(Warning: In this blog post I will be embracing my inner geek. Please try to keep the eye-rolling to a minimum.) If you been to the movies this summer you have probably seen the trailer to The Hobbit, the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. If not, I highly recommend you check out the clip below.
Pretty cool, right? The Hobbit movie doesn’t come out until December and talking about it may seem too early. However, after seeing the trailer I had a idea for an easy cookie design. (Plus, in December everyone is busy with the holidays. Why not just share my idea now?)
Here’s where it gets a little geeky. In the book version, The Hobbit begins like this…
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle.
This round, green door is considered iconic and well-known to J. R. R. Tolkien fans. It’s even featured in the movie poster!
(image source MGM)
I thought this hobbit door would make a great cookie design to commemorate the upcoming movie release. It’s also a pretty easy cookie to make. Here’s how I did it:
Outline the door and frame with dark green and dark brown piping icing (Step 1).
With green and brown flood icing, fill the spaces that are non-adjacent to one another (Step 2). Wait 20 minutes.
Continue to flood more non-adjacent spaces (waiting 20 mins in-between steps) until the the cookie is covered. (Steps 3 thru 5.) Doing the flooding this way makes the cookie have more dimension. Once the cookie is covered, leave it to dry over night.
After the icing has completely dried use green and brown food-coloring markers to draw wood grain patterns (Step 6). This is an optional step but I think it adds a nice touch.
This design is pretty basic and it mimics the door in the book/movie. I took the liberty of adding the gold door hinges and center door knob detail to dress it up a bit. Even with those extra details I still found the door to be a little boring. So, I decided to do other versions of hobbit doors that have a little more flair and embellishment.
With the set below I added some stones as well as an awning with roof tiles. I also did a coordinating set of windows just for kicks. I got a little fancy with the gold detail on the door.
I continued the stone detail with the next set but I added leaves (using a Wilton #67 tip) and some vine detail to make it more interesting.
There you have it.
Oh! I did have one more idea for these cookies. If I was a cake maker I would have tried to make a ball-shaped cake that looked like it was covered in grass. By slapping a door and a few window cookies on that cake you could easily have yourself a Hobbit house.