Learn how to make Ear of Corn Piñata Cookies for this Cinco de Mayo. Stuff your favorite candies into the hollow centers and watch them burst like piñatas.
I was really excited when I came up with the concept to make 3-D corn shaped cookies filled with candy, worked for two days to get them right, made three batches of cookies, and finally felt I had something that resembled corn. That was until my husband came into the kitchen and said they looked like eggs wrapped in leaves or odd looking sunflowers. UHG!
I tried adding individual kernels to the corn, but that really didn’t help, and it was so much more work that in the end I decided to skip it.
On Wednesday I worked from 8 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. the next morning trying to get a surprise inside cake completed for Tablespoon.com. The whole day was a train wreck. My kitchen was the biggest mess I’d ever seen. My angel of a mother came over to help me clean it the next morning and it took both of us working for almost 2 hours and I still had to finish the cake, which meant more mess.
I did finally get the cake to work and it looks really good, so my emotions went back up.Then I got an e-mail, that brought me back down. I was hoping to announce to you this week that a video that I was asked to film for the Rachel Ray Show was going to air soon, but found out that it wont air at all until possibly next Thanksgiving. Their schedule is too full. Big bummer.
All of these things were nothing compared to the emotional roller coaster I was on trying to get tickets to The Food Blog Forum, which is a blog conference at Disney World. Thousands of bloggers were competing for 100 tickets because for $350 a family of four could stay in the Grand Floridian Hotel for three nights, have park hopper passes for the Disney parks, and one pass to the conference. One night in the Grand Floridian costs $600. So, this was a crazy good deal.
They sold tickets in three batches, the first day, I didn’t get one, I was so sad. My husband and I had spent hours planning our trip and we were both really looking forward to it.
When tickets went on sale the second day, I had three people trying to get tickets. Nope, nothing. Sad again.
So, yesterday about 5 minutes before they went on sale for the third and final time, I took a few deep breaths, and manned my computer. When I clicked to buy a ticket, and I got through, my hands were trembling so badly. I needed to type in my information quickly knowing the ticket could vanish if I didn’t work fast enough. I kept getting error messages, and was losing hope. When the screen popped up and said my order was complete, my heart was pounding. I burst into happy tears.
I feel like Charlie Bucket, getting a golden ticket and the best part is, I’ll be in Disney World with my blogger friend, Jill and Winnie the Pooh on my 50th birthday.
It’s a good thing I like roller coasters, but have to admit this one I was on this week, made me way too queasy. I think I’ll head over to the Peter Pan ride. It’s much more calm.
Ear of Corn Piñata Cookies
Ingredients: (makes 9-10 cookies)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened slightly
3/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
yellow gel or paste food coloring
Decorations and Candy:
Reese’s Pieces or other small candies (about a cup)
4 ounces yellow confectionery coating (candy melts)
1 batch modeling chocolate colored green (recipe on my Chocolate Making Tips page)
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in egg, vanilla, almond extract, and some drops of yellow food coloring. Add more coloring until you get a really bright shade of yellow and mix until well combined. The color will get lighter when you add the dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients and stir just until it’s mixed in.
Pinch off heaping tablespoon sized pieces of dough and press into the cavities of a Wilton Brownie Pop Mold. Use your finger or the tip of a wooden spoon to create a well in each dough ball. Press the dough into a 1/4 inch thick shell inside each mold. Cut off any dough that comes out over the top of the molds.
Pop the molds in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake cookies for 14 minutes. Remove and use the end of a wooden spoon to reform the shells, pressing the dough that has puffed back into a thin layer.
Put the cookies back in the oven for 6 minutes then remove them and carefully turn them over allowing the cookies to come out on a baking sheet. Set them all with the rounded tips up then put them back in the oven for 4-8 minutes, until the tops start to turn golden brown.
You just want to make sure the cookies are baked through.
Allow the cookies to cool completely.
Use a sharp knife to smooth out the top edge of each cookie. You want each egg shaped cookie to be smooth.Set 8 cookies in the silicone mold. Fill those cookies with candies.
Melt the yellow confectionery coating, by heating it at 20 second intervals on high power in the microwave, stirring after each, until melted. Pour the candy coating into a pastry bag, zip top bag, or squeeze bottle. Pipe some candy coating around the top edge of a cookie and set it on top of a candy filled cookie, forming the ear of corn. Repeat. Allow the candy coating to dry for 10 minutes.
Roll out the green modeling chocolate to about 1/16th of an inch, preferably on a non-stick silicone mat, or on a corn starch dusted cutting board. Cut into long leaf shapes. They need to be long enough to cover the ears of corn, plus hang over a bit.
Pipe a line of yellow candy coating onto a cookie, press one green husk on top. Continue to pipe on yellow candy coating, attaching leaves as you move your way around the corn cookie. In the back. allow the leaves to stick all the way up to the top of the cookie. In the front, they should just come up over the seam in the cookie. Bend the husks to look like they are being peeled from the ear of corn.
You can add a stem if you’d like. I think they look more realistic with stems.
Be sure to check out all of my amazing Thanksgiving Recipes
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