The other night, Josh set an alarm to listen to the first Dodger game of the season that was being played in Australia. He is a dedicated fan! In honor of the start of baseball season, I decided to make some baseball cookies for my boys. I may not be a sugar cookie gal, but my boys love them so I started out with the same sugar cookie recipe I used for the base of my hamataschen.
Cream together butter and sugar until they are smooth and fluffy. Add in an egg, a little milk, some vanilla, and the zest of a lemon. Mix it all together until it is well combined.
Then sift together some flour, baking powder, and salt and add it to the wet ingredients. I like to just sift it right into the mixing bowl to avoid making another dish. Mix until it is completely combined. If the dough seems too soft, add in a little more flour.
Wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it until you are ready to roll it out. Roll the cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick and use a small cookie cutter to cut your dough into circles. Put the circles on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 400 for about 4 minutes.
Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack. Then use red icing to draw two semicircles on each cookie. Take a toothpick and drag the icing out to the left and right to make the stitching on the baseballs. That's it, quick and easy baseball cookies.
Baseball Sugar Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbls. milk (I used skim)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- zest of 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- red icing writer
- Preheat oven to 400 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest.
- Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into cookie dough and mix until combined.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.
- Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into circles.
- Bake 4 minutes on parchment lined baking sheets. Then remove parchment paper with cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Use a red icing writer to make two half circles on each cookie. Then take a toothpick to drag the icing out on each side to make the "stitching" on the baseball cookies.