How to Decorate a Sugar Skull Cookie

Skull Cookie Cutter and Day of the Dead Stencil BUNDLE


Repeat after me, "I can create cookies with confidence!" You have what it takes, my fellow cookie fanatic. Just take a deep breath, follow the tutorial step-by-step and have a blast! Happy decorating!

- Anne Yorks, owner The Flour Box
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Learn how to make stunning sugar skull cookies without the stress of piping using royal icing stenciling. Add a pop of color and detail to take these cookies to the next level!  The tutorial features the skull cutter and the Day of the Dead Stencil!


Cookie Yield


Cookie Yield

For a single batch of dough, you can make 18 of these cookies. I should note that I roll my cookies to 1/4" thick using the Dough EZ Rolling Mat System. The thickness of your cookies will impact your yield.

COOKIE RECIPE: For a cookie recipe and rolling and baking video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer. 

Prepping the Royal Icing


For a single batch of dough, I typically use a single batch of icing. Since I'm using a KitchenAid mixer, I made a double batch of icing and split it in half (reserving half for another project).

I used mostly white icing for the white base - about 12 oz. Then I mixed 1 oz each of pink, orange, yellow, violet, leaf green and purple in the PIPING consistency for the stenciling and piped accents. A total of about 18 oz of icing. I don't measure exactly...I estimate. For a more detailed look at icing planning, CLICK HERE to read this helpful blog post.


For a royal icing recipe and video CLICK HERE - this recipe can be doubled in a KitchenAid Mixer.