Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Cookies Recipe


    Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and, for those of you who don’t know the history behind this day, it commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  I actually know facts like these from the years that I taught middle school Social Studies and planned multicultural lessons for my students.


    The Battle of Puebla is significant because it is the classic story of the underdog defying all the odds to come out ahead.  In this case, Mexicans were greatly outnumbered by the French who had not been defeated for almost 50 years.  It’s a wonderful story that I love telling to my Mexican students to instill pride in their heritage.  This year, I thought I would also create some delicious treats to give out to my students as we discuss the day’s historical significance.


Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Cookies Recipe


12 Pillsbury Ready To Bake Sugar Cookies (or can use store bought)
1 theatre box tropical Dots candies
4 oz bag Sixlet candies – primary colors
Cookie icing/gel in red, green and yellow



1. Bake cookies according to package directions.
2. Cool completely on wire rack.
3. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
4. Place 12 cooled cookies on the cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart.
5. Pipe your choice of colored icing/gel around the edge of each cookie. (I alternated using red, green and yellow).
6. Place colored sixlets (about 6 per cookie) on top of the piped icing- leaving spaces between each one.
7. Pipe a dollop of icing/gel in the middle of each cookie. Place a Dots candy piece on top of the gel. I matched the color of the Dots candy with the color of icing I piped around each cookie.
8. Let the cookies “dry” for at least 30 minutes.
9. ENJOY!!


Let’s Discuss:  What dessert do you prepare to celebrate important holidays?

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  1. Crystal says

    I hadn’t planned anything special for my family this Cinco de Mayo. But these look perfect! I can whip them up while the kids are at school & make our dinner a fiesta.

  2. What fun cookies! Bet they don’t last long around your boys. I have been trying to think of something fun to do for Cinco de Mayo for my Hubs and I, but so far am at a loss.

  3. By the way!! Thank you for the History lesson. I never knew why Cinco de Mayo was celebrated.

  4. These look so cute, they are the perfect recipe to make with the kids today! Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

  5. These are so adorable! I am sure my kids would love to make these!

  6. These are absolutely amazing – they look so fun to decorate as well as delicious to eat.

  7. Oh, how cute. This is such a great idea. I love the creativity involved.

  8. Neely (@Neelykins) says

    Those cookies are so cute. What a great idea!

  9. Jeanine says

    These are super cute and I bet so tasty! Very creative and fun for Cinco de Mayo! I love this idea.

  10. These are adorable! My kids would love to help making them!

  11. Those look like so much fun to make and eat. I bet my kids would love these!

  12. These cookies are super cute and colorful. I like that the kids could help make them too.

  13. These cookies are adorable. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with such fun cookies is the best.

  14. Marti Tabora says

    These are adorable and I really love that they are not difficult, but still look cute. I’m definitely going to try them. Thank you.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says

    These cookies are perfect for Cinco De Mayo. I will have to make some with the kids this weekend.

  16. These cookies are cute. I love recipes that have a lesson behind them. Saving this for my kiddo who might be able to understand next year.

  17. meagan bs says

    I don’t usually make a dessert on Cinco de Mayo, I just eat a lot of guacamole. lol

  18. Debbie Welchert says

    I love this cookie recipe and how simple it is. I can’t wait to make them for my grandchildren.

  19. Cami Valenzuela says

    These are so cute. And so easy. Will have to save this idea for my boys ♡♡

  20. I’m sure they were gone in seconds with your guys. They are so colorful it would be hard to resist.

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