{Baking} Mardi Gras Cookies by Sweetopia!

Speaking of Mardi Gras, Marian from Sweetopia is sharing a fantastic tutorial for Mardi Gras cookies with us! Marian will be guest posting here once a month on The TomKat Studio! We are so lucky to have her and her amazing talent as part of our blog. You can look forward to her fabulous ideas and amazing baking tutorials! Just watch what she does with disco dust....absolutely fantastic!

From Marian:
In the mood for some Mardi Gras sweetness?

These gingerbread cookies covered in royal icing and disco dust are easy to make.

The idea is from p. 26 of Peggy Porschen's book Beautiful Cakes (A must-have book full of gorgeous ideas by the way!).

I've just tailored them to the Mardi Gras color theme and added a few different designs.

  • If you'd like to make these, you'll need a cookie recipe of your choice, such as gingerbread or sugar cookies. I used gingerbread.

  • The cookie cutter is from Coppergifts.com, although you could just use a mask template made of paper. (File folder paper works great!)


You'll also need:


How to Decorate the Cookies:

Once you've made your cookies & made and colored your royal icing, you're ready to decorate:

Step 1: Outline cookie with royal icing using a #2 piping tip.

Step 2: Fill in or flood your cookie using the same piping tip.

Step 3: Fold a small piece of parchment in half so that there's a crease in it. Open it up and lay your cookie on the parchment. Sprinkle disco dust onto the wet icing.

Step 4: Shake excess disco dust from cookie onto parchment. Lift parchment and pour extra disco dust into container. (Try and make less mess than I did! Lol. The crease helps funnel the disco dust, but it's hard to take a picture at the same time!)

Step 5: Brush disco dust off the outer edge of the cookie with a soft bristle paintbrush. (Preferably when the cookie is dry so as to not poke the wet icing with your paintbrush).

Step 6: Pipe dots (size and position your preference) using a #1 piping tip and clear piping gel.

Step 7: Using tweezers, place tiny dragées around the piping gel.

That's it!

There are so many different ways you could decorate these cookies. Have fun decorating yours and happy Mardi Gras!



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  1. Vivian 03/01/2011

    These cookies are fabulous!! I think I'll just be staring at them all day and not being able to eat one at all.

  2. Marian (Sweetopia) 03/01/2011

    Thank you so much for the lovely, lovely comments! I'm so lucky to be contributing to an AMAZING site with WONDERFUL readers!!

    Alison, the piping gel does not harden... it stays soft and sticky, so bagging or stacking these would be difficult. If you'd like to make them and package them in some way, maybe a cute, clear box. (The kinds they sell for wedding favors).

  3. Lisa {With Style and Grace} 03/01/2011

    Oh my sweetness, I love glitter cookies! I think I need to make these :)

  4. Yaneri 03/01/2011

    Oh my goodness, these are so cute! Love Sweetopia!! Everything they make is soooooo pretty. Too pretty to eat thou!!!

  5. Angela Willis 03/01/2011

    GREAT... now I want to make these using cake pop mix... wouldn't they be cute on pop sticks or thin painted dowl rods?! I could see them used at a masquerade ball party! Wouldn't that be fun!?
    And for Marty Gras you could also make the beads.... stringing gumballs painted with disco dust!

    So, fun... thanks for the great ideas!

  6. Jennifer 03/01/2011

    LOVE IT!!!! I immediately went to Coppergifts.com to order this cookie cutter when I noticed that it is just the outline of the mask - no eye holes. Did you cut these out yourself or did you use another cookie cutter for that area? Maybe the mini-football cutter??

    Thank you for the detailed tutorial.


  7. Kathia 03/01/2011

    WOW!! I love these cookies.

  8. Alison 03/01/2011

    Thank you Marian for the prompt reply!
    You're so generous with your cookie knowlege and I am grateful!

  9. Marian (Sweetopia) 03/01/2011

    Thanks for the sweet comments!

    Angela; they would be great cake pops!

    Jennifer; I bought this cutter years ago at CopperGifts.com and it came with a little piece even though it doesn't list that on the site right now.
    I wanted to make sure I was remembering correctly so just called them; she said the mask DOES come with the 'eye' cookie cutter and she's going to change the description on the site to include that info.
    I'll bet a little foot ball would work too though - ;-) Great idea!

  10. Kimmie 03/01/2011

    I love, love, love Marian from Sweetopia, she is the best cookie decorator going! Thanks so much!

  11. Nani 03/02/2011

    Beautiful cookies!! I love disco dust, but i can't find it in my country (Chile), just wilton cake sparkles.. :(

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    I love what she does!!! Great tutorial, thats' right!!

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  21. Jen 01/30/2012

    I just read an article that said while disco dust is non-toxic is not not meant to be eaten rather used for decoration on gum paste or fondant. What is your experience? I really do like the glitter effect but I don't want go through all the work and then they can't be eaten. Thanks.

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    These are awesome. Love the sparkly. I will have to try these, what a great display it would be on your dessert table.

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    You are AMAZING, WONDERFUL . Thank you for your kindness and share with us .

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    These cookies are beautiful! I love your website. Thank you for sharing your creative ideas.


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