The Freshman Cook: Mardi Gras Thumbprint Cookies!

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 Mardi Gras is coming up on Tuesday, March 4, and since I love a party, and I assume you do too, I made some Mardi Gras Thumbprint Cookies to celebrate!!         

 Let the fun begin!!!

Mardi Gras Thumbprint Cookies

(makes 7 dozen)

1 cup Butter

1 cup Powdered Sugar

1 cup Granulated Sugar

2 Eggs

1 cup Vegetable Oil

2 teaspoons Vanilla

1 tablespoon Lemon Juice

5 1/4 cup Flour

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

pinch of Salt

Superfine Granulated Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat your butter on medium until it is fluffy.

Add both sugars and beat well.

Add your eggs, oil, vanilla and lemon juice.

Beat until blended.

In a separate bowl, mix together your flour,
cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the egg mix and beat until blended.

You want to shape your dough in to 1″ balls.

Take a small scoop and scoop the balls onto 

parchment  paper on a baking sheet.
Then pick up each scoop and round it into a small ball.

If you are thinking of skipping this step~you can.

But the difference is seen in the above picture.

The baked cookies on the left were not rolled into the ball,

the ones on the right were. The ones on the left are not

 as pretty, but they might work for certain situations.

 It takes a little longer to form the balls, but the end result is worth it!

Bake your cookies for 9-11 minutes.

They will not brown, except for a little bit on the bottom.

Then use something to make a circle in the middle 

of the cookie, as soon as it is out of the oven.

I used a pestle this time, but I have also used, a spoon,

my thumb, a rounded teaspoon, and several others.

Let the cookies completely cool.

I made purple, green, and gold frosting.

I don’t know why it looks blue in the pictures.

 I love this recipe, and I use it all the time:

Antonia74 Royal Icing

6 ounces Warm Water

5 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 pounds Confectioners Sugar

Combine the water and the meringue powder in a mixing bowl,

by whisking together for 30 seconds.

Add the Cream of Tartar, and whisk together for 30 seconds again.

Pour all the confectioners sugar into the bowl.

Mix on low for 10 minutes.

This frosting gets dry quickly, so keep it covered.

I used a Wilton #5 to fill the cookies. I set up 3 bags 

each one having either green, gold, or purple in it.

 You could use a spoon,or even a larger tip. 

Fill the cookies with your colors.

Once your cookies are filled, change the tips on your bags

to a #2. Then decorate all the cookies with squiggles like above.

(Yes, I believe squiggles is a technical cookie decorating term.)

Then go back over the first squiggle, using another of the colors

in the opposite direction.

Finally squiggle your third color in yet another direction.

Add your superfine sugar to the top of your cookies.

Enjoy your cookies and

Have a wild and crazy Mardi Gras!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here are some other cookies you might enjoy:

Valentine Sugar Cookies
Birthday Cake Cookies
Strawberries and Cream Cookies

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