Thursday, March 27, 2014

Baseball Cookies

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
  1. Preheat oven to 400 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in egg, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into cookie dough and mix until combined. 
  5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.
  6. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into circles.
  7. Bake 4 minutes on parchment lined baking sheets.  Then remove parchment paper with cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  8. 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.
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