This is the first time I’ve ever made Sugar Skulls! For the past couple years, I’ve wanted to make some cookies to focus on Dia de Los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” festivities, and I finally got the chance!
I wanted to feature rich fall colors, so I chose a pumpkin orange, russet red, chocolate brown, and bold eggplant. Then I crossed my fingers & hoped they would look okay together…
I searched for images of of ‘Dios de Los Muertos,’ and I kept all of the ideas up near me on my laptop while I set to work. The ending result was a dozen cookies with a handful of unique designs as I pieced together bits from several sources. I love how they turned out!
Although this is our second fall season since moving to Texas, this is the first one that we’ve had a chance to appreciate. Last year, I was buried under a 3000+ cookie order for the month of October, so it’s been really fun to have some time to play around with neat, easy cookie designs this year!
First up, Festive Caramel Apple Cookies!
I’ve seen caramel apple cookies before, but there was one little detail always missing… the “caramel” icing didn’t look gooey! I consider myself the #1 Caramel Apple Fan ever, and the BEST part is the ooey, gooey, drippy caramel! So… I devised a way to make the apple cookies look as closely as possible to the real thing.
I used this cutter for my apple-shaped cookies:
Since I was planning to add a popsicle stick to the finished cookies, I trimmed the leaf & stem from the cookie shape before baking. Once the cookies were baked & cooled, I iced them in a deep red color, and let that dry for a few hours before moving on to the next step.