Basketball Goal Cookies

Growing up, basketball was one of my least favorite pastimes.  As an adult the sentiment didn’t change much.  As a matter of fact, the only thing I really like about basketball is decorating basketball-themed cookies.  So, this is what I do while my husband watches the game.

Decorated Basketball Goal CookieI made my basketball goal cookies with various skull cutters and a random snowman, which you may already own.  If not, skull cutters can be found in most online cookie cutter shops {look in the sidebar for links}.

Basketball Goal Cookie CutterTo make these cookies you will need:

  • Orange piping and flood icing
  • Orange airbrush color {optional}
  • White piping and flood icing
  • Red 20-second icing
  • Black piping icing

Begin by using a small round cutter and food safe marker to draw circles on the blank cookie.  This will serve as a guide when piping basketballs.

Basketball Goal Cookies 1Outline and flood the balls and let dry overnight.

Basketball Goal Cookies 2The next day, use stretch plain nylon netting over an embroidery hoop and use an airbrush to spray texture onto the basketballs.  You can simplify the process by skipping this step if you like.

Basketball Goal Cookies 3Once the airbrush color is dry {this will not take very long} outline and flood the rest of the goal white.  Quickly create the backboard by dropping red 20-second icing directly over the wet white icing.  Remember to move quickly while the white is still wet so that the red will settle into the base color and create a smooth, even surface.

Basketball Goal Cookies 4When the first layer is dry, finish up with a few details.  Use red 20-second icing to create the rim {you could also use piping icing and the flat side of a #47 tip}, then pipe line on the basketball and add a net.

Basketball Goal Cookies 5Mix with simple basketball cookies to complete the set.  You could also add personalized players and jerseys if you like.

Basketball Cookies SweetsugarbelleRemember the random snowman cutter I mentioned earlier?  That ended up being my favorite version of all.  The next time basketball cookies are on the agenda, it’s definitely at the top of my list.

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  1. 1
    Janis says:

    Where do you find the nylon netting? I looked at joanne’s when I got an embroidery hoop, but couldn’t find any

  2. 2

    I love your techniques, I hope some day do something like this!!

    Regards from México!

  3. 3
    Giselle says:

    You nailed it! These are incredible. I would love to live inside your head….or maybe just next door lol.

  4. 4
    Sandy says:


  5. 5

    Once again, the skull cutter for the win! :) So simple and fun!

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    Christine Shen - Sugar Cravings says:

    Love them and love that netting! Thanks for sharing Callye!

  7. 7
    Gail says:

    Fabulous, again.

  8. 8

    Great tutorial! Love the creativity of using skulls. I need to start looking at my skull cutter better.

  9. 9

    You amaze me once again! I wish I could see all the different things I could make with all my cookie cutters.

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    Suzanne says:

    brilliant! and i just got rid of my embroidery looms! So so smart. Jill at FCS uses this a lot with lace, right?
    Seriously you are amazing!!


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