dia de los muertos calavera piñata cookies
ok. These are kind of insane but they were a huge hit at a Cinco de Mayo party some years back, and I think they would be fun for Dia de los Muertos too. I adapted the idea from this.
I used a shortbread recipe instead, and it was literally impossible to "stack" the colors so I swirled them, which made them look really psychedelic. The trick is to make a center cookie that has a hole cut in it to hold the candy. Then you glue the "hole" cookie to a base cookie, then top it with a third cookie as the lid.
One criticism of this whole idea: it's kind of way too much cookie for one person and your guests may end up in a food coma somewhere instead of enjoying your party.
I think this idea might be a better one, and who doesn't need a skull-shaped cake pan?