12 Piñata Desserts for a Festive Cinco de Mayo

05/05/2014 at 10:40 AM ET
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If you don’t have a cavernous rec room (sans breakables!) or a decent-sized backyard, a piñata isn’t the most practical choice for Cinco de Mayo.

But piñata desserts — cookies, cakes, cupcakes and even ice cream cones that spill out miniature candies when you break them open — are always a sweet idea. Here are 12 to make for the holiday. ¡Olé!

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Elegant candy-stuffed meringues are also perfect for a bridal shower or birthday party.

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Treat your favorite LEGO lover to a sweet replica of the toy bricks — with an even sweeter surprise inside!

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Up the ante to piñata cupcakes — they hold way more candy inside than a cookie.

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Add a chocolate dome to mini muffins, cupcakes or even brownies to make room for a pile of hidden candy.

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Make these ombre piñata cookies in any color depending on the occasion!

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The mother of all piñata desserts: cake! Just think how much candy you can pack inside of this recipe.

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Fondant is used for the top layer of these cookies, which blogger Detty calls a riff on a Hungarian recipe for ishler cookies.

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Miniature Le Creuset Dutch ovens are darling vessels for piñata cupcakes or brownies. Chocolate domes made in silicon molds hold the candy.

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This cheerful cake would be a hit at any summer party!

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Now a classic, donkey cookies in rainbow stripes are what started the piñata cookie trend.

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These sombrero cookies, easily made in mini muffin trays. look way more complicated than they are.

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Fill cones with your favorite candy, then top with a meringue cookie. Time-saving tip: Buy meringues at the grocery store and you can whip these up without ever turning on the oven!

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Why are we feeding our kids so much candy?? It seems that our country is going to be full of overweight and obese people in the future if we keep this up. We should promote healthy eating and exercises. Not this candy stuffed dessert!!