Sweet Treasure Chests and Dragon Smoke | Hobbit Cookies

I first encountered The Hobbit when I was nine. I remember being deliriously ill with a fever and confined to bed.

My dad, lovely man that he is, came in to read to me and he brought The Hobbit with him. I’m not sure if it was the fever or my Dad’s voice but I remember being immediately enchanted by Middle Earth, drawn at once onto the Dwarves adventure and Bilbo Baggins’ dilemma. Long before the movies came out, I was a Tolkien fan and it was The Hobbit that first captured my interest in his work.

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away
E’re break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

Over the years, I have reread The Hobbit many times. I still think it’s magic. From the first song the dwarves sing – about longing for their home, the great Lonely Mountain – to the great battle of Five Armies and themes of adventure and bravery, kindness and humility, there is much to love about this seemingly innocent children’s book.

Of course, no adventure would be complete without a villain…

You have nice manners for a thief and a liar,’ said the dragon.

The Hobbit – J R R Tolkien

Smaug is a consummate antagonist. Evil and cunning, he cares only for the jewels and treasures he hoards in his mountain home. Seemingly unbeatable, his only weakness is a small chink in the armour of his underbelly that Bilbo fortunately spies and, combined with arrogance, it is ultimately Smaug’s downfall.

With these cookies, I’ve tried to capture the essence of Smaug. With an armour of gold and jewels (in this case, sweet edible confections and gold leaf) he’s ready to devour some unlucky dwarves. Eat him quick before he has a chance.

You can try your hand at these treasure chest cookies if you feel inclined. They’re quite simple – once the ‘chest’ part is dry, just fill with gold coloured icing and sprinkle a mixture of red and gold sanding sugar, silver and gold sprinkles and cachous over the top.

Treasure Chest Cookies

You will need:
Piping icing tinted Gold
Flooding icing tinted Gold
Piping icing tinted Chocolate Brown
Silver and Gold and Pearl sprinkles/cachous
Red and gold sanding sugar

Step 1
Outline and flood the chest area using Number 2 tips

Step 2
Once dry, add the timber details in chocolate brown with a 1.5 tip

Step 3
Once the chest is dry, outline and flood the other section. Immediately sprinkle your edible confections onto the surface. Allow to dry.

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