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Masquerade Ball

Black blue and white masquerade mask suitable to wear with glasses

{ Masquerade ball—-verb (used without object)  to go under false pretenses or a false character; assume another identity. }


          ————BLACK & WHITE COOKIES  by Firefly Blog

Ingredients for cookies:

Snowflake Princess 

2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks butter, room temperature

1 3/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs

1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients for the icing:

Black & White Martini Gl./2

1/3 cup boiling water
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

2010 Black & White Costco Masquerade Ball Cake


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

black and white masquerade ball wedding

In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cake flour, all-purpose flour and baking powder, set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Then beat in the milk and vanilla. Gradually, beat the dry ingredients into the wet.

Pearl White Masquerade

Drop tablespoonfuls of the cookie batter onto parchment paper lined sheet pans, 2-inches apart. Bake for approximately 25 minutes until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown..

Meanwhile, make the icing. In a large mixing bowl, stir the boiling water into the confectioners sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until the mixture is spreadable but still thick. Transfer half of the icing to another mixing bowl and stir in the melted chocolate.

When the cookies are done let them cool completely. Spread half of the flat side (baked side down) of the cookies with white icing and the other half with the chocolate icing.

Flattering black and white formal dress

Let the cookies dry and harden completely.

           ENJOY, My Darlings!!!

Black blue and white masquerade mask suitable to wear with glasses

 —Readers,  what is the best party you’ve ever been invited to?

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  • Reply
    July 26, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Each year in college, a fraternity would host a “tacky sweater party.” We would go to a thrift store in town and find the ugliest sweaters that we could possibly find. I thought that was such a fun party theme!
    I have never been to a masquerade ball, I really want to some day!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

      OMG, A “Tacky Sweater Party.”
      I’d love to go to one of those. The thrift stores ard overflowing w/ UGLY sweaters.

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    July 26, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I’ve been to a lot of great parties, hard to pick which was the best.

    I’d probably eat an entire batch of these cookies! Thank you for sharing the recipe! What a great gift a batch of these would make!

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

      I know, Irene.
      And they look so elegant …
      Perfect for a Masquerade Ball~ xx

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    July 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Girl you have a way of presenting something as innocent as a cookie look sexy chic. I like your style.

    I once attended a gender bending party. Guys dressed like girls and vice versa. I had a hard time flattening my boobs … but I wore a suit, drew on a mustache and drank to my liver’s discontent. It was a blast.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Gender Bending!
      I love that! WOooooooW.
      I bet you were sooooooooooooooo Cute, L. 🙂

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      Beverly Diehl
      July 26, 2011 at 10:43 am

      Commenting here as I need to second lafemmeroar’s motion of your making cookies look sexy. Wow. [fanning self]Never would have thought of icing the BAKED side of the cookie, either. Golly, that prolly works SO much better.

      Plus, love the gender-bending party. I may need to use that in something I write.

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        Kim Sisto-Robinson
        July 26, 2011 at 11:02 am

        thanks for popping in via lafemmeroar.
        Yes, those cookies are a bit sexy, aren’t they.
        I shoud feed them … No change that….
        have hubby feed them to me in bed! HA xxx

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    Vidya Sury, Reader ;-)
    July 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I haven’t been to many parties – but one of the best I attended was my own – 😀 almost a couple of decades ago. I got home late from work, afraid Mom would blow a blood vessel because I was late – only to find our home quiet and in darkness.

    Apprehensive (and scared) I rang the doorbell. After about three rings, the door opened, and a few seconds later, before my nose could pick up various smells (cooking, people), the lights came on and it was like a kiddy party in progress. Our house was full of friends (and friends of friends) – Mom was busy cooking in the kitchen. I got shoved into the bathroom to shower and change and join the gang. My best friend had baked a huge cake with millions of candles on it, crazy woman and also strung up colorful streamers and weird decorations on the walls. Oh, we had a fabulous time.

    You know, even today, I don’t really remember the details – although I do remember people started leaving a little after midnight – and I woke up on the floor the next morning, with my friend on my bed. 🙂 I was officially 28. Mom, of course, was up as usual at 6 am and ready to greet us with our special strong filter coffee. (sniff, sniff)

    Love the masks here.

