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Shortbread Day of the Dead Cookies

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21 servings, 2 cookies each

Our Shortbread Day of the Dead Cookies are modeled after traditional pan de muertos. Shortbread Day of the Dead Cookies are a perfect, sweet way to celebrate this important holiday. Share a plate of Shortbread Day of the Dead cookies with your family, and get in on the fun.

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  • Heat oven to 325°F.
  • Combine 2 cups flour and baking soda. Beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
  • Reserve 1/3 cup dough. Shape remaining dough into 42 (1-inch balls); place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets.
  • Mix reserved dough with remaining flour; divide into 42 small pieces, using about 1/4 tsp. for each. Divide each piece into thirds; roll 1 piece into ball, then roll each of the remaining 2 pieces into 2-inch-long strip. Place 2 strips in "x" shape on top of each dough ball on baking sheets. Add small ball of dough to center of each "x."
  • Bake 20 min. or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Meanwhile, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.
  • Roll warm cookies, 1 at a time, in cinnamon mixture until evenly coated; place on wire racks. Cool completely.

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You'll know it's a special occasion when you get to enjoy a serving of these delicious cookies.

Make Ahead

This cookie dough can be prepared in advance. Refrigerate up to 1 week ahead before using as directed.

Food Facts

Day of the Dead is celebrated across Mexico with multiple celebrations throughout the day. Serving "Day of the Dead Bread" is a must on this day. These delicious buttery cookies resemble "pan de muerto" or the "bread of the dead."


  • 21 servings, 2 cookies each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 21 servings, 2 cookies each
Calories 170
Total fat 10g
Saturated fat 6g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 115mg
Carbohydrate 18g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 10 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 0 %DV
Iron 4 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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