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I love when new books come out by my favourite authors and lately I’ve felt very spoilt for choice. I’ve just finished reading The Beast’s Garden, by Kate Forsyth; and it was every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be. Cookies inspired by that wonderful novel are coming up in my next post!
Another book I’m looking forward to is Natasha Lester’s A Kiss From Mr. Fitzgerald. It’s set in New York during the fascinating Belle Époque years. I can’t wait! Natasha is a lovely author I met through doing her wonderful Scrivener course, and she is such a great advocate for writers and authors, always helping to share knowledge and insights that she has gained through years of publishing experience. To prepare myself for her upcoming book, I thought I would read a novel Natasha recommended in her Book Chat series as a great novel set in the 1920s. The book came out last year and it’s called Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.
For this theme, I thought I would try making little ‘flapper’ girl cookies – I had an oval cutter that would make a perfect face, and k thought adding a chic little hat would be a nice addition! Here are the steps, if you’d like to follow me and make your own flapper girl cookies.
You will need:
Oval/egg shape cookie cutter
Piping consistency royal icing tinted Ivory, Mauve, Egg Yellow, Super Red and Super Black (I use Americolour brand).
Flooding consistency royal icing tinted Ivory, mauve
Lustre dust in bronze
Tips 2 and 1.5 (PME brand)
Flood your cookie with ivory icing, slanting at an angle to make room for the hat. Fill in and spread with a toothpick. Set aside to dry a few hours.
Outline and flood the hat using mauve tinted icing. Allow to dry ten minutes.
Pipe a thin black band for the hand band.
Using the 1.5 PME tip, pipe the red lips onto the dried ivory icing. Add the eyes and beauty mark using a 1.5PME tip and black tinted icing.
Use a size 2 tip with yellow-tinted icing to pipe a small scroll or buckle on the hatband.
Using a fine tipped brush, paint the bronze lustre dust onto the ‘buckle’ to give it a shimmering effect.
I hope you have time to read or bake some cookies this week, and do check out Z: a novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.