Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You (sham) ROCK!

Again with the cheesiness.  I know, I know...I can't help myself.
You DO (sham) rock, though, you know.


A couple of notes about these cookies...
ONE. The dough was tinted green just to make it a little more festive for St. Patrick's Day.  To do this, you make your dough, then just knead in the color, kind of like you would do for fondant.  Easy.

TWO. The little shamrock guitars are parts of two shapes put together.  A shamrock (you knew that), and since I don't seem to have a guitar cutter, a cut off broom handle.

THREE. I'll show you the tutorial for the guitars below.  For the other cookies, I had this "great" idea to make shamrocks from dots.  In reality, they look more like flat leaf parsley or cilantro.  On the bright side, if you ever need to make cilantro cookies, you'll know how.

To make the Shamrock Guitars, you will need:
  • sugar cookies put together to make a shamrock guitar, such as a shamrock and a broom handle,
  • royal icing tinted with AmeriColor Super Black, dark & light green using Leaf Green, and Bright White,
  • couplers and icing tips (#2 & #1)
  • disposable icing bags
  • squeeze bottles
  • toothpicks
With a #2 tip, outline the guitar center and neck in black icing.  Reserve a bit of black piping consistency icing.

With another #2 tip,  outline the shamrock shape in the darker green icing.

Thin the black and green icings with water a bit at a time, stirring gently with a silicone spatula, until it is the consistency of a thick syrup.  Cover with a  damp dish towel and let sit for several minutes.

Stir the icings gently with a silicone spatula, popping any large air bubbles that may have formed on the surface.  Transfer to squeeze bottles.

Fill in (or flood) the black outline with the thinned icing, using a toothpick to guide to edges and pop large air bubbles.

Fill in the green outline with the thinned green icing.

Let the cookies dry for at least 1 hour.

With a #2 tip, add the bar below the center of the guitar in black.

With a #1 tip, add the strings and detail in white.  If you find your strings are "breaking" as you pipe them, squeeze all of the icing out of the bag and into a bowl, stir in 1-2 DROPS of water, then put back in the pastry bag.

With a #2 tip, add the detailing to the guitar in light green. 

(sham)ROCK ON!

89 comments:

  1. These are both freakin' awesome and adorable!

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  2. So cute, Bridget! I absolutely adore these. The tip on breaking the strings, so THAT is how I fix it. Good to know. Thanks!

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  3. Bridget, you totally (sham) rock--I am all about cheesy sayings--especially when cookies are involved. CUTE!!!!

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  4. they are adorable! you truly do ROCK!

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  5. Thank you for sharing.. These cookies are so cute.

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  6. I love the cheesiness!! These are adorable :D

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  7. Oh my goodness! I already knew i was making green shamrock cookies for St. Patty's Day..but these, well..they take the cookie! Witty genius! Love 'em. :)

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  8. You are so clever! I love this!!

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  9. These are awesome! What a great idea to color the dough as well!

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  10. Hilariously adorable! Love them! :)

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  11. I am a sucker for cheesiness and toy just made my night! I needed a laugh tonight :)

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  12. your green cookies are so festive, adorable, and awesome looking!! I made green brownies and these look like a great next green dessert!

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  13. How awesome is this!!! You are so talented!!

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  14. Cute! The cilantro/parsley observation made me laugh. That's exactly what I thought about my wet-on-wet shamrocks!

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  15. I needed a laugh, B! You pretty much sham (rock) too!

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  16. These are so creative Bridget! I love them! I can't imagine how you thought them up, but I just love that you shared them with us! Super cute! I love the green dough too.

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  17. These are perfect! My husband and I will be running in the Shamrock 1/2 marathon here in Va. What an awesome way to show that yes we do rock! And a nice sweet reward for all that running!

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  18. These. Are. Incredible. Totally blown away by your creativity and skill :-)

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  19. Cilantro themed cookies huh? That's gives me a strange idea! :) The guitar shamrocks are also pretty cute

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  20. Those are awesome, Bridget. YOU rock!

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  21. Shamrock is so clever!

    I just tried making wet-on-wet shamrocks in the same way. Mine came out horribly. Yours are sooooo much better! I think they look terrific!

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  22. You have totally outdone yourself on these bridget! Total creative genius :)

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  23. Bridget, I am so in love with these cookies. Shamrock Guitars? Looooooove them :)

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  24. These cookies ROCK! One day I hope to pipe letters like you! I think I can, I think I can...........

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  25. These are amazing! Definitely the best St Patrick's Day cookies I've seen so far.

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  26. These are so cute!! And I love the itty bitty shamrocks you added.

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  27. Love how your mind works Bridget. These have got to be the most original St. Patrick's Day cookies ever! You rock :)

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  28. Fantasticas como siempre. Unas ideas geniales, las amo

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  29. Cheesy?! Not at ALL! These are the cutest things ever. You are just so, so, so talented!

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  30. You are the one who ROCKS with these awesome cookies. Great job Bridget.

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  31. I just love you and your creativity Bridget!!

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  32. These are AWESOME! I love them! Nice work!

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  33. These are so adorable! They would be perfect for my guitar playing husband whose birthdya just happens to be St. Patrick's day!

