Mardi Gras may have come and went but I suppose there are lots of times when you'd want mask cookies so I figured I'd show you how I cut the cookie masks I made last week. The cool thing about cutting these shapes though is that you could use them for all sorts of cookies. Many of the cookies end up looking like intricate birds or butterflies.
For this Venetian style mask I used a flying heart cutter. The "trick" is just cutting the shape then simply rotating the cutter and cutting again. I cut out the eye holes with a basic leaf cutter but that's completely optional.
For this larger mask I used just a basic heart and then cut the bottom with a knife. All the cut lines left in the cookie after it baked were actually quite useful here as guides for the piping.
I got a little carried away making mask shapes. I couldn't make them all into cookies so I thought I'd show you some of them digitally. Any symmetrical cutter in your bin will make an interesting and intricate mask. Even basic shapes work really well for making complex shapes.
Cutters with lots of pointy edges like leaves, trees, holly, bats, werewolf heads...make really cool masks. You may need to trim a stem or trunk here or there but you get some great shapes!
Any symmetrical cutter, regardless of what it was "supposed" to be will give you something interesting when you double it up.
And of course depending on how you turn the cutters you get a totally different shape.
As you can see I totally got carried away with this idea and I hope you can use it some time too! I love how intricate the cookies look but how crazy easy they are to cut!