What’s better than a cookie? A cookie with mini candies and a love note inside!
I first came up with these cookies for Valentines day last year and made some for my hubby. I originally decorated these cookies with royal icing but decided to wing it and try working with fondant this time. I think I still prefer the taste of royal icing but I definitely prefer the process of decorating with fondant and gel food colour more. It requires far less coordination and less time waiting around for it to dry.
The little note inside is just what makes these cookies extra surprising and awesome! If this sounds a bit too cheesy for you, then you can always just leave it out. Surprise candy is still fun!
You will need large and medium heart shaped cookie cutters. Each piñata cookie requires 3 layers of cookie. Cut 3 large heart shaped from the dough. Reserve 1 for the base and 1 for the top of the cookie. Use your medium cookie cutter to cut a hole in the centre of the 3rd cookie to create a heart shaped frame. This goes in the centre and holds all the goodies!
Here is how to make the sugar cookies
- 110 grams butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 25g egg (about half)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined
- Mix in flour and baking powder until everything is combined
- Knead dough into a lump, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins
- Roll out dough onto a well floured surface
- Cut out your shapes and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper
- Bake at 175-180 degrees celsius for until the edges just start to turn brown… about 8 minutes.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack before decorating
To decorate and assemble the cookies you will need
- white fondant
- gel food colouring in whatever colours your heart so desires
- clear alcohol (I used vodka)
- Edible metallic powder (optional)
- mini candies (mini M&M’s, nerds etc.)
- melted chocolate (white, milk, dark, whatever you’ve got in the cupboard)
- Pen and paper for a cute li’l note. Use edible rice or wafer paper and an edible marker if they are handy to you.
- Roll out a thin layer of fondant (if your surface sticks to the fondant, sprinkle it with corn flour)
- Cut heart shapes using the same cookie cutters
- Gently pick up the fondant heart and brush the back with a little bit of water
- Carefully place the fondant onto the “lid” of the piñata cookie.
- Smooth fondant onto the cookie with your hand or a fondant smoother if you have one
- Dilute a drop of gel food colouring with clear alcohol. Vary the amount of alcohol to get different shades of colour
- Get creative and paint whatever you like onto your cookies.
- Mix an edible metallic powder with a few drops of clear alcohol to add metallic accents to your cookies.
- Pipe a thin layer of melted chocolate around the edge of the “frame” cookie and carefully place it onto the “base” cookie
- Fill the cookie with your candy and love note.
- Pipe another thin boarder of melted chocolate around the edge of the cookie and secure the “lid” in place.
- Lastly, package them cutely in a tin or cellophane bag.