Monday, May 7, 2012

Fiesta Rainbow Color Cookies


This Cinco de Mayo I was inspired by this to test my baking determination (and patience) and attempt these M&M filled pinata cookies.  I was daunted by the multiple steps involved but I hadn't baked in a few weeks so was in good spirits for the the task.  It turns out that though there was a few extra bowls and spatulas to clean and some food coloring/dough stuck on the ends of the counter and sink...this recipe was really fun!


Basically, you take three cookies and sandwich them together with icing, but you cut a whole out the center of the middle cookie and fill it with mini M&Ms to create the pinata effect.
 

Some lessons were learned along the way...and I found out a few tips I wish I had known ahead of time.  For example...glass when frozen contracts, so pulling frozen dough out of a glass container that has basically shrunk is near impossible.  Second, food coloring can be a messy business...keep it inside the bowl whenever possible.
 


This is what the frozen dough will look like once you've sliced it.  The colors are so bright and beautiful, a little shocking, yes, but so full of fiesta.
 


If you saw the inspiration recipe for these you would know that it's suggested you use a donkey shaped cookie cutter for full pinata effect.  I had a dog shaped one but felt disingenuine using it.  So I switched to circles which I'm sure made things easier during the assembly stage and none of my friends commented that they were unhappy by the lack of themed shape to the final product.
 


Mmm...finally biting in!

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