Continuing with the Valentine’s Day theme, I wanted to do something creative with heart shapes. When I think of hearts I immediately think of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. I “heart” both the Disney cartoon and the Tim Burton live-action versions. Why not try to do both?
My goal was to make it easier on myself, so I made a conscious effort of re-purposing existing cutters. I decided to stick with just heart cutters and channel my inner Sugarbelle to come up with a design. (Heh… “channel my inner Sugarbelle” may sound silly for a guy to say– but trust me, it works. Callye is the Queen of reusing cookie cutters for unintended purposes.)
Coincidentally, another favorite cookie blogger I follow, Georganne of LilaLoa, is challenging us to sketch our own designs before making cookies. This is perfect timing because I think re-purposing cookie cutters go hand-in-hand with first sketching out a design.
The heart shaped cookie cutters I used were from this Betty Crocker set. As I began doodling the queens, my biggest challenge was trying to illustrate the
big-boned full-figured Disney queen along side her fairly thin Tim Burton counterpart, all while using the same heart shapes. After trying out different heart arrangements, I was able to solve this problem by increasing the volume of the Tim Burton queen’s dress. By puffing up the shoulder area, along with the hips, I was able to properly fill the entire cookie while still making her look petite (except for her head, of course).
After I finalized a plan, I started cutting out the dough.
I trimmed off the bottom tip because the cookie itself was getting too long. I also trimmed off the arrow portions because they weren’t needed in this design.
For the Disney queen, I leveled off the bottom area and kept the arrow portions this time around. The extended points would allow me to place a croquet flamingo in the design like the one she has in the film.
After the cookies were baked and ready to decorate, I put my sketches in my KopyKake projector and got to icing these ladies.
For the fine details on the face and hands, I used edible food coloring markers.
Overall, I think my loose-interpretations of these two Queens of Hearts still do a good job resembling the ones from the films. It was nice not having to hand-cut the entire cookie this time, too.
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