Valentines Day is just another excuse for me to get my bake on and these cookies are so much fun! What makes them a pinata you ask? There is surprise candy in the middle! Seriously you can’t help but smile when you crack them open.
I started with a classic sugar cookie dough recipe from that woman Martha Stewart who knows a thing or two about baking. You can find that here (for future Pinterest reference) but the ingredients you will need to have on hand are:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If you don’t feel like making dough from scratch I will not judge you for buying the prepackaged option at the store.
You will also need red hot candy (or whatever small candy you like) and two heart cookie cutters in a big and small size. I used this handy Wilton nesting cookie cutter set.
Once you have the dough rolled 1/4 inch thick, cut out all of the hearts using the bigger cookie cutter. I would recommend going for the medium or largest cookie size so you can fit maximum candy in them.
Immediately after you pull cookies from the oven cut them with the smaller heart cookie cutter, this will end up creating the pinata pocket for your cookie. Keep in mind you will need 3 big hearts per cookie (top, bottom, and middle) so make sure you only cut as many pinata pockets as you need.
Don’t worry if the cookie spreads or breaks, we will fix it with frosting later!
Your pinata pocket should look something like this after you cut it with the smaller heart. You should totally eat the small cookie cut out part, you earned it.
When the cookies and the pinata pockets have fully cooled it is time to assemble! Your best friend in this process is frosting, we will be using it like glue. Don’t worry about using too much because there is no such thing as too much frosting. First flip your bottom cookie over so the side that was on the baking sheet is facing up. Liberally apply frosting to the edges and stick the pinata pocket cut out on top. Let this sit for a few minutes to set, while you are waiting frost your top cookie! Once the bottom has set, fill with red hots.
Liberally apply frosting to edges of the pinata pocket and place the top cookie on top of it, matching up the edges as best you can. Fill in any size discrepancies or cookie misalignment with more frosting, wait for everything to set.
The best way to eat these is to crack, laugh, and enjoy with someone you love!