Painted Sugar Skull Cookies Tutorial
Mexican sugar skulls come to life in cookie form in this easy to make tutorial. A Cookie Stamp Set and some paintable food coloring make these cookies like filling in a coloring book. Ready to use sugar flowers and black food coloring markers make it easy to give each skull your own twist and make these a must for your Day of the Dead celebration.
You need a really good roll out sugar cookie dough that keeps it's shape to make these cookies look really great. We're partial to our Ultimate Sugar Cookie Dough, but feel free to use your favorite recipe.
STEP 1: ONE DAY AHEAD, PREPARE COOKIE DOUGH
Prepare the Ultimate Sugar Cookie Dough recipe per the instructions and chill for several hours or overnight.
On a floured surface, roll the dough 1/4" thick (we like to work with 1/3 of the dough at a time and keep the rest in the fridge so that it doesn't become too soft). Dust the top of the dough again with a light coating of flour to keep the stamp from sticking. Use the cutter side of the skull to cut out the shape, flip the cutter and use the stamp side to firmly press into the cookie to make an even impression. Place on a parchment lined tray and continue with the remaining dough. Place the tray of unbaked cookies in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill before baking at 350 degrees for 12- 14 minutes, or until just lightly browned on the edges. Cool completely before continuing.
STEP 2: PAINT WITH FOOD COLORING
Place a tiny dot of each gel paste color on a dish or in a bowl and add a few drops of vodka or clear extract to it. (Note: Add some yellow paste to the green dish to get bright green). Stir the two together to thin the gel a bit and then continue to add a little additional vodka, until you have a water color like consistency. Test the color on the back of a cookie to confirm that you like the brightness before continuing.
Paint raised portions of the cookie various colors. Let the cookies dry 1/2 hour before finishing with markers.
STEP 3: FINISH WITH MARKERS AND FLOWERS
Use a black food coloring marker to outline and draw on the cookies. Then, squeeze a generous dab of piping gel on the back of the sugar daisies to adhere them to the cookies. Set the cookies aside for a few minutes so that the piping gel can dry.