Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner and Sombrero Cookies would be an easy Cinco de Mayo dessert.
How cute are these sombrero sugar cookies? People also call sombrero cookies "Mexican hats."
I love how easy these Mexican themed sugar cookies are to make. It is a great Cinco de Mayo dessert recipe for kids. Kids would enjoy decorating the cookies with frosting and brightly colored sprinkles. They might steal a few of the gumdrop pieces in the process though!
My youngest son's birthday is on May 6th so we may decide to throw him a Cinco de Mayo themed birthday party and serve these sombrero cookies. How adorable would the cookies be served at a Cinco de Mayo themed party?
The ingredients needed to make sombrero cookies (Mexican hat cookies) are simple:
- Sugar cookie dough. You can either make your own sugar cookie dough or purchase a pre-made sugar cookie dough. I have yet to find a great sugar cookie recipe so I opted to purchase a Pillsbury sugar cookie kit. You'll have to add a few ingredients like eggs and butter, but I found that the sugar cookie kit is cheaper than refrigerated sugar cookie dough.
- Frosting. You could also make your own frosting, but I keep it simple and purchase pre-made frosting from the store.
- Gumdrops or Dots candy. The top of the Mexican sombrero hat is formed by adding a gumdrop or Dots candy to the top.
- Sprinkles. Sprinkles come in lots of colors, but if you are sticking with a Cinco de Mayo or Mexican theme, use bright primary colors to decorate the cookies. I used a container of Pillsbury Confetti Funfetti frosting that I found at Walmart. The sprinkles already came with the white frosting!
How to Make Decorated Sombrero Sugar Cookies
- Form the sugar cookie dough. Use the sugar cookie dough to form a small round ball. Place cookie dough about 2" apart from each other.
- Bake sugar cookies. Bake the sugar cookies according to the sugar cookie dough recipe or by following the directions on the pre-made sugar cookie dough package/sugar cookie kit package. Let the cookies cool completely.
- Decorate the Mexican hat cookies. After the cookies have completely cooled, it is time to decorate them! Using a frosting piping bag, place a large dot of frosting in the middle of each cookie. Firmly press a gumdrop in the center. Next, trace the brim area with frosting. Top the frosting with sprinkles.
- Baking sheet
- Piping bag (for frosting)
- 1 package sugar cookie dough
- 1 container white frosting
- gumdrops or Dots candy pieces
- Shape the dough into a small round ball. Place on a baking sheet about 2" apart.
- Follow the directions on the packaging to bake the cookies.
- After the cookies have cooled completely, decorate the cookies. Using a frosting piping bag, place a large dot of frosting in the middle of each cookie. Firmly press a gumdrop in the center. Trace the brim outline with frosting. Top the frosting with sprinkles.
- Make sure the cookies are completely cooled before decorating them. Otherwise, the cookies will melt the frosting and it will be hard to decorate the sombrero cookies.
- If you don't have a frosting piping bag, empty the frosting into a small plastic food storage bag. Cut off one corner of the bag to create a small hole. Press the frosting through the hole and use it just like you would a frosting piping bag.