12 Piñata Desserts for a Festive Cinco de Mayo

05/05/2014 at 10:40 AM ET
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PIÑATA PERFECT

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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MERINGUE COOKIES

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

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LEGO BRICK COOKIES

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

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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

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

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MINI MUFFINS

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

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OMBRE COOKIES

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

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CAKE

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

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HELLO KITTY COOKIES

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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MINI DUTCH OVEN DESSERTS

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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RAINBOW CAKE

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

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DONKEY COOKIES

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

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SOMBRERO COOKIES

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

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CONES

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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no more candy!! on

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!!

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