Date: 08 Feb 2015 Author: Jacqui Categories: Cookies, Food, Holiday Specials, Sweets & Treats 0


Every country has its traditional carnival sweets.  In Malta we make Prinjolata, a sweet which is shaped like a dome, made with pine nuts, sponge and Italian Meringue.  A sweet I love, but have not yet attempted to try in a Gluten Free version.  We also make Xkumvat, deep fried strips of sweet dough which are like the Italian Cenci.  Another Italian Carnival sweet are these lovely mask cookies.  I made these last year but I have revised the recipe to include almond flour which gives them an even better taste!  The amounts below make about 6 Carnival mask cookies:


  • 75g of cold butter, diced into little cubes
  • 65g of Rice Flour
  • 60g of Almond Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Xantham Gum
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30g of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 90g of sugar
  • 1 tsp powdered coffee
  • 1 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tbsp milk
  • Few drops of Vanilla Essence
  • Dark Chocolate to decorate
  • Sprinkles or Silver Dragees


Combine the rice and almond flour with the Xantham Gum, cocoa powder and baking powder and mix in also the sugar.  Start making a dough by adding the egg-yolk, followed by the butter and the milk mixed with the vanilla.  Work the dough with your hands, form into a ball, place in a small plastic bag and chill for at least an hour, the longer the better. In the meantime preheat oven to 150C.

Take the dough out, knead again, sprinkling the work top heavily with rice flour to prevent the dough sticking to the work top.  Roll it to about a quarter inch thick and cut out the masks. The dough is a bit delicate so be a bit patient when making the masks.  For smaller cookies it works fine.  I myself made a paper template and used a sharp knife.  Place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for approx 10 to 15 mins.  Let them cool.  They will look soft when you take them out of the oven but will harden when cool.

To decorate, spread melted chocolate on the top part of the masks and sprinkle with coloured sprinkles. For the Glitzy one, cover all the mask with a thin layer of chocolate and then sprinkle silver dragees all over.


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