I am a baker not an artist.
It is cookie season, and I have no self-control. So while cozied up inside with nothing to do, I pulled out a roll of gingerbread cookie dough and let my inner bookie and baker blend together.
The result? A set of pretty fun literary-inspired cookies.
To reiterate, I am not an artist.
I started simple and picked stories based around cookie cutters I already owned.
My minimalist three bears were easily planned and executed.
With the creation of Alice’s white rabbit and the Cheshire Cat, I was feeling good and my confidence was riding high.
But then things took a dark turn.
Finding inspiration in a tiny duck, I decided to lighten things up by tackling one of my favorite books and molding the dough into a hunting hat.
Where do the ducks go in the winter, Holden? Where do they go?!
Only after frosting did I recall that the whale was white; hopefully Captain Ahab will forgive me.
This was the point where my family began playing a game called, “What’s That Cookie?” Hester’s badge was one of the few they immediately recognized.
It was becoming more and more difficult to refrain from eating the cookies.
I reminded myself to take photos before taking bites and powered through.
I looked back and forth between the two cookies I had just made and a well-known fandom sprung to mind.
Once I boarded the fandom train, it was impossible to stop.
I had to attempt homage to my favorite book series.
Then I looked to the book I had received in our company’s holiday Yankee Swap—the one title I had been dying to read all year.
I actually have never read this next book, but with the release of the film, it was impossible to not know this rune…
And I couldn’t forget one of the year’s biggest YA hits…
Poorly made or not, I’m most proud of my final cookie:
I am the bakingjay.
This article originally appeared on Zola Books.