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Sherlock Holmes Day

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

May 22 is Sherlock Holmes Day (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday), celebrating history's most famous detective! There's some info here about Sherlock Holmes and also I made some cookies to celebrate it. I was inspired by some cookies I saw on Pinterest.

I made the silhouette one (photos below) by making a stencil from a photo from the internet as I have described before -- Mondrian puzzle cookies and Benjamin Franklin pie crust, for example. Photos and links at the bottom of the post.

Check out the post on how to make the Magnifying Glass Cookies, which are like Shakashaka-like cookies or cookies with hard candy glass windows. I used premade cookie duogh, which you can use to make cookies of different shapes. It's not what this cookie dough was designed to do or the best type of cookie dough for it, but it can work for simple shapes and check out the quick post on some tips if you would like to use pre-made cookie dough for different cookie shapes.

Give it a try! We are good at this!


Sherlock Holmes Day

"Since 2013, May 22nd (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday) has been celebrated as International Sherlock Holmes Day. Since his creation, Sherlock Holmes has captivated audiences of all ages and from a variety of adaptations - books, graphic novels, theatre, film, television, and even videogames."


History of Sherlock Holmes Day

"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, says the character was originally inspired by Joseph Bell, a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh for whom Doyle had worked as an assistant. Like Holmes, Bell was famous for his ability to draw broad conclusions from minute observations.

Francis “Tanky” Smith, a policeman and master of disguise who was Leicester’s first private detective, is also thought to have influenced the character. Doyle’s first Sherlock Holmes story first appeared in print in 1887 and continued to be published for the next forty years, until shortly before the author’s death. During this time, the detective had countless adventures, usually accompanied by his loyal friend and assistant, Dr. Watson."

10 Facts You Might Not Know About Sherlock Holmes


Just a couple -- :)

In The Novels, Sherlock Never Wore That Famous Cap

The cap we most associate with Sherlock is the deerstalker, but in Doyle's works, he never wears it. The image of the detective in the famous cap actually came from illustrations that appeared with the short stories in Strand magazine in the late 1800s. Artist Sidney Paget drew Sherlock in the cap and those illustrations stayed in the minds of readers: to this day, that's how fans envision the character.

Sherlock Never Said, "Elementary, My Dear Watson" In Doyle's Stories

Although it's the most quoted line attributed to the detective, Sherlock never actually said it. He did say, "Elementary" several times and "My dear Watson" at other times, but the full phrase never actually appeared until 1915 when P.G. Wodehouse wrote Psmith, Journalist.



Silhouette Sherlock Cookies

I covered the cookies in white icing as described in this post and let it set. I made a stencil with parchment paper of a photo of Sherlock. Then, I traced the stencil using an edible marker on the cookie. I filled it in by painting it with black icing.



Mondrian Puzzle Cookies and Benjamin Franklin pie



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