Thursday, September 30, 2010

How 'bout THEM apples?!?

I volunteered to make cookies for a teacher appreciate dinner last week and since it was September, and the beginning of the school year, I had apples on the brain.

These apples are inspired by my friend, Jennifer, a FABULOUS cookie decorator who makes cookies for Frost Bake Shoppe.  This summer, she made these cute little sun cookies...aren't they darling?!?  Well, I thought my apples needed smiles as well.


{One note on these...the dots are just a lighter red, but next time I make them, I'll make the dots a bit darker....I think the eyes blend in a little too much with them. And wouldn't green apples be fun, too?}

To make them, you'll need:
 
    Using a #3 tip, outline the cookie (apple & leaf) in black icing (I STRONGLY recommend AmeriColor Super Black).  Pipe the stem.

    Because of the black outline, you may want to let the outline set for a bit longer than normal.  One hour should be fine.

    Thin the red and light red icings with water, a bit at a time, until it is the consistency of thick syrup.  Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit several minutes.

    Stir gently with a rubber spatula and transfer both icings to squeeze bottles.

    Working 6-8 cookies at a time, fill in the apples in red, using a toothpick to guide to edges.

    Go back over the same 6-8 cookies and drop dots of the lighter red icing.
    Let stand at least one hour.

    With the #4 tip, pipe eyes on the apples with white icing.

    Using a #2 tip, add the pupils to the eyes and a smile. :)

    With another #2 tip, fill in the leaf.

    Let dry overnight.

    You know what they say...
    "An Apple a Day Keeps the Skinny Jeans Away." 
    Or something like that.

    Tidy Mom I'm Lovin It Fridays

    53 comments:

    1. Seriously........those are too cute!! I'm in awe of your constant creativity!!

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    2. Sooooo cute!!!! Your piping is so professional!

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    3. I'm so intimidate to try this!! You always make the most beautiful cookies. <3

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    4. Love your happy apples, Bridget! Jen's COOKIES were awesome, too... and she was so nice to bring for all my party...

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    5. these are incredible. i wish i had your talent! all i can do is eat the cookies :) people like you make!

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    6. I am featuring you on my blog tomorrow as one of my favorite bloggers! Be sure to stop on by!

      www.fatcontrolfreak.blogspot.com

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    7. polka dots looks so cute on the apple

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    8. Ohmygosh these are so cutee! Ha nice quote!

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    9. Love their cute little faces:)

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    10. I LOVE them!! They look just like cute cartoon characters!!

      You are such an artist!!

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    11. Oh my goodness, these make me smile! So adorable. Bet the teachers really appreciated these.

      p.s. your "apple a day keeps the skinny jeans away" was a hilarious ending to your post.

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    12. I'm trying to think of a word that means cuter than your standard cute, but I just can't. So these are what that word would be! I just might have to link on craft gossip :)

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    13. I KNEW it!
      I just KNEW it!
      I KNEW Kiddos teachers would LUCK~OUT!
      I KNEW they would LUCK~OUT and be TREATED to your YUMMMMMMMMMY~Adorable COOKIES!
      Lucky!
      Lucky!
      Lucky!
      Kiddos teachers are SOOOOOOOO Lucky!
      Those APple CoOkiEs are beyond PERFECT for teachers!
      I know they LOVED them Miss Bridget!
      And wanna know what else!
      I know they must LOVE and ADORE YOU!!!!!!!!!
      xoxoxoxoxxoox

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    14. Those are the cutest cookies I ever saw!!!

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    15. So darling that I'm not sure I could actually bring myself to eat them!

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    16. I love them apples! it is so cute how they are looking in different directions :)

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    17. Those are absolutely adorable!! The eyes are just too much :)

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    18. Ah-dorable!!

      Honestly, I thought the eyes were too perfect to be piped. Soooo, WELL DONE!

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    19. I love these!! I think it's adorable that some of the eyes seem to be rolling... could be perfect for teachers rolling eyes at crazy answers or students to whom we say "they'll get stuck that way!" ;)

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    20. These cookies are cute, but what I really want to say is THANK YOU. I know it takes so much time to not only bake and decorate, but then to stage, photograph, and prepare these posts.

      Beautiful cookies come from beautiful people. Thanks so much!

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    21. I can't believe how patient you are! Your work reminds me of the forever appealing "Hello Cupcake" books!

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    22. These are WAY too cute to eat! I love the ones with the eyes looking upward, it's like they're looking at us and smiling! LOL

      Corinna

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    23. These are so cute! I agree; green apples would be adorable too!!

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    24. Bridget, as usual your cookies are so adorable. Great inspiration for us..cookie lovers.

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    25. Hey Bridget, When I was doing my piping, my icing had air bubbles as I outlined the cookie. Could you tell me what I did wrong? Your cookies do not look like that! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    26. Adoreable!! You continue to amaze!!

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    27. Dots, Apples and Eyeballs. Your work is perfection. Adorable!

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    28. Love these. And that last line nearly made me fall off my chair. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

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    29. P.S. That last comment was from me... wasnt trying to be all anonymous or anything!

      Amanda
      iambaker.net

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    30. Simply fantastic. Please compare the step by step ... Beautiful decorations.
      A hug and follow you.

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    31. Too Cute Bridget! I love that your appreciation week is in September. Ours is the first week of May and it is CRAZY around that time.

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    32. I LOVE them! You did such an amazing job! Perfect cookie for fall!

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    33. Totally CUTE! What a great teacher week they must have had!

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    34. I'd love to feature these on my polka dotted blog! Please let me know if that's okay with you.

      Julie
      onthedotcreations@gmail.com

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    35. killing me with the cuteness here!

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    36. These could not be any cuter! I absolutely love them.

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    37. How do you get your cookies so thick??

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    38. LOVE the polka-dotted apples, and with the google eyes ~ adorable!!

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    39. Love the dots! Thanks for the tutorial!
      :)

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    40. So adorable! I love the dots on the apples... :)

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    41. how do you make your background black in the pictures?

      thanks.

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