Sugar Skulls Recipe

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Recipe and Decorating Ideas -


  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 4&1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder


  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. of almond extract
  • 810 tsp. of water

Candy Ideas

  • Soft Puffs
  • Good & Plenty
  • Chocolate Melts – black and at least 2 other colors
  • Black Non-Pareils and other assorted colors


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large bowl – Cream the fist 4 ingredients
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond – mix in
  4. In another large bowl, mix the flour & baking powder
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour
  7. When you are ready, roll the dough out between to sheets of wax paper *my little trick to avoid sticky dough on the rolling pin!
  8. And…cut the shapes out with a skull shaped cookie cutter
  9. *When the dough warms up – and it does pretty quickly – pop it back into the refrigerator. I like to take half of the dough out, roll, and cut…then take the other half out to finish
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes
  11. Mix the icing by mixing the powdered sugar, almond extract, water and food coloring together. *Add water gradually until the icing is the consistency you like
  12. When the cookies have cooled – decorate using the tips below! 🙂