Cookie Maracas Recipe to Shake Up Cinco de Mayo

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Maracas are essential items for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. This year, make some edible maracas to go along with the traditional ones. These maracas are filled with small chocolate candies that rattle when gently shaken. This recipe will make 6 edible maracas.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups crispy fruit flavored rice cereal
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate candies
  • 3 pretzel rods
  • 11-inch x 7-inch baking pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Muffin tin
Edible Cinco de Mayo Maracas
Edible Cinco de Mayo Maracas (Image: Tonia Larson)

Make Crispy Fruity Flavored Rice Cereal Bars

Step 1

Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in the microwave. Add 3 cups of mini marshmallows and stir to coat. Microwave the coated marshmallows for 1 minute and stir until smooth.

Melt Marshmallows in Microwave
Melt Marshmallows in Microwave (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 2

Add 3 cups of crispy fruit flavored rice cereal to the melted marshmallows and stir until the cereal is well coated.

Add Crispy Fruit Flavored Rice Cereal
Add Crispy Fruit Flavored Rice Cereal (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 3

Press the marshmallow-coated cereal into a greased 11-inch x 7-inch baking pan and allow the bars to cool.

Crispy Fruity Flavored Rice Cereal Bars
Crispy Fruity Flavored Rice Cereal Bars (Image: Tonia Larson)

Assemble Edible Maracas

Step 1

Cut the bars into 12 rectangles and form them into cupped oval shapes that will be the maraca halves.

Form Maraca Halves
Form Maraca Halves (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 2

Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth.

Melt White Chocolate Chips
Melt White Chocolate Chips (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 3

Use the back of a spoon to coat the insides of the maraca halves with the melted white chocolate.

Use Spoon to Coat Maraca Halves
Use Spoon to Coat Maraca Halves (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 4

Turn a muffin tin upside down. Place the maraca halves between the cups on the muffin tin's underside to allow the white chocolate to harden while the maraca halves hold their shape.

Set Maraca Halves in Muffin Tin
Set Maraca Halves in Muffin Tin (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 5

Once the white chocolate is set, remove the maraca halves from the muffin tin and arrange them in pairs. Fill one half of each pair with about 1 tablespoon of mini chocolate candies.

Fill With Mini Chocolate Candies
Fill With Mini Chocolate Candies (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 6

Break the pretzel rods in half. Dip one end of one pretzel rod in the melted white chocolate and set it on the end of the maraca half containing the mini chocolate pieces. Coat the top edges of the maraca halves with the melted white chocolate.

Add Pretzel Rod
Add Pretzel Rod (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 7

Working quickly, set the empty maraca half on top of the candy-filled half and press the two halves firmly together, working to close any gaps. Repeat with the remaining maraca halves. Store the edible maracas at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Press Halves Together
Press Halves Together (Image: Tonia Larson)

Step 8

The edible Cinco de Mayo maracas can be gently shaken so that the mini chocolate candies will rattle, but the best part is eating the delicious candy-filled maracas.

Cinco de Mayo Maracas
Cinco de Mayo Maracas (Image: Tonia Larson)

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