Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cookie Masks for Mardi Gras

We are making cookie masks today for Mardi Gras. I used my favorite cut-out cookie dough recipe, cut down to only make a reasonable amount of cookies. Tomorrow is the beginning of Lent, after all! (recipe below)
Last year we used heart shaped cookies to make our masks and this year, I thought I'd try a couple of others; a headless duck and a party hat.
It takes two cookies to make one mask. Just squish them together in the middle. They might take a little longer to bake than what the recipe calls for.
Once they are cooled, frost and decorate. I found it easier to use the back of a spoon instead of a knife to frost them.
While we all agreed that the different shapes were interesting, the children liked the heart shaped masks best.

Cut-Out Cookie Dough


1/2 C. butter 
3/4 C. sugar 
1 egg 
1/4 Tbl. Vanilla or almond 
1/4 Tbl. butter extract 
1 3/4 C. flour 
1/2 tsp. baking powder 
1/4 tsp. salt


Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and flavorings and mix well. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together. Add to batter and mix well. CHILL 3-4 hours or overnight before using.

Roll cookies out approximately 1/4 inch thick. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes. This dough keeps well in a covered container in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. 

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