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Mardi Gras is around the corner and we are celebrating with this super easy Mardi Gras Cookies recipe! Sugar cookies are some of the best cookies there are!

Because when it comes time to celebrate, who doesn’t want to celebrate with a delicious homemade cookie or cupcakes in each hand?

You’re going to not only love the flavor and taste of these cookies but you’re going to love how they look, too!

Super Easy Mardi Gras Cookies Recipe

There’s just something special about the flavor of this frosting and as you see from the directions below, those who are ages 21 and over are certain to appreciate the taste. My secret ingredient that really helps these cookies pack a punch?

The addition of rum to the frosting! (even if it’s just a couple of tablespoons it still adds in a lot of flavors!

What is Mardi Gras?

It’s French for  “Fat Tuesday.” It’s the carnival that leads up to the beginning of Lent when many Christians fast. The name “Fat Tuesday” refers to the practice of consuming all of the food forbidden while fasting during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

It’s believed that Mardi Gras arrived in North America in 1699 when a French-Canadian explorer knowing it was Fat Tuesday back in France, held a small party close to New Orleans. Interesting huh?

Thanks to him we get to celebrate every year with this year falling on February 16. The streets of New Orleans will fill up with people dressed in costume tossing beads in honor of Mardi Gras and at home.

We in Florida celebrate by making super easy mardi gras cookies!

Super Easy Mardi Gras Cookies Recipe

I’m certain that many of you are planning the home celebrations (due to the pandemic) I wanted to send you into the celebration with one treat to celebrate with.

It’s hard to explain these cookies to someone without making them and giving them a bite. I’m sure everyone has heard of rum cake before but adding rum to the frosting might be a whole new ballgame of flavor! (but don’t worry, I’ve added rum to the cookie mix as well because it’s Mardi Gras themed and why not?)

This is one of those super easy cookie recipes that everyone will be coming back to time and time again. Not just because of my added secret ingredient but because these cookies really do have quite an awesome taste and the three colors are supposed to represent justice, faith, and power.

Super Easy Mardi Gras Cookies Recipe

If you’re a fan of hosting and throwing parties, you can easily create these Mardi Gras homemade treats to share with your family and friends. Or, if you’re like me you might just want to make them all for yourself so that you don’t have to share!

One thing I know for sure is that after the cookies have cooled, frosted, and decorated with purple, green, and gold sprinkles, they are gone!

However you decide to whip up a batch of these Mardi Gras treats, you’ll be so happy that you have them on hand. I celebrate with others by enjoying great food and recipes and this cookie recipe is certainly one worth celebrating! So festive and easy peasy!

Super Easy Mardi Gras Cookies Recipe

How about a King Cake next year? The King Cake is another New Orleans tradition with a small plastic baby hidden inside…what? Yup and the person who gets the slice with baby in it has to host the next party.! Neat!!

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras with cookie recipes? Let’s talk in the comments!

Mamacita On The Move

Mardi Gras Cookies Recipe

Mardi Gras Cookies are some of the best cookies there are! Because when it comes time to celebrate, who doesn't want to celebrate with a delicious homemade cookie in each hand? You're going to not only love the flavor and taste of these cookies but you're going to love how they look, too! 
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 32 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Cookies
Calories 160 kcal


  • oven


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line the cookie sheet switch parchment paper
  • Using a standing mixer, beat together the butter, powder sugar, egg, and rum extract until combined 
  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and baking powder until combined 
  • Gradually beat in the dry ingredients into the wet until a dough forms 
  • Using the scooper, scoop out some dough onto the cookie sheet
  • Gently press the dough down into a thick mound
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until light brown around the edge 
  • Allow to cool completely 
  • Using the standing mixer again, beat all frosting ingredients together until smooth and stiff 
  • Scoop some frosting out onto the cookies and gently spread evenly 
  • Decorate the top of the cookies with the sanding sugar sprinkles 
  • Allow the frosting to set before enjoying!


Serving: 1gCalories: 160kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2.5g
Keyword cookies, mardi gras, Mardi Gras Cookies
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