I call these my crossover cookies — a collision of my two cultures mashed into one. Versatile enough to be able to serve two different purposes. I can make them for Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos, just by adjusting a few details here and there. Either way, the stained glass cookie looks great as a skull or a calavera. How you decide to make them is up to you.
Stained Glass Skull Cookie: Calavera 1 of 12
Look at this beauty in all its glory. The stained glass eyes give these cookies a POP of color that is irresistible to the human eye. Make them for Halloween or Dia De Los Muertos.
Patted Disk Of Dough 2 of 12
Place disk-shaped dough in plastic wrap, then wrap it tight and place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill.
Unwrap 3 of 12
Unwrap each color of candy and separate into individual bowls. Then chop with a sharp knife or place in a ziplock wrapped in a towel and use a hammer or heavy mug to break into pieces.
Crushed 4 of 12
Crush all the colors of hard candy, then place in little bowls to be able to work out of easily.
Floured Work Surface 5 of 12
Flour a work surface, and rub a little onto your rolling pin as well.
Cookie Cutter 6 of 12
Cut out as many skulls / calaveras as possible, then re-roll scraps and cut out more.
Cut Outs 7 of 12
With a small paring knife, cut out the shapes of the eyes and a nose or mouth.
Place On Baking Sheet 8 of 12
Fill in the cutout space with hard candy. I made dough tears and a flower to adorn my Dia De Los Muertos cookies, and the Halloween ones will be left plain.
Fill In With Hard Candy 9 of 12
Make sure to stay within the cutout area with a healthy portion of hard candy.
Put It In The Fridge 10 of 12
Allow your cookies to chill for 20 minutes to ensure firm dough. Then bake for 11 minutes at 325 degrees fahrenheit.
Let Cool Completely 11 of 12
Let the cookies cool on baking sheet completely before removing them. Leave the Halloween cookies plain, and if you are interested in making them for Dia De Los Muertos, adorn them flower cookie headpieces or cookie tear drops.
Skull Or Calavera 12 of 12
They store for up to a week in an air tight container. If you stack them, place a piece of wax paper in between each cookie.
Ingredients for stained glass skull / calavera cookies:
- 1 – stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 1 – cup sugar
- 1 – egg
- 2 – teaspoons vanilla
- 2 – cups flour
- 1/4 – teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 – teaspoon baking powder
- 14 – ounces of Jolly Ranchers (hard candy) (finely chopped, and separated by color)
- Cream butter and sugar together in a mixer for about 3 minutes or until fluffy and creamy.
- Add in egg and vanilla, and mix on medium till mixture comes together.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix with a fork to mix well.
- Pour the flour mixture into the creamy butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Remove from mixer and mix with your hands to bring it together. Then divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
- Wrap each portion of dough in plastic wrap, and smash down into a disk shape. Place in the fridge for 1 hour until cold.
- Preheat the oven for 325 degrees fahrenheit.
- Roll dough out on a lightly floured work space. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Then with a skull cookie cutter, cut as many skulls as possible. With the scraps, re-roll and cut more skulls.
- Place skulls on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat or wax paper.
- With a small knife, cut out circles for eyes and a small triangle for the nose.
- Remove the dough cutout and then sprinkle in chopped candy of your color of choice.
- Refrigerate the entire baking sheet until dough is firm for about 20 minutes.
- Bake for 11 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheet.
- Remove from baking mat with a metal spatula.
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