Friday, July 29, 2011

Mon Cheri

These are quite possibly the easiest decorated cookies ever. 
 

They start with these:

Do you know what they are?  I didn't.  I thought they were giant nonpareils.  They are actually "sixlets" and are CHOCOLATE!  Chocolate, people!

I kind of have a thing for cherries.  Maybe it's because I worked for Mary Engelbreit before kiddo came along.  Mary is the QUEEN of cherries, in case you didn't know. ;)

You might have seen the bowl of cherries looming in the background in, oh, almost all of my pictures.  

The cherries are fake....plastic, and I'll admit, dusty....but that doesn't stop people from trying to eat them when they sit at our kitchen table.

{Spike thinks just *maybe* he can reach them.}

Don't even get me started on the cherry sours from the Sample House in Dallas.
{If you live in Dallas, get in your car RIGHT NOW and go get some.  You need them.  Really.}


OK, back to the cherry cookies.  You will need:
  • chocolate square cookies (this chocolate cookie is actually for a super, secret, special project I'm working on...more on that later. Until then, use this one.)
  • royal icing, divided and tinted with AmeriColor Bright White and Leaf Green
  • disposable icing bags (2)
  • couplers
  • tips: #2 & #1
  • toothpicks
  • red sixlets 
 
Using a #2 tip, outline the cookies in white.

Thin the white icing to the consistency of a thick syrup. Cover with a damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes.  Stir gently with a silicone spatula and transfer to a squeeze bottle.


Flood the cookies with the thinned icing.  Use a toothpick to guide into corners.


While the icing is still wet, add the sixlets.

Let the icing dry for at least 30 minutes, then add stems, leaves, and dots in green icing with a #1 tip.

Let the cookies dry 6-8 hours or overnight.


That's it! :) Now how about a cookie, mon cheri?

84 comments:

  1. Love them, I think I have to try this.....
    Thank you...

    Mary

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  2. Okay, these are some of the cutest cookies I have EVER seen! I have never heard of sixlets, but I am going to get some and attempt these ADORABLE cookies!

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  3. I don't know what's cuter - these cookies or Spike! What a clever idea :)

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  4. There are so many reasons I must comment on this post... It's named after me :) ; these have cherries on them, and people often mispronounce my name as the fruit; I love chocolate AND I love to bake. So now I must bake these little darllins... Thank you for sharing. I do love your blog! (Cheri)

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  5. Very pretty! I haven't had Sixlets in years, but I loved them!

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  6. sixlets are one of my favorite candies!! I always sneak them into the movies haha. a whole box at the Dollar Store for $1.00.. yes please! Your cookies are beautiful!

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  7. Super cute!! I love cherries, and I love M.E. too!! Great design!

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  8. So CUTE! Mary Englebreit was the FIRST thought that popped into my head(perhaps we are from a similar generation)and I can totally envision you working for them. Of course, love your blog and the University of Cookie so HAPPY you are blogging now. The sixlets go perfectly with that chocolate sugar cookie - can't wait to try these :)

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  9. Totally loving these super cute cookies.

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  10. Cutest. Cookies. Ever. No question! Love these, B!

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  11. These are adorable and I bet they taste as good as they look. Sixlets are one of my favorite candies!

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  12. Can you tell I am a mother of young children? We were at the computer together when we saw your photo and in harmony said..."Hi Ho Cherry O cookies!" We're off to play a counting boardgame and then making cookies!!! Thanks Bridget!
    Beverly Kloesel :)

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  13. Yup they are super=dooper cute. We dont have sixlets here in Australia, just something nearly the size of a whopper called a Jaffa (and it has a subtle orange flavor). Maybe I could just make a huge version of this cookie.

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  14. Absolutely adorable!! Cherries are always cute, aren't they?

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  15. Can I tell you all about my cherry obsession? And how I've definitely noticed your bowl and towel in a few posts, because I want them to be mine? It started with a newborn onesie when I was pregnant with my first daughter - and I didn't know she was a she. But I knew I so badly wanted to be able to use this cherry onesie. I am not kidding when one of the first thoughts to cross my mind when I heard "It's a girl" was "YAY! I get to use the cherry onesie!" And since then, I love anything with cherries on it, particularly when I can dress her in it.

