Cherry Pie Cookies for Bo Johnson

by Jennifer on October 8, 2012

in Sugar Cookies, Summer Desserts

Bo Johnson was a 13 year old young boy who lived in Door County, Wisconsin. He battled a rare form of leukemia for a year before his doctors explained that there was nothing more they could do for him. The next day, he went home.

He spent his last few weeks inspiring those around him and soaking in the wonders of this world. He passed away on September 28th.

This is a tragic story – a heartbreaking and devastating story. It makes you yearn for a explanation that will never come, questioning why this happened to anyone, let alone a young boy.

But, today, in spite of it all, I’m celebrating. I’m celebrating Bo’s strength and wisdom, the bravery of his family and friends, and the depth of human kindness and compassion that compelled the community of Door County and beyond to rally behind this young boy who left all of us too soon.

I’m also celebrating the cookie community that I’m honored to be a part of, that responded with a resounding YES when asked to support this wonderful cause. Over 60 cookie bakers from around the nation (and the world!) are donating cookies to a bake sale this weekend in Door County, all proceeds going to the GO BO! Fund.

To celebrate the amazing community that lifted up Bo and his family during the most challenging time of their lives, I made cherry pie cookies.

Why cherry pie, you ask? Door County claims to have mastered the art of the perfect cherry pie and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor them.

While making these cookies, I couldn’t help but think, “I’m not doing enough. This is so insignificant. ” When faced with a tragedy like this, it is hard to recognize the impact of your actions. But, Bo knew better. He knew that every act of kindness had a tremendous affect, one that could not be measured.

Try to pay it forward today. It could change the world.


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1 Melissa October 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

Go Bo! So thankful for a young boy, who inspired many through his courage. I love your cherry pie cookies, they are perfection. Have a great day, Jen!


2 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

Thanks so much, Melissa! I was just so happy to be a part of it, even in a small way.


3 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings October 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

What beautiful cookies! And for an amazing cause!


4 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

Thanks, Elizabeth!


5 Carrie's Creations October 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

these are absolutely gorgeous! perfect for Bo.


6 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

Thank you, Carrie! It was an honor to make them.


7 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me October 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Yay Bo!! I’ve been loving the Bo cookies I’ve seen around (their story makes them all amazing!) and I *especially* love yours! They’re gorgeous! Really, a very cool cookie.


8 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Thank you so much, Michelle! All of the cookies I’ve seen for the bake sale so far have been phenomenal – I was worried my cookies wouldn’t be good enough! But, I really liked them when all was said and done :)


9 Amy October 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Awesome job Jennifer. What a way to connect… really, great job.


10 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Thank you, Amy!


11 Mike October 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Fantastic! I love this cherry pie idea honoring Bo and Door County. I’ve seen many pie cookies in the past but you definitely put a new spin on them! Great work!!


12 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Thanks, Mike!


13 trish October 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm

This is so completely touching. You are beyond amazing in your talent for cookies but even bigger is your heart. You are making a difference because you reminded me today what really matters…..I try to keep that motto but at times it can be hard. It is not about our lives for ourselves, but what can we do for others. You are awesome.


14 Jennifer October 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

Oh, Trish, you made my day with this sweet comment! Bo was an amazing little boy and I was honored to help in a small way. He inspired so many and truly made a difference!


15 Sue {munchkin munchies} October 9, 2012 at 1:37 am

AMAZING cookies to honor the legacy of an amazing boy! Go Bo!


16 Jennifer October 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thank you, Sue! I’m so glad you like them :)


17 The Partiologist October 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

What a beautiful post you have written. The cookies are amazing, you are a very talented cookie artist!! :)


18 Jennifer October 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Thanks, Kim! I appreciate your kind words :)


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