Easy Chocolate Sugar Skull Cookies for Día de Muertos {Recipe}

With  Día de Muertos just around the corner we were inspired to bake up something sweet that reflects the flavors of this special holiday. We also wanted to make something that we could enjoy creating with our niños. It helped that we attended the Nestlé Dia de Muertos event where our creative juices really got going. How do some Abuelita Sugar Skull Cookies sound ? Yes, you read right. That tasty and traditional cup of Mexican hot chocolate that many of us enjoy is what inspired these treats. We followed this Nestlé recipe and then gave it an extra Day of the Dead spin with the calavera inspired icing.

Although we are not culinary artists in the kitchen we enjoyed making these cookies and decorating them. They were surprisingly simple to make! Most of the work goes into the decorating. Let yours and your kids imaginations soar and add more colors and designs to your calaveritas de azúcar cookies!

Abuelita Mexican Hot Chocolate - Day of the Dead Abuelita Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 tablets (90 grams each) NESTLÉ ABUELITA Chocolate
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.

PLACE butter and Abuelita chocolate in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until completely melted and smooth; let cool for 10 minutes.

BEAT Abuelita mixture and sugar in large mixer bowl. Add egg; beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended.

SHAPE rounded tablespoon of dough into ball. Flatten ball into a disk and shape into a skull by pinching sides of bottom quarter of dough. Repeat with remaining dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 8 to 9 minutes or until golden around edges.

SpanglishBaby’s Decorating Tips:

  • We used white icing to cover the cookies after they had cooled.
  • It helps to place the cookies with the icing in a cool place so that the icing hardens a bit. 
  • After the icing has hardened a bit you can draw out your design with a toothpick. Then, color in the design lines with colorful icing!

 Find this and more delicious recipes with Abuelita Mexican Hot Chocolate at the Nestlé Meals website.

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