    And how NEAT that you worked for Mary Engelbreit? Last year's birthday party for said daughter was a cherry theme, thanks to some ME goodies I found at Michael's. Here's some photos, if you even care to see?
    http://delightfulwaste.blogspot.com/2011/07/cherry-birthday-book.html

    Anyway... I will for SURE be ripping off this idea at some point. I made cherry cookies as favours for her party last year but that was long before I started following you and SugarBelle... The ones you've made are way cooler!!

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. Love them, they are the type of cookie that instantly makes you feel happy and puts a huge smile on your face.

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  17. Bridget, you are so cute. I absolutely love the way you always include to cover the bowl and pop the air bubbles, etc. You are so conscientious with your tutes.

    My bakery supply has sixlets in a gazillion colors, but of course I could never think of what to do with them. This is adorable. How about a series?!

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  18. Love them. Me encanta!!

    Kisses from Spain!

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  19. these are really really sweet. reminds me of the game. hi ho cherry-o :)

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  20. These are lovely! So elegant. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Love these!! I would have never thought to use sixlets! You could use other colors for different frutis too, apples, oranges! I'll definitely try these!

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  22. Oh heavens, these are the cutest!!! I'm so making these someday. LOVE!

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  23. these are so cute! I have a sister-in-law who loves cherries, these will be perfect for her! Thanks for all your great ideas & tips.

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  24. That is sooo cute. I love the color contrast between the red cherries and the chocolate cookies.

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  25. What a great idea - sixlets! The cookies are very simple yet adorable! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. You worked for Mary Englebreit??? How cool is that?? Can you tell us what you did - what kind of work you did? I have always, lovedlovedloved ME - do tell, please!!!

    These cookies are just so adorable - I'm going to try to make them!

    thanks

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  27. These cookies are adorable! It might be easy for you but I'm so NOT a crafty person so they still look challenging to me! :P But I guess I need to right tools first before I get starting decorating my cookies. Always love your inspiration! :)

    Take care and have a good weekend.

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  28. These are so cute. And looks quite doable for someone like me :-)

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  29. Oh these are adorable!!! so cute and I love that the cookies are chocolate.

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  30. Oooh Mary Engelbreit! Santa used to bring me a ME calendar every year when I was a little girl!

    These are super cute cookies!

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  31. The white sixlets make very cute eyes for a particular blue monster who loves cookies!

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  32. I thought of Mary when I saw the picture of the cookies. I worked for her in highschool at her Union Station store. I have boxes of her stuff and now I'm inspired to dig it out for cookie inspiration :)

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  33. I'm so excited I just got my box of Americolor color in the mail today. But I have a question for you. Approximately how much white coloring do you add for a single batch of your royal icing? Are we talking a few drops or a good squeeze? I've never colored white icing white before. :)

    Thanks!
    Erin

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  34. Oh yippee! I just received an order of sixlets in a number of colors (including pearl finishes!) and now you've given me my first way to use them! And a big P.S., my first home was decorated in ME wallpaper :)

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  35. The first thing I thought of too was Mary Englebreit! those are soo cute, and I love sixlets!

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  36. Having grown up in STL and with a mom who adored Mary Engelbreit, I have a deep appreciation for these cookies. Soo pretty and they look scrumptious. This is probably the first iced cookie that didn't scare me! Perhaps someday.... :)

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  37. These are absolutely STUNNING B! STUNNING!

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  38. I love your blog layout, the colours and the photos. No need to say that the content is spectacular. Found you through beautiful blog designs. Wondering how I can print your recipes? Greetings from Switzerland. ;)

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  39. So simple and yet so cute! How fun that you worked for Mary Engelbreit! I love her style!

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  40. GENIUS!!

    can't be adorably cute AND easy!! I LOVE these Bridget!

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  41. You seize to amaze me! This are the cutest cookies; I love them! How long does it take you to make a cookie like this and decorate?

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  42. Your cookies are sooo cute! I will admit that I am a cherry fan and a Mary fan.

