Sugar skull cookies

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As I mentioned in my Macadamia and Parmesan biscuits post I am slightly obsessed with sugar skulls. Years ago I bought this sugar skull cookie cutter set from a gift shop in Leederville. You get buy them online here.

I came across the cookie cutter set again when I was looking for my sugar skull cookie stamp so of course I had to make sugar skull cookies as well! How else can you celebrate Dia de los Muertos (the Mexican Day of the Dead)!

I hopped onto the Recipe Community and searched for a sugar cookie recipe. I chose the Thermomix in Australia because it looked the easiest. Click here to view the recipe.

I rolled out the cookie dough onto my ThermoMat and started cutting my skull shapes out of the dough.

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  Once I had them all on my prepared baking tray I started stamping them with the other side of the cookie cutter. I made sure I pressed firmly and evenly to ensure the whole design was stamped into the cookie.

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I was so happy with how they looked even before baking them for about 10 minutes. I still had royal icing left over from making my ginger-dead biscuits so I divided it up into 5 bowls, reserving a bit more in the one bowl that I wanted to keep white. With the 4 remaining bowls I added a drop of food colouring and half a teaspoon of warm water to make it a bit runnier.

I then handpainted my designs with a set of thin paintbrushes. I could have piped it but I didn’t want to have to wash my piping bag inbetween colours and also had a steadier hand using the painbrush. I even found it quite relaxing 🙂 Move over colouring books for adults, this can be the next trend!

Macadamia and Parmesan biscuits

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I am slightly obsessed with sugar skulls and last year I bought this sugar skull cookie stamp from Typo. And then I forgot all about it!

When I was planning my Halloween baking I finally remembered to use it! I was looking for something savoury to take a break from all the sweet treats I was baking. So I just needed to find a savoury biscuit recipe that wasn’t too crumbly.

Then I remembered my group leader had made the Macadamia and Parmesan biscuits from the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook when it was first released.

These biscuits are simply delicious! And I knew they would be the right texture for my cookie stamp. Made with parmesan, rosemary, macadamia nuts, butter and plain flour. In less than a minute the dough is made and ready to roll. I rolled it out and used my largest round cookie cutter to cut the dough and then placed each biscuit onto my prepared tray. Then I pressed my sugar skull stamp into each biscuit (I used a bit of flour on the stamp when it started getting too sticky) and baked them for about 10 minutes.

When they came out of the oven I was so happy with how they turned out. The sugar skulls were perfectly imprinted into my biscuits and really stood out after baking 🙂

Don’t have any cookie stamps? No worries, get creative with any cookie cutters you have and make biscuits with cutouts or different shaped biscuits. Or just make them plain and simple, they are only just going to get eaten anyway 😉

Don’t have the Everyday Cooking for Thermomix Families TM5 cookbook? Contact your consultant or purchase your own copy here.