And here they are, better late than never, my contribution to the April cookie Club theme of Royalty! I must first preface this by saying that my cookies are not anywhere near as cool as the ones already posted -- we have some amazing talent going on here in this thread! And I want to thank everyone who inquired about me during my surgery -- all is well. Thank you for asking. (Gee, I sound like I'm accepting an award, don't I?)
When the theme of "royalty" came around I had just finished reading a book on Russian history -- on the Romanov dynasty in the 1800s which started with Nicholas I and went on through to Nicholas II and included everyone inbetween (including some of the nannies and household employees who stayed with several generations of this dynasty.) It was a fascinating book really. One thing I came away with, which heavily influenced these cookies, was the fact that royalty is steeped in "the haves" vs. "the have nots." One thing the royals had was jewelry and intricate lacework. Things that cost a lot to show affluence. I incorporated this with the fancy gold embroidered gloves that the ladies would have worn to fancy teas (notice the size of the cookies are small -- tea cookies as it were). Having these fancy afternoon teas was a big thing with them as well, which influenced why I made the cookies small (the largest is 2 inches, the rest are 1 inch.) The glove cookies are a rolled cookie with fondant overlay gilded with Super Pearl and super gold Lustre Dust.
I used gold framed pearl cameos, both Greek and Roman cameos all done with fondant and Lustre Dust to represent the fancy jewelry and brooches the female royals would wear. I included small gold fondant fleur-dis-lis on cookies to represent the french aristocracy as well -- that was a symbol of french royalty. I set all these cookies on doilies which represented the lace and fancy table cloths they liked to eat from, and confined the colors to gold and pearl Lustre Dust, also symbolic of wealth and status in the royal courts. Overall I am very happy with the way they turned out!