A big thank you to Dixie Crystals Sugar Kids in the Kitchen for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
We’ve all seen the photos of sugar skull cookies with the perfect icing that is painstakingly piped out by a master baker and decorator, right? (Or maybe that’s just me spending too much time on Pinterest?)
Well, I love the look of sugar skulls and sugar skull cookies and wanted an easy and fun version that I could do with the kids.
First, I thought edible food writer markers were the way to go and pictured the kids drawing and doodling the designs on the cookies. But while we started out with that idea, it didn’t work quite as well as I had thought it would.
So then we reverted to every child’s cookie decorating favorite: tiny candies and sprinkles.
It worked beautifully!
And we all had so much fun.
I’m actually surprised that more people haven’t decorated sugar skull cookies this way.
A quick side note about kids and sugar skulls and The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos): We talk about sugar skulls being a way of celebrating and remembering people who have passed away (and not even necessarily specific people, although you could do that, too) rather than making death and skulls and skeletons a scary Halloween thing.
Here’s how we made our sugar skull cookies…
Sugar Skull Cookies with Candy Decorations
What You’ll Need
- Sugar cookie dough made with Dixie Crystals Sugar
- Icing made with Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar
- Skull cookie cutters (we used both large and small skull cookie cutters)
- Small candies such as mini M&Ms, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, and mini chocolate chips
First, make your cookies
There were some awesome large skull cookie cutters at Michael’s that we couldn’t resist trying, so we made some BIG sugar skull cookies as well. The kids were very excited about those big cookies, let me tell you.
Bake your cookies and let them cool.
Next, whip up a batch of white icing
Then, ice and decorate your cookies
We started with a base layer of white icing that we let harden a bit before decorating. (Although you could decorate right away if you wanted to.) Then we had a little cookie decorating party with a friend who was over for the day.
For design inspiration, I did an image search for sugar skull printable and printed out a few examples to refer to.
Daphne and I set out the cookies on plates as well as small cups of decorating candies (mini M&Ms, chocolate-covered sunflower seeds, mini chocolate chips, and sprinkles/jimmies) and small cups of extra icing with a cotton swab for applying it.
For example, we would apply dots of icing for the eyes, then press mini M&Ms or chocolate chips to the centers and add sprinkles (as if we were adding glitter to glue) and tip off the excess.
Or, for the big sugar skull cookies, we added lines of icing around the eye sockets and circled them with little candies. And did the same for the rest of the sugar skull cookie decorations.
Everyone decorated a big sugar skull cookie.
And several little sugar skull cookies.
Finally, enjoy your colorful and tasty cookies!
The kids declared the cookies delicious!
Here Maia is hamming it up with her giant sugar skull cookie and showing us exactly how delicious it is.
Don’t you think this looks like fun?! Would you like to make and decorate some sugar skull cookies with your kids?
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Again, thank you to Dixie Crystals Sugar Kids in the Kitchen for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.