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  34. Beautiful... wonderful your work, congratulations!
    I love your blog.
    kisses! (Brazil)

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  35. I love these!! So perfect for my guitar playing friends!

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  36. too cute! I think cheesy is the best way to be! I forgot to tell you I made my first attempt at sugar cookies using your dough and icing recipes and they turned out very cute. I made scalloped blue squares with polka dots and planes for a baby boy shower.

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  37. You are so adorable and creative and I just LOVE these!

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  38. Oh my gosh, those shamrock guitars have go to be the cutest thing I have ever seen!! :)

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  39. You are a genius ... a cheesy genius!!! I mean that in a good way :)

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  40. This is awesome!!!!! I want to try to make these! I will let you know how they turn out!

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  41. Love the idea..they look very good and fun!!! ty for the idea

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  42. Nothing wrong with cheesiness. As long as it's followed by cookieness :)

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  43. I'm afraid I can't eat those... They're too beautiful! The details are absolutely gorgeous!

    "Happy Cooking"

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  44. I love the pun. :) These cookies rock, for real, and are such a fun spin on a regular old shamrock. I would love love love you for you to share them at my St. Patty's link party (it's my first linky party)!!! :D

    http://whitelightsonwednesday.blogspot.com/2012/02/st-patricks-day-linky-party.html

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  45. I’m planning the St. Patrick’s Day party for my daughter’s class. I can’t wait to make these..they will be a hit with the kids! I found some cello candy bags from Box and Wrap that have shamrocks on the bags….so cute. It’s the extra special touches that make the party great. Thanks so much for the recipe.

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  46. hah, I thought I was the only wack-a-do who used You "sham" rock! That's awesome. These cookies are fabulous as always!

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  47. I'd love for you to show these off at my linky party, A Themed Baker's Sunday. This week the theme is random! Hope to see you there!
    Cupcake Apothecary
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com

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  48. I love it, these are gorgeous and such a great idea!

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  49. You are (sham)rocking talented!! :)

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  50. These are gorgeous and creative as usual. :)

    LilaLoa has a fabby tutorial on how to do the wet-on-wet shamrocks, by the way. She uses two dots per leaf before she drags toward the center. The tutorial's here:

    http://lilaloa.blogspot.com/2011/03/leprechaun-loot.html

    Hope that helps for anyone else planning on doing shamrock cookies.

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  51. Bridget, I'll bet everyone has said this already, but I have to say it, you ROCK! How awesome, creative, adorable, amazing are theseI love them!

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  52. These are adorable. I commend you as I never have the patience to do this kind of work. I wish I did. You could sell these!

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  53. O.M.G!!!!! I cannot WAIT to do these and bring them to work for my staff!! Thank you, Bridget! Your rockin' shams pulled me right out of my budget-balancing anxiety and back to appreciating the little things in life...XO!

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  54. Cheesy but adorable. You are so talented!

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  55. Brilliant - such a great play on words! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  56. OMG..those are so adorable!!!

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  57. Haha these are great, I love the way you think.

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  58. so cute!! I love that you think your shamrocks look like parsley or cilantro - that made me laugh. I think they look great though. :)

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  59. You seriously Sham- Rock! So clever and beautiful!

    Nettie

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  60. You have a nice space..excellent work!!! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful recipe's. Definately going to follow you :)

    Regards
    Spice Ur Senses
    http://rumanarawat.blogspot.in/

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  61. Thank you for posting this. It’s exactly what I was looking for!

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  62. I could have sworn I commented on these already, but maybe I just cursed you in my mind for being so darn creative! Yeah, maybe that was it :)

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  63. you have such a delicious website!

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  64. OMG these are amazing! I hope you will link this up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade. Way to go!

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  65. I really wish I was this good at royal icing. SO cute!!

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  66. Bridget, We were in San Antonio this week and I went into a Texas store and you'll never guess what I found...a guitar cookie cutter! I don't know if someone sent you one already or if you have your eye on one. I almost bought it but thought it better to tell you in case you have one now. So here's where I found it and the guy said they can mail it to you if you decide you want it. Oh, it was about 3-4" long. grr, I've lost the business card, but you can look here http://www.riverwalkguide.com/shopping/ and roll down to Texas Treasures and call them. It was $1.99.

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  67. I found the card, on my nightstand, right out in the open. geez http://store.txtreasures.com/kitchen--cookie-cutters.html

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  68. I have chosen your blog for the Sunshine Blog Award. Read more about it at: http://quirky-crochet.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunshine-award.html

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  69. Bridget, do you ever have bleeding thru when using a dark color (mostly black) next to a light? What can you do to prevent it? I've tried letting the dark colors dry at least 24 hours and I still get bleeding....:( Kathi

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    1. Kathi...when using black, I always give it a little extra time to dry before using the colors next to it. I think using AmeriColor Super Black REALLY helps...and not over saturating the icing with color.

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  70. I think I fell in love with your cookies, so cool! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
    I linked it in a serie I’m writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-from-head-to-toe-3-special-edition.html), I hope you don’t mind! :)

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  71. These are SO cute. I love it when people are clever like this and create new things based on a play of a word. It would have been even more perfect had the handle looked a bit more like a fiddle since the Irish are known for their fiddle playing and music.

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