These baseball royal icing sugar cookies are not only adorable, they are delicious and very easy to make, even for the beginner cookie decorator!
Baseball. My family loves baseball…and I love baseball because it’s not super aggressive like football. Haha! Yes, I’m that mom.
My dad grew up playing the classic 1950s/60s sandlot baseball. Just a group of boys getting together and playing baseball at the local park. p.s. The Sandlot movie is one of my all-time favorite movies. It’s just so cute and classic and a time that I wish my own boys were growing up in.
My dad shared his love of baseball with my brother, who grew up playing organized baseball.
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This love of the sport has filtered down to my own two boys who absolutely adore the game of baseball. For my one son, it’s the perfect sport because he’s great at repetition and honing in on perfecting a skill.
Shortly after moving across the country from North Carolina to Wisconsin, my youngest son turned 6. We decided to do a baseball themed party! He is a little daddy wanna-be, therefore his favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs…nothing like celebrating the rival team of Wisconsin upon arrival, hahaha! –
He was able to celebrate with his new class just before school ended for the summer, so I baked two dozen sugar cookies using my all-time favorite sugar cookie recipe: my mom’s class sugar cookies.
However, instead of rolling them out thin like my mom always does, I made them much thicker, almost 1/4″ thick, which made them extra amazing!!! They were soft and perfect!! I could have eaten all 24 just myself! …then I made another huge batch for our family party!
Oddly, I did not take any photos of the process. Most likely because I was making them during the middle of the night…story of my life! So we’ll walk through the process with impromptu photos- – sorry!
Sugar Cookie Recipe
You’ll need to begin by making the sugar cookies. This recipe needs to chill in the refrigerator for several hours before using the dough, so it’s best to plan ahead and prepare the dough much in advance. I often times make the cookie dough and let it sit in the refrigerator a whole day before rolling it out into cookies.
Here’s my favorite sugar cookie recipe that works great for decorating!
Royal Icing Recipe
Once the cookies are baked and ready to go, let them cool while you prepare the royal icing. Here is my absolute favorite royal icing recipe. It’s only three ingredients and literally impossible to mess up! Plus, there’s no sour after taste to this recipe. I’ve tried many different kinds of royal icing recipes, and some of them leave a kind of sour/bitter taste after biting into the cookie.
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How To Pipe A Baseball on A Sugar Cookie
Step 1: The process starts by outlining the baseball with a Wilton #4 cake decorating tip.
Step 2: Flood the inside of the cookie with the same color that you piped the outline with. You can choose to use a larger tip if you’d like to speed up the flooding process. Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles.
Step 3: Once the white royal icing has set up, usually around 1 minute, you can pipe on the baseball stitches. I realize that I didn’t really pipe the stitches on the correct directions, however, they were still super cute!
Store the decorated cookies in an airtight container or in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
I absolutely love the way they turned out – so easy and so cute!!
And of course I made an adorable baseball shirt for him and look-alike baseball tickets for his friend party! I’ll have to share more about his party soon!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I store decorated cookies?
A: Decorated cookies should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If the indoor temperature is on the warm side, store the decorated sugar cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Q: Can you freeze decorated sugar cookies?
A: Yes, you can store decorated cookies in the freezer. Here are some best-practice tips:
- Allow the royal icing to completely
- Tightly wrap each cookie with plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container
Store properly packaged cookies in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat the cookies, remove the frozen cookies from the freezer 1 day before you need them and place them in the refrigerator for controlled thawing.
Q: How do I make red royal icing?
A: Making red royal icing can be tricky, as it often times looks like pink. There is no exact measurement for making red royal icing because it will depend on how dark of a red you want. I prefer to use the Wilton Red Gel to mix into my white royal icing.