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Day-of-the-Dead Shortbread Cookies
Day-of-the-Dead Shortbread Cookies

Day-of-the-Dead Shortbread Cookies

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Cook Minutes 1 Hr 30 Min
Prep : 40 Min Cook: 50 Min
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."
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21 Servings
Original recipe yields 21 Servings
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2 cups plus 1 Tbsp. flour, divided
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 pkg. (250 g) Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
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Step 1
Heat oven to 325°F.
Step 2
Combine 2 cups flour and baking soda. Beat cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing well after each addition.
Step 3
Reserve 1/3 cup dough. Shape remaining dough into 42 (1-inch balls); place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets.
Step 4
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 centre of each "x."
Step 5
Bake 20 min. or until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. Meanwhile, combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl.
Step 6
Roll warm cookies, 1 at a time, in cinnamon mixture until evenly coated; place on wire racks. Cool completely.
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This cookie dough can be prepared in advance. Refrigerate up to 1 week ahead before using as directed.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value
Fat 10 g
Saturated fat 6 g
30 %
Cholesterol 30 mg
Sodium 160 mg
7 %
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fibre 0 g
Sugars 9 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A
8 %
Vitamin C
0 %
2 %
4 %
21 servings, 2 cookies (34 g) each
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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