Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday to celebrate and remember the dead.  This Dia De Los Muertos Cookies recipe is a great addition to your themed party for Day of The Dead or indeed your Halloween Themed party!

Makes about 2 dozen Dia De Los Muertos Cookies

As a tip what you can do is double the Dia De Los Muertos Cookies recipe recipe to save time and have cookies on hand always! These cookies (without icing) freeze well and they don’t last long. You’ll be glad to have extras on hand.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS Cookies Recipe Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon whole milk
For decorating: small candies, brightly-colored royal icing (see below)

Dia De Los Muertos Cookies Recipe Directions:

Place a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Sift together 1 ½ cups flour, baking powder, and salt. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk and beat on medium speed until just combined. Add the flour mixture. Beat until combined. Add up to ½ cup more flour to the dough, mixing to incorporate, until the dough is just thick enough to roll. Chill for at least three hours.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out to ¼-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies in desired shapes and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Pick up the scraps and repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. Cookies should still be soft. Remove from the oven and cool for five minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Royal Icing

For decorating sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies.

2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon plus two teaspoons dried egg whites
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons warm water
Food coloring

In an electric mixer, beat the confectioners’ sugar, dried egg whites, vanilla, and warm water on low speed until combined. Increase the speed of the mixer to medium and beat until the frosting is thick and has a glossy sheen, about 4 minutes. If the icing is too thick, add a little more warm water. If too thin, add some more confectioners’ sugar.

Color the icing with food coloring as desired. To pipe icing, spoon icing into a squeeze bottle or pastry bag.

Dia De Los Muertos Cookies Recipe Credit – Minced Blog