Monday, February 27, 2017

Cookie Crumbs: Let the good times roll with Mardi Gras cookies

We Energies Cookie Book recipes are perfect for celebrations of all kinds. No matter the occasion, you’ll find a recipe that’s just right.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler” (or, “let the good times roll”) with these New Orleans Mardi Gras Cookies. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, marks the start of Lent and the time to reduce your indulgences, so we suggest making these fun and festive cookies now.

These cookies were featured in the 2015 We Energies Cookie Book. Called the Holidays Across America edition, the 2015 book featured recipes from friends and family throughout the United States who had special connections to Wisconsin.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1-1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon, divided

3 egg yolks

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Gold, green and purple sprinkles, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In mixing bowl, cream butter, 1 cup sugar and 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Add egg yolks, honey and extracts; mix well. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing well. In shallow bowl, combine remaining sugar and cinnamon. Shape rounded tablespoons of dough into logs; roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Loosely coil into spiral shapes. Place 1-inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on wire cooling racks. Drizzle cooled cookies with Icing; decorate with sprinkles, if desired. (Note: cookies may be decorated with sprinkles before baking, if desired.) Makes about 3 dozen.


2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup warm water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

In medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, water, vanilla and lemon juice until smooth.

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