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You can be anyone once you place a mask on

I have a friend/client who every year hosts a Mardi Gras Party; this year she wanted a change to refresh the party, and asked Sydney and I if we could put a few ideas together. The Phantom of the Opera was both mine and Sydney’s first thought, and we began discussing an array of ideas. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of  the Opera has magical mystic to his operatic play; that leaves a lasting impression to the audience. We started envisioning a party in which the guests would have a similar experience.

Sydney and I began designing invitations that were shaped like masks and Sydney thought mask sugar cookies would be brilliant “name places.” Now we just needed to explain to our client/friend. I was a little apprehensive she might think we went in a completely separate direction from what she was envisioning, but she loved the idea. Whew a breathe of relief! Now the party is a little more than three weeks away. Sydney and I decided to prepare a “test run” of the Almond Mask Sugar cookies.

Mardi Gras Masks: ” Masquerade Paper Faces on Parade:”

  •  1-recipe for royal icing
  • food color paste
  • paper cones
  • decorative tubes
  • wooden dowels
  • art brushes
  • mini spatulas
  • 59 gram of water to add to base as needed with 1/2-teaspoon
Prepare your mise en place.

Allow the egg whites to become room temperature for about 1-hour before starting

In the bowl of your standing mixer sift the cream of tartar and icing sugar.

I have found sifting twice works best

Add the egg whites to the icing sugar mixture and stir by hand for about 30 seconds.

The amount of egg whites varies; you want the  icing sugar to be wet and sit lumpy

Place the bowl to your standing mixer with the whisk attachment, starting on low ( so you do not end up wearing the icing sugar) gradually increase the speed to medium high for about 2 1/2 minutes. Till the royal icing is thick, and resembles a thick piping texture . Once the icing sugar is thick stop the mixer, as to not add too much excess air.

Add the almond extract during the last 30 seconds.

Now for the fun decorating!

Keep the icing sugar covered when your not using it

Decorating the masks:

Out line the cookies with the same color you want the inside color to be. The royal icing for outlining should stretch without breaking the line. Using a paper cone filled 3/4 of the way (close the cone by folding left side down, top over the left side, and finally the other side). Squeeze with even pressure and outline the cookie’s shape, once the outline is dry fill in the center of the cookies, and allow the filling to completely dry. We chose to add Royal Icing piped pansies to the masks shown.

The trial run was a complete success my client loved the look of the cookies and the invitations, and we have the opportunity to tweak the decorations since her event is not until February 18th. Mardi Gras is February 21.

“Masquerade! Paper faces on parade. Masquerade! Hide your face so the world will never find you. Masquerade!  Every face a different shade. Masquerade! Look around, there’s another mask behind you.”

Voila!

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