Mardi Gras Mask & Fleur de Lis Cookies

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This past weekend and continuing into this week there have been lots of Mardi Gras Parades.  Kayce, the Duchess for the Grand Ball locally here in Natchez, MS asked me to do cookies for her table – Mardi Gras Mask & Fleur de Lis Cookies!

For those of you who were wondering about the 12.5 hours of cookie decorating I mentioned on Facebook… these are the cookies that took me more than 8 hours of non-stop decorating to complete.  And that doesn’t include any baking or cooling time… that was already done!

Combine that with the time it took me to do the hearts & cupcakes cookies I shared yesterday and yes… I worked more than 12 hours that day – just on cookies!

Let me pause a minute and say that I know little-to-nothing about Mardi Gras.  I’ve been around the parades, eaten the King Cakes, and had my share of beads over the years (mostly from my Aunt Louinda who lived in Louisiana for a long time)… but knowing what it’s really all about?  I have no clue!    If I wrongly describe anything in the post – it’s out of ignorance!

So, with my ignorance in hand… these are the cookies I made!

The only other Mardi Gras treats I’ve ever made were the recent mini cupcakes for the Fleur de Lis Cupcakes Display (for the same customer) and the Mardi Gras Cake Pops last year… did you see those?

Kayce asked that the cookies Fleur de Lis cookies be gold or black and gold.  I chose to do solid gold because I still struggle with my black royal icing bleeding!

I didn’t follow any particular design, but really just made each cookie unique.     Before I forget to mention it….  I used this roll-out sugar cookie recipe and this royal icing recipe.

For the masks, she asked that they be the traditional gold, green, and purple colors of Mardi Gras.

While decorating the Fleur de Lis was not a quick job… these ask cookies were probably my biggest challenge of the week!    I know it’s not necessary for me to tell you about all of my failures, but I like to keep it real and I really messed up on these and caused myself a lot of extra work!

See… when I got ready to cut out the sugar cookies to bake these, it never occurred to me because I’m such a dork that I’d need to cut out eye holes.

Of course I had looked at dozens of mask cookies for ideas, like these on Tip Junkie, and I should have realized I needed to cut out the eyes… but alas, I didn’t!

So after I got them out…  and had already covered them all in solid colors of purple, green, and gold royal icing (and they were nearly dry)… then it hit me that I had no eye holes!  Yes… I was in a pickle!

After much brainstorming and talking to Kristen and trying a few different things, I decided to use a small teardrop cutter to cut out “eyes” from really thin white marshmallow fondant.  I placed those on the cookie and then outlined them with royal icing.

I initially tried piping on the eye shape and thought I’d just fill it with white royal icing but that was a baaaad idea… I couldn’t for the life of me pipe two eyes the same shape and size!  Ha!

Anywhoo… let’s just say I’m really glad I baked lots of extra cookies (as I always do!).

Once I got them all done and let them dry overnight, I wrapped them up individually and tied them with a gold satin ribbon!

And if you’re wondering… that was an additional hour and a half of work – not included in the 12+ hours mentioned above… oy!  Talk about a job I underestimated… I really did this time!

Now, I probably sound like I’m griping alot about these cookies.  While yes, they were alot more work than I anticipated, I did learn alot about cookie decorating like maybe I’ll never take another order again and I’m not sorry I took the order!

I’m just kidding about not taking another order… I think.   😉

When all was said and done, I was happy with the final result and I know what I’ll do differently next time around!

Mostly, I shared all these details with you because I want you to know… I do not have it all together.  I fail often and sometimes I just have really bad days… or even really bad weeks!     I’m still learning as I go, but happy to drag you along with me on the journey!

On that note…

Do you have any questions about these cookies?  Please leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer and help out!

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  1. Susan Campbell says

    Learning through trial and error is probably one of the best ways to learn, because then you’re more likely to REMEMBER what you learned. hahaha…I speak from experience. 😉

    They all turned out really nicely. Very festive! The fix for the eye holes was a great idea, and looks great. Think of the plus side, they get more cookie this way than if you cut the eyes out! :)

    Mardi Gras is the last day before Lent begins, so people party it up before giving something up for Lent (from Ash Wednesday to Easter) This year, I’ve decided to give up processed foods, so please pray for me to be diligent with it!

  2. Sonya Blanchard says

    I second Susan what she says learning through trial and error is the best way to learn. The things you do wrong and right stick with you. I’ve come a LONG way from the first cookies I made and I learn something with every batch I bake and decorate.

    Your end result turned out great and I’m sure your client was very pleased.

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