I Love Lucy 60th Anniversary Cookies

Did you know that tomorrow, October 15, 2011, is the 60th anniversary of the very first airing of the I Love Lucy show? Well, it is.

I love I Love Lucy. It was one of my very favorite shows when I was a little girl, and I can still remember thinking Lucy and Ethel were so elegant and classy while they were up to their antics. Whenever they would imply that Lucy wasn’t attractive enough, or too funny looking, to be an actress, I was always confused because I thought she was beautiful!

I decided that, after celebrating a major anniversary of another Desilu show (Star Trek’s 45th), there was no way I could pass up the chance to make some cutie pie Lucy cookies, too.

I made all of the amazing characters – Fred and Ethel, Lucy and Ricky – and I made some heart logo cookies, then I made some blue and white polka dot cookies that are reminiscent of Lucy’s recognizable style.

These cookies turned out totally adorable, and they were simple and fun to make. If you’re a big fan of Lucy, like me, these are definitely an awesome treat to try.

I wanted my cookies to have more of a face shape, so I started out with a regular round cookie cutter.

I slightly squeezed the end to point it a bit at the bottom. For the Lucy and Fred cookies, I kept it like this, but I made Ethel and Ricky’s cookies a little rounder by flattening the bottom a little again.

Once all the cookies were cut, baked, and cooled, I used the same cutter to cut out the “skin” fondant for the cookies. I made a peachy color by adding tiny amounts of orange and red food coloring to white fondant until I was happy with the shade.

Next up, I did everyone’s hair. I went with a bright orangey-red for Lucy. I used this famous cartoon as a guide.

Ricky’s hair is a classic 50s style. I just love it. For Ethel I tried to go blond, but I added one tiny drop of brown and her hair ended up much more brown than blond. I still liked it, though, so I used it anyway. Fred is pretty much bald. 🙂 I just gave him a little gray around the sides and a tiny comb over. 🙂

Awwww….what a cute little cookie couple. I traced all of the lighter shades of hair with a black food writer to give them a little more definition and detail.

Next, I made some fun little fondant details – pearls and a heart shaped mouth for Lucy, and a bow tie for Ricky – and used my black food writer again to draw on some fun faces.

I finished the Fred and Ethel the same way. I have to admit, Ethel is my favorite. 🙂

Of course, I had to have the quintessential heart with “I Love Lucy” on it, too. My sis did this one with her mad frosting skillz.

Happy 60th anniversary, I Love Lucy! It’s still one of my favorite shows ever, and I love it when I can catch reruns. I’m thinking I may just need to buy the box set of the show… Yeah. I think so.


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  1. says

    OMG. When I thought I’ve already seen everything, you come with something as wonderful as these cookies!! How can you make such beautiful things, Darla? I want to be like you! (;

  2. Ashley says

    I love these! I grew up with I Love Lucy because my mom is obsessed. 🙂 She can answer crazy trivia on Lucy. She’ll love these!

  3. says

    Oh my, they are so cute and beautifully done. I used to watch Lucy when I was a child. never miss a single episode. Bring back some memories just by looking at your cookies!

  4. Rachael G says

    You come up with the greatest ideas and pay such wonderful tribute to the figures you craft into cookies! I love following your blog and am always anxious to see what else you have up your sleeve!

  5. says

    Too cute! 60 years – wow. I married a ‘foreigner’ and we have lots of Lucy and Ricky moments. I wish we got the shows on TV over here in Britain. Might have to just buy them. Great post! 🙂

  6. says

    I loved watching I Love Lucy as a kid too. I remember being so thrilled whenever there was a “marathon” airing. I’m so thankful for that show. And your cookies are awesome and such a nice tribute.

  7. says

    do you need to do anything to get the fondant to stick? I read that one should put a thin layer of frosting on the cookies first. Also, did yo add the peach and red colors after the fondant was made and rooled?