    Hugs, Vidya

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

      ohhhhhhhhhhh, Vidya,
      I wish I would have been at your party! Fun. Fun. Food. Conversation.
      your Mama sounds Awesome 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Mercy Adhiambo Orengo
    July 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Wow, so pretty and cuuuute.

    Love you more than I love chocolates

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 9:58 am

      —Dear Africa,
      I love you more than Hot Chocolate in Marshmellowwwwwwwws. xxx

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    July 26, 2011 at 9:50 am

    You really should write a cookbook along these lines – it’s not something that’s been done. I agree with lafemmeroar… You have such an artistic way about you..

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

      Distractions. Art. Poetry. Blogs. God. Food. Recipes. Chocolate.
      —-They have all Saved me.
      xxxxx Big Kiss.

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    July 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

    What a sexy way to dish out a recipe and best all, chocolate is an ingredient!

    Hugs to you, from Hotlanta!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

      —–Hey Tots,
      Hugzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz from MN. back to Ya.

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    July 26, 2011 at 10:39 am

    My LIFE is a masquerade party!!!! I LOVE your pictures almost as much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU my WonDerFul FRIEND!!!!!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

      WHY didn’t you tell me you were blogging on SKIRT?
      I can’t believe it! I love it. I was absoluely surprised & excited.
      WHY didn’t I know this? Why didn’t you tell meeeeeeeeeeeee?
      I can’t wait to read your blogs.
      WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY didn’t you tell me you were doing this, girl.
      I would have supported you on this.
      Love love love you.
      Me. xx

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        July 26, 2011 at 11:36 am

        You have already done SO much for ME!!! You beleived in me without even KNOWING me!!! You will ALWAYS be held so CLOSE to my heart!!! You gave me the courage to write (spelling errors, gramma fubars and ALL) and taught me to write for me and HOPE others enjoy it!!!


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          Kim Sisto-Robinson
          July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm

          You R amazing.
          So glad we were brought together by WORDs, But also, by Pain.
          xxxx Kiss

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    July 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Those cookies look/sound delicious. Very cool to see all the pictures in between the ingredients.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

      thanks for popping into my crazy world.
      Don’t the cookies look DeLish? xx

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    July 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    When are you going to talk about sports?

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

      I know who you are and i shall come kiss you to death, My Brit xxxxxxxxx
      NEVER SPORTS…. Except perhaps, if Beckham is in the photo.
      I luv U.

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    July 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    These are wonderful! I read your blog earlier today when I got my email – then went to bed with a headache….I wanted to sit and look at it again before replying. I absolutely LOVE the way you do color & coordinated pictures in between the directions. I agree with the previous poster – a cookbook like this would be amazing!

    I’ve attended a few parties that were fun. The most fun was a bring your own steak to grill and there was a baked potato and salad bar. It was mostly the people that were fun.

    The most fun I’ve had hosting a party was Christmas in July. I literally took down ALL my Christmas decorations and decorated the house, baked a TON of goodies & appetizers and we had a Christmas cocktail party! Turned the A/C WAY down and everyone wore Christmas sweaters. We had a blast…but it was more cocktail – than party.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      I agree, It’s the people at the party that truly matter.
      If they are DUDS, well then, the party will be a dud, too.
      I love the idea of Christmas is July. Absolutely Cool.
      And of course, a baked potato bar is making my ass even larger….as I drool. xx

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    July 26, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Hello Dalink! I LOVE your color posts; the always astound and amaze me. They take me away from a mundane day. Best party? A Christmas party at the country club the first year we were married (dress up, too). He didn’t know how to dance and wanted so badly to be able to dance with me. He prayed and asked God to help him; we slow-danced the night away. It was so romantic. He did so good but knowing what he’d done melted my heart.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm

      I love how you always have ALPHA on your brain.
      You inspire all of us to have better marriages 🙂
      So sweet…. xxx

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    Blond Duck
    July 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve got my gown and shoes. When do I show up?

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      —-I’ll send you an invitation, BD.
      Why am I not surprised that you already have the gown & the shoes?!! xx

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    Theresa Sonoda
    July 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Lovely Kim….you have such style. Even your recipes are sexy. Your post was a feast for the eyes.
    My favorite kinds of parties are the ones with a few good friends, say at a dinner party or BBQ. Oh I used to enjoy the big parties where I had to dress to the nines, but that was then. Now I’m just into my dear friends.
    (Of course, everyone knows there’s a party Wherever I am! LOLOL)


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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      You would Definitely make a party BETTER, Girlfriend 🙂 XXX Hugzzzzz back.

