I had the pleasure of making cookies for this awesome event. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Waltham-MA/Steampunk-Festival/234046964955. It was my first time vending and although I wasn't sure what to expect, I had such a blast and met so many wonderful people.
This is a good description of what Steam Punk is:
"Steampunk" is the science-fiction of the Steam Age; the Industrial Revolution re-imagined with the advantage of modern hindsight. Drawing upon the wealth of historical technology and the scientific fantasies of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, steampunk seeks to reinvent modern wonders (such as the computer) as the people of that era might have envisioned them. Following in the footsteps of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, steampunk authors blend history, science and imagination into a world of wonder that might have been. -G.D. Falksen
If you still don't get it (I didn't), google Steam Punk images and check it out.
It took some research and thinking to figure out what part of this culture would be best translated onto cookies. This is what I came up with. I made regular vanilla sugar cookies and chocolate chip chocolate sugar cookies. I tinted the icing as close to bronze as I could, and after they had dried, I painted over everything with bronze pearl dust.
The favorite, this design sold out first.
In the end after icing almost 100 cookies (and having a Root Canal), I wanted to do something a little easier so I simple flooded these and drew on them with edible writer markers.
A gift bag I put together for the raffle at the festival. It had some hand embroidered tea towels, The Tea Deck by Sara Peterson, and two Steam Punk cookies.