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  43. Very clever and insanely adorable!! Love 'em!

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  44. Cutest COOKIES, Bridget! they look like fabric... lovelovelove!

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  45. Those cookies look delightful! I found you through Twitter and I'm following you from Rome! I have a sweet tooth, I love your blog!

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  46. Your artwork is nothing short of amazing AND people get to eat it too. These are so cute!

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  47. So THAT's how you get that super smooth icing square on top of the cookie! And the cherry details...too cute! Thanks for a great tutorial. :-)

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  48. Such cute cookies!! I love cherries in fact it is one of the only things I can eat right now haha!! I bet I could eat a few of these sweet cookies too :)

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  49. Very cute!!! I am such a fan of your work! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I'm going to make these to send overseas. What store did you get the all-red Sixlets from? I was thinking either a candy shop or Michael's?

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  50. These are adorable! I will have to make these soon!

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  51. Sixlets! I forgot about those. The cookies are beautiful!

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  52. How awesome, I didn't know you worked for Mary Englbreit. She is one of my favorites! :)
    Of course, you created her style in cookie form- which is totally awesome, too!

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  53. Those little cherries are ADORABLE! I love Sixlets!!

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  54. ADORABLE and all in big letters, these cookies are so pretty.... I'm glad I came across your blog, I just love it.

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  55. Cutest ever! I'm obsessed with using those cute sixlets in things too! And they make the cutest cherries. I love these cookies! And I can't wait till you reveal your secret chocolate cookie recipe! I've been trying some out, but I just know yours will be the best!

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  56. Wow, those are some incredible looking cookies!

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  57. Cute! Can't wait to sample the chocolate!

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  58. So cute little cookies! I'm in love in minimalistic cookies! I hope the chocolate taste good nom,nom,nom!

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  59. The cookies look deliciously pretty and mouth-watering.Perfect for parties. Thank you for the recipe.

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  60. I love them! Simple but so stunning!!

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  61. I'm on vacation but (shhh) I had to sneak over here and tell you how much I love this cute design! My Dad's favorite candy growing up was Sixlets. We gave him a huge jar of them for his birthday last year. Okay I really should get going now... my husband thinks I'm reading a book. ;)

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  62. I instantly thought of Mary Engelbreit when I saw the cookies. So you pulled these off PERFECTLY. Lovely job!

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  63. I’ve just stumbled upon your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I'm just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty.
    http://scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com/ and one on everything coastal
    http://coastal-style.blogspot.com/
    I had a lot of fun putting them together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
    x
    Melissah

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  64. I thought your Strawberry cookies in the green produce cartons were the cutest cookies you made until these little darlings! Your big bowl of cherries had me fooled...always thought that they were real :) You've really peaked my interest with the *secret project* you are working on with the chocolate cookies. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

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  65. these creations look so good art you can eat

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  66. 1) These are adorable! 2) I love cherries so much because I LOVE Mary Engelbreit, and 3) I totally have fake dusty cherries that people always try to eat too :)

    Thanks for posting!

    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com
    {Sweet Treats Thursday}

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  67. Oh how cute, and so easy!! And I love that those are sixlets too. The more chocolate, the better. ;-)

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  68. These cookies are adorable! Well, all your cookies are always adorable. I love cherries so I may just need to make these cookies to celebrate my love for cherries.

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  69. So DARLING!
    I instantly smiled the moment I saw them and though of Mary Engelbreit! It's no wonder I adore you so much...we have that same "Mary Engelbreith-ish" way of thinking!

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  70. So stinking cute! Love these!

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  71. Oh, I love these, Bridget!! They are just amazing!

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    Make sure you follow, and give me any feedback. Thanks!

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  73. U can describe the effect of eating cookies .
    How long AAFTA or eat1 or can feel the effect?
    How strong is it? How much should you eat to begin with?
    Thanks for the info.

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  74. Hi! I love these! very beautiful, have you posted the recipe for this cookie? I know you reffer to the chocolate cut-out cookies but just wondering if you will be posting it soon. thank you!

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  75. So beautiful and really easy to make. I have to try these even if I am normally not good in backery decoration!

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