Cozied Up With Literary Cookies

Cozied Up With Literary Cookies

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.


Robert Southey’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears

My minimalist three bears were easily planned and executed.


Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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.


George Orwell’s Animal Farm or William Golding’s Lord of the Flies? You decide.

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.


J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

Where do the ducks go in the winter, Holden? Where do they go?!


Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

Only after frosting did I recall that the whale was white; hopefully Captain Ahab will forgive me.


Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

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.


Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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.


The Brothers Grimm’s Snow White

I looked back and forth between the two cookies I had just made and a well-known fandom sprung to mind.


Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight

Once I boarded the fandom train, it was impossible to stop.


J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

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.


John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars

I actually have never read this next book, but with the release of the film, it was impossible to not know this rune…


Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments

And I couldn’t forget one of the year’s biggest YA hits…


Veronica Roth’s Divergent series

Poorly made or not, I’m most proud of my final cookie:


Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games

I am the bakingjay.

This article originally appeared on Zola Books.

Kelly Gallucci
Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of, where she oversees Bookish's editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors like Leigh Bardugo, V.E. Schwab, and Sarah Dessen. She's just coming off of moderating an author panel at New York Comic Con. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and binging Netflix with her pitbull. She is a Gryffindor.