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    July 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    LOVED the pics girl. Can’t eat the cookies but I sure enjoyed looking at all the cool photo’s. CCC power! 🙂

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 26, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Why can’t you eat the cookies with your EYES?
      And then bake some 4 your ass? 🙂 xxxx

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        July 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm

        Kim, you are crackin’ me up. I am tryin’ to lose my ass, girl. I can’t blow it now! 😀

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          Kim Sisto-Robinson
          July 26, 2011 at 8:16 pm

          just read your blog…I understand about the cookies now. WOW, Good forf you for losin’ all that weight. XXXX Keep it up!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

    Kim I always love how you really carry a theme through to the very end! Wonderful job and you are SO creative! xxx

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 7:34 am

      Dear L,
      I think it may have been you that taught me that!
      And I also try to end my blogs with a question.
      I love that you do that.
      Thanks for inspiring 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    July 27, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Kim, what a fun post – love the recipe and all the masks – sadly, I ain’t been invited to anything unique.
    🙂 Mandy

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

      Perhaps you can host a Cool Party yourself! 🙂
      Hope you’re all settled in your new home. xxx

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    July 27, 2011 at 8:04 am

    I would love to go to a masquerade ball, sadly we don’t get invited to too many fancy events. Those cookies sound delicious! I might have to give them a try!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 8:41 am

      I’ve not been to a Masquerade Ball either, but I’d love to attend one,
      Or perhaps, host one.
      Yeah, the cookies are devine. 🙂

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    Yankee Girl
    July 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I was once invited to a masquerade by someone I loath, so I chose not to go. But I have been to a couple of other cool parties, such as a Roast, which was a blast, especially since the person we were roasting was such a great sport.

    And I recently went to an ascot party. We all got dressed up and wore ascots, drank martinis and acting as pretentious as possible. It was easily one of the best parties I have ever been to.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 9:04 am

      —Yankee Girl,
      Any party where one can drink Martinis is the party I am going to.
      What is an Ascot Party? Whatever it is, it sounds interesting. xx

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    Alison@Mama Wants This
    July 27, 2011 at 8:49 am

    OK, now I want to go to a masquerade ball!!

    I haven’t been to a party in AGES so I can’t recall one that I enjoyed – isn’t that lame? Time to get out more?

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 9:00 am

      When one has little children…going out is quite the chore! 🙂
      Perhaps you need a date night !! xx

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    July 27, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Kim, Those cookies look good to me (yummy) My favorite party was the surprise party that Mom put on
    for my 25th birthday. Fun, Fun, Fun. By the way my favorite sundae is hot fudge marshmellow.
    Love You More Than That

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

      —I love you more than all the drizzling chocolate in the entire world 🙂 xxxxxx

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    Adriana Iris
    July 27, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I have been to many masquerades and they are fun… best party? a white party i hosted 2 years ago.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      —A White Party sounds quite interesting.
      What is that? All white decor and gowns? WOW. xxx

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    Blond Duck
    July 27, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Happy Wednesday!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      —-Back to you BD. xxx

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    Unknown Mami
    July 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I’ll go to any party to eat cookies like that.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      you sound like my kinda gal 🙂 xxx

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    Wild Child Mama
    July 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I seriously love this theme. Something so fun and naughty about it. Sneaky and sexy. I bet those cookies are yummy too;)

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      –Wild Mama,
      Whenever I think of a Masquerade Ball–
      for some reason I think of the rebellious lovely Anais Nin.
      And those cookies look deLish! Don’t they?
      xxxxxxxx Kiss for you, Mama.

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    July 29, 2011 at 7:01 am

    WOW. Loved this. The pictures are beautiful.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 29, 2011 at 7:51 am

      I do, too 🙂 xxx Thanks for popping in, Brett.

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    July 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I wish I’d been to a fabulous party like these. Maybe I’ll have to settle for some delicious black and white cookies.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Make Some! I’ll bet they’d be the BEST ever!!! 🙂
      I’ll be waiting for you to send me a batch. xx

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