Decorated Basketball Cookies

Since the beginning of the NBA playoffs there’s been a lot of basketball watching at my house. I’m not much of a fan so I’ve had to find other ways to entertain myself while my husband monopolizes the TV.  I bet you’ll never guess what I decided to do.

Perfect Basketball CookiesI don’t usually get excited about basketball cookies, but ever since spotting Jill FCS’s brilliant football cookie design I’ve been dying to try this technique.  I love how one simple detail can completely refresh a tired old cookie design.

To make decorated basketball cookies you will need:

  • Light orange or yellow piping and flood icing {this is a great time to use up random leftovers}
  • Orange airbrush color
  • Nylon netting
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Black piping icing

Begin by outlining and flooding the cookie as pictured below.  Be sure to use a lighter shade of orange or yellow for the base so there’s a noticeable contrast when you move on to the second step.

Perfect Basketball Cookies1When the cookies are completely dry {this can take anywhere from 4-24 hours}, secure the nylon netting in the embroidery hoop, place it over the flooded cookies {we’ve talked about this before HERE}, then lightly spray with orange airbrush color.  If you don’t have an airbrush, aerosol food color spray also works well.

Perfect Basketball Cookies 2The details can be as simple or complex as you like.

I’ve been kind of obsessed with perspective lately so I used my Kopykake…but traditional lines look just as nice and are very easy to pipe without assistance.  It’s totally up to you.

Basketball Collage 3Thanks to the inspiration from other artists, I’ve finally found a basketball design I’m happy with.  Now all I need to do is work on getting my television back.  Good luck, right?

Basketball CookiesFor more sports-themed cookie inspiration, check out the following links:

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  1. 11
    Dyan says:

    Love these cookies Callye & Jill!! Where do you get that type of netting? And will it work without the hoop?

  2. 12
    Claudia Almaguer says:

    On your basketball tutorial (which by the way it’s awesome!), I see what looks like some basketball courts in background in one of the pics. Do you have a pic of the finished cookie?

    • 12.1
      Sweetsugarbelle says:

      There’s a partial on Instagram…I’ll post a tutorial soon. I made one, I just never edited the pictures :-(

  3. 13
    Janis says:

    This would be good for golf balls too, right? I have 2 big golf outing orders coming up!

  4. 14
    Tiffany Walters says:

    Hi! Can you recommend an airbrush to buy? I don’t want to buy one that’s more than I need.



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