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Topic: Greats of Russian literature rendered in gingerbread  (Read 16429 times)
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Woolylogic
« on: February 10, 2009 02:36:18 AM »

Hello! Just thought I’d share some pictures of these cookies I made for my Russian lit teacher before winter break last year. I haven’t posted here before, so let’s see if I can get these pictures to come up properly.

This is Turgenev



And this is Dostoyevsky (my favorite of both the authors and the cookies)


Here is Tolstoy


And Gogol who sadly didn’t come out very well, he ended up looking a bit Shakespearean….


The gingerbread recipe is a pretty standard one that I’ve used for a long time; I think it’s from one of my mother’s Martha Stewart cook books and same with the icing. If anyone’s interested I could find out exactly where it’s from, all it takes is a call home after all.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009 02:44:32 AM »

LOVE THEM! Bet the teacher was chuffed to get them Cheesy I would love to see a gingerbread Mayakovsky in the future - I might have to make one myself!
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009 03:15:42 AM »

Wow, they are so beautiful and so funny, well done! You really have a talent there Smiley !
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009 03:46:31 AM »

Great job! I saw this on the newest projects and was in amazement when I realized they were cookies!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009 04:19:11 AM »

Awesome! I fully approve of history-related baking Wink
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009 04:33:38 AM »

Those are very cool! Good job Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009 07:18:10 AM »

Excellent baking.  Very characteristic and very cool.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009 07:33:50 AM »

Your teacher must have loved these! They're excellent.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009 09:06:14 AM »

Awesome job!!! Smiley Smiley Dostoyevsky's beard looks yummy!
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009 12:07:48 PM »

Dostoyevsky's beard looks yummy!


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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009 01:57:05 PM »

WOW!
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009 05:09:45 PM »

Thanks everyone! I think my teacher did like them, he made me send him pictures of them before he’d take them home and eat them (which turns out to have been lucky or I wouldn’t have had any pictures to post).

I’ve gotten pretty into the custom gingerbread cookies, not only are they a good gift, but they’re an entertaining group activity. Of course I’m not artistically talented enough to just freehand the cookies so I do a simple line drawing first and then transfer that onto the dough which means that I can use any simple line drawing I like. What I did with my some of my more artistically minded friends this year was to have them each make one or two drawings that they wanted to have cookie-ized and then I used their drawings to make a few cookies for each of them. In the end everyone got some cool cookies and got to swap them around with each other I think we all had a good time. Now I wish I’d taken pictures…

For my two year old niece I made some cookies that looked like her favorite picture book characters. My favorites were Russell the Sheep and this hedgehog from a book called One Winter’s Day, does anyone know those? They’re adorable. Next time I’m definitely going to document things better.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009 05:56:43 PM »

What an original yummy project!
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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2009 09:56:05 AM »

Now I really want to make Lermentov cupcakes. Well done. I never knew my literary heroes could be so delicious.
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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2009 01:20:22 PM »

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2009 04:51:32 PM »

Having literally just finished Crime and Punishment yesterday, I think a Dostoevsky cookie is in line.  Such a great idea!
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2009 08:14:01 PM »

Wow these are so cool!! Thanks for the info on your process.

I would love to see the Russell the Sheep cookie! That's one of my tyke's favorite books!

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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2009 11:44:08 PM »

These are absolutely WONDERFUL!
I have trouble icing cookies in a circle with a knife and looking neat.. you really out did youself!
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« Reply #18 on: February 21, 2009 01:33:45 PM »

Some heavy, heavy cookies Smiley

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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2009 04:29:37 PM »

Ooooh, love 'em!
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« Reply #20 on: March 05, 2009 10:55:20 PM »

I absolutely adore Russian literature with a passion.  I love Gingerbread cookies.  I wish I was your Russian Lit teacher. Smiley I can't even think of a better gift except an autographed copy of Anna Karenina.

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« Reply #21 on: March 09, 2009 02:57:01 PM »

I'm sending this to all my friends who are English majors.  You have no idea what you've just inspired!
GOOD JOB!!!    Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: March 09, 2009 11:35:02 PM »

Oh, wow, that is pretty awesome! I think I'll have to try that (or something similar) sometime!
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« Reply #23 on: March 12, 2009 01:18:46 PM »

Wow, you did an amazing job!!!
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« Reply #24 on: March 13, 2009 06:29:27 PM »

really cool
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« Reply #25 on: March 20, 2009 03:56:17 PM »

Those look fabulous and yummy! I might try my hand at author shaped gingerbread.
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« Reply #26 on: April 01, 2009 01:22:44 AM »

Those are beautiful!  I don't think I would be able to draw near that well with pen and paper let alone as icing on a cookie.   Shocked
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« Reply #27 on: December 09, 2009 07:12:41 PM »

I know it's been a while since this was posted, but would it be the Martha Stewart recipe with black pepper in it? If so, I believe it's on her website.  Great cookies, by the way. I can still remember how to say "Crime and Punishment" in Russian. Haven't read the book, can't remember how to spell it, but I remember the words. Cheesy  (I last took Russian in 1992.)
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