I made some cookies to celebrate Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead (DOTD). The holiday doesn't begin until Friday but I had to mail some of these to family so I needed to work early.
I spotted the cookie cutters in an art store. It's really hard for me to resist DOTD stuff. I could see that the cutters weren't very big and that there was a lot of detail but I just wanted them. I don't know who iced the cookies on the front of the box but there was no way I was going to be able to reproduce detail this fine. Frankly, I wonder if the photo wasn't Photoshopped. Or, the detail was used mainly as a guide and the whole cookie was flooded with white icing first then the maticulous detail applied later. Cuz I really don't see how you could have filled in the nooks and crannies then flooded around it and certainly there was no way to flood around the detail.For the cookies I used Martha's Ideal Sugar Cookies recipe. I also used her recipe for royal icing. You can also use your own favorite cookie recipe and your own icing recipe.
Here are my colors of icing. I made sure to make them bright and bold. For most of the cookies I used the detail as a guide but for a few of them (pictured at the beginning of this post) I flooded the whole thing with white first and then just played with the colors with now particular agenda.