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Sugar and Spice: How to make Lauren Chater’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies cookies

November 7, 2018

Cookies inspired by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

Words by Lauren Chater:

This book is a scream and I’m not just talking about the bloodbath scene at the Netherfield Ball. Seth Grahame-Smith’s spooky take on Jane Austen’s classic is delightful and laugh-out-loud funny. Having risen from their graves to snack on the living, the great undead provide the raison d’être for Darcy and Elizabeth’s unconventional romance.

Still considered one of the great classics to read before you die (by zombie bite or otherwise), Pride and Prejudice continues to enthral readers more than two centuries after initial publication. An almost mandatory inclusion in school curriculums everywhere, there’s hardly an adult alive who hasn’t intercepted Austen’s famous comedy of manners in some way. Perhaps that’s why we love to revisit it when another interpretation or parody comes out every few years. This one is an especially fiendish take which pits Elizabeth and Darcy against each other, as well as a shuffling, brain-hungry horde of the dead. PP&Z brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘marry or perish’.

To make your own zombie girl cookies:

– Outline and flood the ‘flesh’ with white-tinted icing, leaving space for the mouth.

– Flood the mouth area and when it’s dry, add in the ‘bones’ using a fine 1.5 mm icing tip.

– Outline and flood the dress using ivory-tinted icing, adding wet-on-wet flowers in mauve and soft pink shades. Add two dots of green for the leaves and use a toothpick to make the shape.

– Finish off by piping in the brown-tinted hair and filling in the eyes, and once the hair is dry, pipe a few flowers using an open star tip to complete.

Extracted from Well Read Cookies by Lauren Chater, photography © Lauren Chater.

About the Author:

Lauren Chater writes historical fiction with a particular focus on women’s stories. After working in the media sector for many years, she turned her passion for reading and research into a professional pursuit. In 2014, she was the successful recipient of the Fiona McIntosh Commercial Fiction scholarship. In addition to writing fiction, she established The Well Read Cookie, a blog which celebrates her love of baking and literature. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children. The Lace Weaver is her first novel, and she is currently working on her second, Gulliver’s Wife.

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