Saturday, March 2, 2013

Shakespeare Plays Cookies

I've wanted to do Shakespeare cookies for a long time—in fact, this is the first of three sets I'm working on. From an early 20th-century illustrated Shakespeare for children, the 18 illustrations were painted by artist Norman M. Price. The comedies and tragedies are well represented; unfortunately, the book doesn't touch upon any of the histories.

Closeup of the Romeo and Juliet and King Lear cookies.

Closeup of the A Midsummer Night's Dream,
As You Like It, and Taming of the Shrew cookies.
I made the cookies with this Rectangular Cookie Cutter (2.375" x 3.5"), which the nice folks at made for me upon request. I used my favorite sugar cookie dough, by Sugarbelle. I piped and flooded the cookies with white Royal Icing and, when it was hard, wafer-papered them and piped a border for them with a #16 star tip using a color I like to think of as "Victorian Parchment" (you know, the exact shade that 19th-century book pages have turned). I made the color using pink and yellow, and added Godiva cocoa. I know I will never be able to duplicate that color, ever again, so I best enjoy it now :D Come Monday, these cookies will go to my good friend, a Shakespeare professor in Tennessee.

The wafer papers are available at my shop.


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