Monday, September 10, 2012

Halloween Dance of Death Cookies

Ordinarily, I'd wait until Halloween to make ghoulish cookies; but, I thought I'd make some ahead of time, so that those of you who are clamoring to buy Halloween wafer papers can do so in plenty of time and can make your own macabre masterpieces.

These cookies are based on a Medieval manuscript, which has gorgeous roundels depicting the "Dance of Death"; images in which skeletons haul away persons of various estates to the grave. They are part of a Medieval Memento mori tradition (literally: "Remember, thou shalt die") which served to remind the living that they, too, would die, so it was best to amend one's ways now, before facing Judgment. Creepy & cool. I liked the idea of making Halloween cookies that were elegant and unusual, with a historical element. The Danse macabre was not, of course, for Halloween originally; it was a year-round reminder, but I think it suits well.

The cookies were made with a 2.5" round fluted-edge cookie cutter from the Fox Run 6-Piece Plain and Crinkled Double Sided Biscuit Cutter Set. These are on sugar cookies, but I think, for Halloween proper, I'll make them on gingerbread. The border was piped in beige icing with a #16 star tip, then gilded with Wilton Pearl Dust in Gold.

The Dance of Death wafer papers are available for purchase here.
A step-by-step how-to for decorating cookies with wafer papers can be found here.


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