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Cinco de Mayo Cookies: Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix

First of all, can we talk about how cute these sugar toppers are?  I seriously can’t get over them!  Etsy is a such a great place to get fun things and these sugar toppers are EVERYTHING!  The best part however has to be the fact that these sweet babies are filled with candy.  Yep!  Just like a pinata that you know and love, these cookies are filled with an edible surprise.  Made with a cake mix, I know you won’t be able to get enough.  These pinata cookies are a MUST MAKE, scroll down for the step by step recipe!
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Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Making desserts for Cinco de Mayo has became one of my favorite things to do.  After these Pinata Cupcakes, I knew I needed to come up with a cookie version.

I just didn’t quite know how to go about it…until now!

Creating a cookie cup from a cake mix cookie, filling it with mini candies and then frosting the top worked out perfectly.

Not only are they easy to make but everyone is going to have so much fun with these Pinata Cookie Cups.

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How to Make Pinata Cookies with a Cake Mix

Start by making the cookie dough.  Combine a chocolate cake mix with oil and eggs.

I like to use a hand held mixer to get everything nicely combined but you can always do this step by hand.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

The finished cookie dough will be thick, chocolatey and totally delicious!

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Use a small cookie scoop to scoop mounds of dough into a mini muffin pan.

Be sure to liberally spray each muffin cup with nonstick cooking spray before adding dough.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Go back and use your fingers to press the top of the cookie mound down so that it is level.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 9-11 minutes.

Remove from the oven.  Immediately take a knife and run it around the edge of each cookie to loosen it from the pan.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Once you have loosened each cookie, go back with a tart shaper and press down into the middle of each cookie.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

This will give you the perfect indentation for the filling.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Filling Pinata Cookies with Mini M&M’s

Once the cookies are completely cooled, go back and fill with about a tablespoon of mini M&M’s.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

To cover the filling, fill a piping bag {or Ziploc bag} with chocolate frosting.

Using a swirl motion and starting at the outside, cover the top of the filling.  You don’t want any of the M&M’s showing.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Go back and top with sugar toppers or with additional M&M’s.

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

The only thing left to do is take a bite and enjoy one of these bad boys for yourself.

Pinata Cookie Cups are so much fun!  Serve them for Cinco de Mayo at your house or make them just to bring a smile to family and friends faces.

Pinata Cookie Filling Ideas

  • Sprinkles
  • Skittles
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Small Jelly Beans
  • Nerds
  • Mini Sweet Tarts
  • Mini Chiclets Gum

Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

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Pinata Cookies Made with a Cake Mix, a recipe for Cinco de Mayo featured by top US cookie blogger, Practically Homemade

Pinata Cookies Recipe Made with a Cake Mix

Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 36 cookie cups
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Ingredients

Cookie Cups

  • 1-15.25 oz. box chocolate cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Filling & Frosting

  • 3 cups mini M&M's
  • 1-16 oz. container prepared Chocolate frosting
  • Pinata Shaped Toppers *optional

Instructions

Cookie Cups

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare mini muffin pan by spraying each cup liberally with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour chocolate cake mix into a medium bowl and whisk {or sift} to remove any lumps.  Add eggs and oil to the cake mix and combine with a hand held mixer {or by hand} until dough is thick and sticky.  Using a small cookie scoop {or 1/2 tbsp.}, put a mound of cookie dough into each muffin cup.  Using your fingers, go back and press the mound of dough down to create a level cookie.  Bake for 9-11 minutes.  {Do not over cook, they will set up as they cool.}  Remove from oven and immediately run a knife around the edge of each cookie cup {I used an offset butter knife}.  Go back and use a tart shaper {or end of a wooden spoon} to press middle of cookie down and create an indentation.  Move cookies to a cooling rack and let them cool completely. Continue to bake second batch if necessary.

Assembling Pinata Cookie Cups

  • Once the cookie cups are completely cooled, fill each cookie cavity {that you created with the tart shaper} with about a tablespoon of mini M&M's. Fill a piping bag or Ziploc bag with chocolate frosting and pipe over the top of the M&M's covering the candy, starting on the outside and working in {be sure to cover all of the M&M's}. Once all of the pinata cookies have frosting, add a shaped sugar topper or extra Mini M&M's. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
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