Day of the Dead biscuits

February 26, 2015Sew White

Day of the Dead biscuits are so fun to make and look spectacular. My easy Day of the Dead biscuits are made with my basic vanilla biscuit recipe.

Any excuse to try and play with cookie cutters and stamps and I am there! I bought the fabulous Fred Sweet Spirits set and I love the biscuits they produce. Next time I want to try them with sugar paste on a cake. I think they would look lovely.

Sew White Day of the dead vanilla and ginger biscuits 1

Lots of happy skulls on the tray ready for the oven.

Day of the Dead biscuits ready for the oven

The finished cookies ready to enjoy with a cup of tea. You can see they are rather pale but they taste brilliant. This recipe is also brilliant for making biscuits to ice.

the finished Day of the Dead biscuits made with my basic vanilla bsicuit recipe

I love the look of the stamp in the dough.

Stamped design in the Day of the Dead biscuits

I used the decorate stamp on the dough first and then use the cutter side to make the shape.

mexican skull biscuit

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5 from 4 votes

Basic Vanilla Biscuits

This recipe is the simple vanilla biscuit recipe I use for all my biscuits. It also works really well with embossed rolling pins.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Bakes, Biscuits, Sweet Treats
Cuisine: British, English
Keyword: Basic Vanilla Easter Biscuit, Easter biscuit making
Servings: 40 small to medium biscuits
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Sisley White


  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 400 g plain flour


  • Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Mix in the egg, vanilla and ginger.
  • Sieve in the flour and combine into a a dough. Once the dough has pulled together wrap it in cling film and pop it in for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the dough to just shy of a 1cm thickness.
  • Cut out the shapes you want and pop the pieces on a greaseproof paper lined baking tray.
  • Pop the dough back into the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan oven.
  • Pop the biscuits in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the dough is firm to the touch and just starting to go light brown.
  • You don’t want them going golden brown or they will dry too hard. You can see how pale the finished biscuits are above.
  • Leave to cool on a cooling rack and once cold store in an air tight container.

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  • Megan

    March 2, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    I love Sugar Skulls so these really appeal to me! I’m trying to get into baking so I’ll definitely add this to my recipe list. xo5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 2, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      I hope you make it and enjoy them x

  • Stephanie

    March 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    These look and sound amazing. I really want one of those stamps! x5 stars

    1. Sew White

      March 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      thank you! x

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