Amazon for about £3. It doesn’t matter how many you get, as long as it’s a multiple of three.
STEP 6: Place these shapes on greased baking trays with about an inch between them. Put the baking trays in the fridge for 10-15 minutes whilst you preheat the oven to about 175 degrees Celsius.
STEP 7: Cut a hole in the centre of 1/3 of the shapes. This will be where the sweets go later on.
STEP 8: Bake for 10 minutes. You may have to do them in batches as this makes quite a lot. If they’ve spread a bit whilst cooking, then whilst they’re still hot, press the cutter over them again.
STEP 9: Cool completely. Once cool, if you redid the shape of any of them, snap off the excess with your fingers.
STEP 10: Mix some icing sugar with water and more orange food colouring. You want a fairly stiff, thick consistency.
STEP 11: Spread icing on both sides on the cookies with holes in the middle. Stick them on top of normal shapes.
STEP 12: Fill the gap in the cookies with Millions/sweets.
STEP 13: Place another full pumpkin shape on top to seal the candies in.
STEP 14: Mix up some black icing (cheat’s tip: put black food colour into the orange icing to turn it black). Draw pumpkin faces on the top of the cookies with it. We found using the end of a spoon easiest to draw with.
Serve and enjoy! Ideally, serve them somewhere you don’t mind spilling sweets on the floor. And as an optional, but vile and Halloween-y, step, add something odd in to a few of them instead of sweets. We hid fruit in some, and hot sauce in others. Trick or Treat!
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