Sunday, September 16, 2012

Halloween Medieval Memento Mori Cookies


Continuing along our Medieval Macabre Halloween Cookie trajectory begun by the "Dance of Death" Cookies, here are some Memento mori cookies.

These cookies are based on various Medieval manuscript images in which skeletons and zombie-like personifications of Death brandish weapons and drag people 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. I like the idea of making Halloween cookies that are elegant and unusual, with a historical element. The Memento mori tradition was not, of course, for Halloween originally; it served as a year-round reminder, but I think it suits well.

I made the cookies with the largest cutter from the R & M Fluted Rectangular Cookie Cutter Set. I piped borders with a #16 star tip. These are on gingerbread, and the dough I used swelled an unpredictably huge amount; with a different dough, or even the same dough rolled thinner, I bet I could have gotten a prettier result. The border was piped in beige icing with a #16 star tip, then gilded with Wilton Pearl Dust in Gold.



The Memento mori 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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