Día de los Muertos Cookies (Calaveras)
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- You Will Also Need
- 3½-inch calavera cookie cutter
- White cookie icing sold at craft stores, the amount needed varies
- Colored sparkle gels for decorating sold at craft stores
A fun family project is what this recipe for el día de los muertos cookies can be! It's so nice to get the kids involved with the cooking and baking process. They tend to look at the food in a whole different light. This is a basic cookie recipe that is adapted from the Mexican cookie called polvorones. It works great for these cut-out Day of the Dead cookies. The prep time above does not reflect the time for decorating. You can keep it simple or really get creative with the design of the calavera faces. I took a lot of help from the local craft store with the white cookie icing and sparkle gels. Make sure you save this recipe for the upcoming día de los muertos celebrations.
Make sure your cookies are completely cooled before attempting to decorate them. The dough can be prepared ahead of time. Chill overnight or freeze for a week.