Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras Carnevale Cookies

Today is Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French, Martedì Grasso in Italian) or Carnevale ('Meat, Farewell!') in Catholic countries. It is the last day before Lent begins—during the 40 days of Lent, leading up to Easter, rich foods were to be shunned, so, on the night before, a party would be thrown to consume all the rich foods (meat, dairy, sugar, &c). In the spirit of the day, have a rich cookie :)

For the cookies, I used the middle cutter (2"x3" rectangle) from the Ateco 3-Piece Rectangular Cookie Cutter Set available through Amazon. I piped a beige border with a #16 star tip, then gilded it with Wilton Pearl Dust in Gold.

The 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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