When it comes to my family, food is the center of any and all gatherings. And there’s no such thing as having too much. Just when I think I’m done with my meal, my grandmother, mom, and aunts all say “get some more food!” I have wonderful childhood memories of baking treats with my mom, which is how I discovered my love for baking. These days, you can find me in my kitchen baking with my 4-year-old daughter — creating lasting memories.
I was inspired by Coco to create these Sugar Skull Cookies and decorated them like the traditional sugar skulls used during Día de los Muertos. They’re sugary, buttery, and so yummy! Gather your family to enjoy this Coco-themed treat.
For more Disney magic, try this Pan de Muerto & Hot Chocolate:
‘Coco’-Inspired Sugar Skull Cookies
- 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
- Skull cookie cutter
- ROYAL ICING:
- 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 6 tablespoons warm water
- 3 teaspoons meringue powder
- Pastry bags and tip
- Blue, orange, pink, and black gel food coloring
All cutting should be done by an adult.
Preheat oven to 350 °F.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until combined.
Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, baking powder, and salt.
Slowly, add the flour and mix until dough is formed.
Roll out dough about 1/4″ thick with a rolling pin. Cut out cookies using a skull cookie cutter.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Space out cookies on sheets so they have enough room to rise. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
While cookies are cooling, make your royal icing.
Beat all ingredients (except food coloring) until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a stand mixer).
For stiffer icing (used for outlining), use 1 tablespoon less water. For the thinned (flood) royal icing, add an additional teaspoon of water at a time until you reach a good consistency.
Separate frosting in bowls to mix in different food coloring. Place in frosting bags and decorate. Use black icing for the eyes, nose, and mouth. For all the other details, use blue, pink, and orange. Use a piping bag and tip to outline and add features, and just a piping bag for the “flood” icing.