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Day of the Dead Cookies Recipe

Day of the Dead Cookies Recipe

I make these almond butter cookies for all occasions. In the spring, I cut them in flower shapes and insert a lollipop stick in them to make a bouquet. Using candies, food coloring and a wild imagination, try your hand at this Halloween-inspired version. —Kristine Fossmeyer, Huntley, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ounces almond paste
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) white Wilton candy melts
  • Red Wilton candy melts, melted
  • Decorations of your choice: jumbo sprinkles, peppermint candies, candy-coated sunflower kernels, Skittles, Twizzlers Rainbow Twists and Good & Plenty candies
  • Black paste food coloring


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy; add almond paste. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut out with a floured 5-in. skull-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until firm. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. In a large, shallow microwave-safe dish, melt white candy melts according to package directions. Dip top side of each cookie into coating, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed paper. Immediately place a few drops of melted red candy melts on cheeks of skull; swirl with a toothpick.
  • 5. Add decorations as desired. Tint remaining white coating black; pipe on eyes and mouth. Let stand until set. Yield: 1 dozen.

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Agassizlady User ID: 5932245 127322
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013

"I love the dough - it is easy to work with. However, the decorating is a bit of a pain, but well worth the try. If it comes out wonky, well, they are for halloween and they should be a bit wonky."

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