3 Easy recipes to honor the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos

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Coffee Martini recipe for Day of the Dead or Dia de los MuertosThe Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos as it is called in Mexico is quickly approaching. On November 1, our Hispanic culture remembers those loved ones that have passed away on this special day.  It is customary to make sugar skulls (calaveras), chocolate skulls or even use a paper plate to make your own calaverita, like the craft I showed on  Despierta América. Michael’s has a great line of crafts for the Day of the Dead o Día de los Muertos created by Kathy Cano Murillo (Crafty Chica), which I highly recommend.

If you’re looking for typical food, here are 3 recipes that are super easy so you can honor your loved ones while enjoying a special treat for the Day of the Dead. You can also find the recipe for the traditional Pan de Muertos here.

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Recipe: Coffee Martini for Dia de los Muertos

Prep Time: 5 mins

Servings: 4 Martini glasses


  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee like NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur


  1. Fill pitcher or cocktail shaker with hot water and coffee granules; stir until coffee is dissolved.
  2. Add milk, chocolate syrup, vodka, and coffee liqueur.
  3. Fill with ice cubes.
  4. Stir or shake for 10 to 15 seconds.
  5. Strain into 4 Martini glasses. Serve immediately.

Sugar Skull Cookies or calaveritas recipe for the Day of the Dead

Sugar skull cookies for Day of the Dead

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 13 mins

Standing Time: 20 mins

Servings: 24


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 tablets (90 grams each) NESTLÉ ABUELITA Chocolate
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 individual boxes WONKA SweeTARTS Skulls N’ Bones (found in WONKA Monster Treats assorted candy bag)


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Place butter and chocolate in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until completely melted and smooth; let cool for 10 minutes.
    Beat chocolate mixture and sugar in large mixer bowl. Add egg; beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended.
  4. Shape rounded tablespoon of dough into ball. Flatten ball into a disk and shape into a skull by pinching sides of bottom quarter of dough. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until golden around edges. Immediately press Skulls N’ Bones onto cookies to form eyes and mouth.
  7. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Café de Olla Atole recipe Cafe de Olla for Day of the Dead

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins

Yield Size: 4

Yield Description: up to 6 servings



  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee like NESCAFÉ Café de Olla 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish



  1. Combine milk and cornstarch in medium saucepan and whisk until combined.
  2. Add sugar and coffee granules; cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for about 15 minutes or until thickened (do not boil).
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
  4. Serve warm and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Serving Suggestions: This fragrant atole is wonderful with pan de muertos.

Learn how to make sugar skull cookies or calaveritas for the day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos with this yummy recipe

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