This Mardi Gras Mask Cookies Tutorial is courtesy of our contributor Amy of BZ Bees Sweet Treats…Get your beads ready – it’s almost time for Mardi Gras! These feathered mask cookies would be the perfect touch for a festive Fat Tuesday celebration.
I used this mask cutter from Truly Mad Plastics, but you can use any similarly shaped cutter for this project.
Mardi Gras Mask Cookies Supplies:
- edible ink marker
- black piping icing (PME tip 1.5 or Wilton tip 1)
- black 20 second icing
- purple, green and or deep yellow/gold 20 second icing
- fondant and silicone feather mold
- gold airbrush spray or Wilton Color Mist
Start by outlining the eye holes on your mask with an edible ink marker. I like to draw out my shapes first so I can get them as symmetrical as possible.
Once you’re satisfied with the shape, trace along the outline with your black piping consistency icing.
Immediately fill in the area with black 20 sec consistency icing. Allow your cookies to dry about an hour before moving on.
Mardi Gras is typically represented by three colors – purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. I made one mask in each color.
Outline the remainder of your cookie and around the black eye holes with your choice of icing color. Fill in and smooth your icing giving your cookie a gentle shake to help any points settle.
Allow the masks to dry completely before adding any details.
While your masks are dying, start making the feather accents. I used the two largest sections of this mold, and plain white Satin Ice fondant which I later airbrushed gold. You can use pre-colored fondant, or even color your own with a small drop of gel food color (be sure to where gloves while kneading the color into the fondant or you’ll end up with technicolor hands).
Fondant can quickly become brittle and dry when exposed to air. Work with a small piece at a time, keeping the rest sealed in the container or plastic wrap until you’re ready to use it.
Roll a marble sized piece of fondant in your palms to make it pliable. You can also microwave it for a few seconds if the fondant is especially tough. Gently press your fondant into the desired feather cavity, working until it fills the entire cavity and is flush with the mold. If you use too little, the accent will be thin and easily tear. If its too thick, you’ll be have an excess border around the feather once you remove it.
Bend the silicone until the fondant starts to pop up and pull away from the mold. Gently slip your finger underneath the edge and peel back the remainder of the feather. Set aside on a sheet of wax paper or paper towel to dry.
Once the fondant is completely dry, I airbrushed with Amerimist gold sheen. You could also spray with Wilton color mist, or use pre-colored fondant in your desired shade.
While your feather accents are drying, add details to the masks using black piping icing. I wanted a lace effect, so I outlined each eye hole with scallops. Next I added a dot of icing between each scallop. Feel free to embellish the masks however you like – stripes, swirls or diamonds would also look fantastic!
Once the piped details are dry, add a small dab of black piping icing to the underside of your feather. Immediately adhere to the corner of your cookie mask. Repeat with a second feather.
Grab a slice of king cake and get ready to party!
We’d like to extend a big THANK YOU to Amy for sharing these fun cookies with us. Be sure to follow her on Facebook & Instagram for adorable cookie decorating ideas. You can also order cookies from her! Check out the FAQ section of her website for more information.