Home / Food / Hallowe’en Bake: Pumpkin Piñata Cookies
Credited to Ari Carrington

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!
Ingredients:
  • 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)

Instructions:

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!
Credited to Ari Carrington

Credited to Ari Carrington

About Ari Carrington

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*