Fun & Delicious Day of the Dead Recipes!

Abuelita Champurrado, Day of the Dead recipes

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead Recipes

Recipes and photos provided by NESCAFÉ Café de Olla and NESTLÉ Abuelita.

Vive Cultura con NESTLÉR ABUELITATM y NESCAFÉ Café de Olla LogoDay of the Dead begins on November 1st and to prepare for the holiday, we wanted to share with you a couple of delicious Day of the Dead recipes by NESCAFÉ Café de Olla and NESTLÉ Abuelita, brands that have been part of this celebration for many years.

  • Coffee Abuelatini: classy choice of iced coffee with a special twist;
  • Abuelita Sugar Skull Cookies: delightful substitute to traditional sugar skulls; you can use it to decorate altars or just eat them;
  • Café de Olla Atole: a quick and easy variation on the classic South American beverage;

Coffee Abuelatini

Coffee Abuelatini, Day of the Dead recipes

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Servings: 4


  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 2 teaspoons NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO Pure Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ ABUELITA Chocolate Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur

Fill pitcher or cocktail shaker with hot water and coffee granules; stir until coffee is dissolved. Add milk, Abuelita syrup, vodka and coffee liqueur. Fill with ice cubes. Stir or shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into 4 cocktail (martini) glasses. Serve immediately.

Abuelita Sugar Skull Cookies

Abuelita Sugar Skull Cookies, Day of the Dead recipes

Estimated Times:
Preparation 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 Abuelita 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.
  4. Beat Abuelita mixture and sugar in large mixer bowl. Add egg; beat until combined. Gradually add flour mixture, beating just until blended.
  5. 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. 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. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Café de Olla Atole

Abuelita Champurrado Drink, Day of the Dead recipes

Estimated Times:
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Yield Size: 4
Yield Description: to 6 servings


  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons NESCAFÉ Café de Olla Instant Coffee Beverage Granules
  • 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 fragant atole is wonderful with pan de muertos!

Please enjoy these delicious Day of the Dead recipes and share them with your familia and friends!