Sugar Skull Cookies You Can Color!

October 18, 2017

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Looking for a simple Halloween activity to make with the kids? Bake up a batch of these Sugar Skull Cookies You Can Color with edible markers!

A couple weekends ago, I spent the day with my nieces.  They were having a sleepover at my parents’ house while my brother and sister-in-law were packing up their house for their upcoming move.  So my mom and I started brainstorming ideas to keep the girls busy while they were over. 

Mom had plans to buy a pumpkin painting kit for us to do.  I decided that “craft time with Aunt Jess” would also involve some baking.  My nieces love making cookies!  Since it’s Halloween season, I knew it was the perfect time to break out my sugar skull cookie cutters and make some Day of the Dead cookies!  

My nieces also love to color, so I thought it would be fun to color our cookies with edible markers!  Sugar skulls, traditionally, are pretty ornate and colorful.  Edible markers made it fun and easy to decorate our cookies.  My nieces couldn’t believe that we were using markers on our cookies!

My four year old niece is such a help!  I told her that I would be putting our cookies up on my website.  I had brought my camera equipment and some backdrops with me to my parents’ house to take pictures.  My niece came out to the car with me to get everything and insisted that she help carry a few things back to the house. I loved having an assistant for the day!

We never got around to taking pictures (I took them at home instead), but we had a ton of fun making these cookies together!  I even left the sugar skull cookie cutters behind so the girls could use them in Play-Doh!

These sugar skull cookies are perfect for kids who love to color! Here’s how to easily make these sugar cookies for Halloween:

Bake ’em!

I have to admit that I cut major corners with my sugar cookie recipe.  I was making these with small children after all!  So I used a pouch of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix.  My “assistant” then asked to help out again.  I added the eggs and butter and she mixed!

Then, both nieces helped cut out shapes using the sugar skull cookie cutters.  First, you cut out the shape of the skull.  Then, you turn the cookie cutter over and press the design into the cookie dough.

We baked the cookies according to the instructions on the package of mix and let them cool completely before decorating.

Color ’em!

Next came the fun part!  Coloring our cookies!  We used Wilton Food Writer markers in primary colors and neon colors.  They were easy to use on our sugar cookies and my nieces had a blast decorating these sugar skulls!

Eat ’em!

The best part of making cookies is eating them!  Now, be forewarned that the black marker did make a bit of a mess out of my nieces’ mouths.  But it’s all part of the fun. Right?  If you don’t want to scrub black marker off your kids’ faces, just use the other colors on your cookies.  They’ll still look great!

While I was hanging out with my nieces all day, I said to my mom, “Mommy brain is totally a thing!”  We set the timer on the oven, but never hit preheat!  I couldn’t figure out why the cookies weren’t baking!  Then, I looked at the oven temperature and realized my mistake.  Duh!

It all worked out in the end!  I had a nice day spending quality time with my nieces and doing Halloween activities!  We made a fun mess out of painting pumpkins and had a great time making our cookies! If your kids love to color, this is such a fun way to let them get creative in the kitchen!


What’s your favorite kid-friendly Halloween activity?


  • Reply kissmytulle October 18, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    These are so perfect for my area. Lots of Dias de la Muerte celebrations and memorials.

    • Reply Jessica October 18, 2017 at 4:19 PM

      The celebrations sound like fun! I love the Dia de los Muertos traditions!

  • Reply emmymom2 October 18, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Those are cute! I am sure they had so much fun making them with you. And yes Mommy brain is definitely a real thing

    • Reply Jessica October 18, 2017 at 10:52 PM

      It was a blast making these with my nieces! Thanks! I definitely give moms a lot of credit for dealing with mommy brain!

  • Reply cosmeticsanctuary October 18, 2017 at 11:47 PM

    Such a cute idea! My son and his friends would probably love this!

    • Reply Jessica October 19, 2017 at 8:09 AM

      It’s a great kid activity! Thanks!

  • Reply Phyrra October 18, 2017 at 11:54 PM

    these are really cute

  • Reply Carrie R October 19, 2017 at 6:32 AM

    I LOVE those edible ink markers from Wilton! 🙂 And these cookies are awesome.

    • Reply Jessica October 19, 2017 at 8:09 AM

      Aren’t they fun? 😉 Thanks so much!

  • Reply Kendra October 19, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    These look so cool (and I bet they are yummy too)

    • Reply Jessica October 19, 2017 at 10:12 PM

      Thank you! You’ve gotta love sugar cookies!

  • Reply Lauren Becker October 21, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    How fun! I’ll have to keep these markers in mind for Christmas when my nieces and nephew are in town. The oldest two LOVE anything DIY so they’d love this.


    • Reply Jessica October 22, 2017 at 8:51 AM

      Thank you! Yes! These markers were so much fun to use with my nieces. They were easy and, for the most part, mess free!

  • Reply loveforlacquer October 23, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    These are so fun! I may have to get those markers!

    • Reply Jessica October 23, 2017 at 12:32 PM

      Thanks! I totally recommend the edible markers. They make decorating SO much easier!

  • Reply H.A.G. October 26, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    I am making skull cookies for my daughter next week- I love this idea of having her join in and “paint” with me- good find!

    • Reply Jessica October 27, 2017 at 8:17 AM

      Oh, how fun! I hope you both have a great time making sugar skull cookies!

  • Reply Creative Khadija October 27, 2017 at 4:17 AM

    This looks perfect & really fun! Thanks a bunch for sharing with us.

  • Reply Monika October 28, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    These look so cute, pinned! Happy FF:)

    • Reply Jessica October 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Miz Helen October 30, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    What fun Sugar Skull Cookies, a great project cookie! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply Jessica October 30, 2017 at 11:59 AM

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply Sandhya October 30, 2017 at 10:24 PM

    These cookies look like a lot of fun! I am sure the kids enjoyed coloring their own cookies!
    Thanks for sharing them at FF!

    • Reply Jessica October 31, 2017 at 9:37 AM

      Thanks so much! It was definitely a great, kid-friendly Halloween activity!

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