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How to Decorate Basketball Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

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March Madness has started so it is time to learn how to decorate some delicious basketball cookies with buttercream frosting. These basketball cookies are so easy and do not require a bunch of tools. They are the perfect dessert to serve friends and family watching the games with you.

Of course, these are a great snack for kid’s basketball teams, too.

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Part 1: Gathering the Supplies for Decorating Basketball Cookies

To decorate basketball cookies with buttercream frosting, you will want to gather:

Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags

  1. Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to the recipe. You will be able to make about 18 sugar cookies with the recipe above and a medium sized circle cookie cutter.
  2. Make your buttercream icing and separate it into two bowls:
    • One bowl will only contain about a third a cup of frosting, color that black.
    • The rest of the frosting will be dyed orange.
    • ***Remember, your colors will develop over time so just get to a medium-dark shade of each color.
  3. Set up your icing bags as follows:
    • Place the black icing into a bag with the tip #4 in it and the orange frosting into a bag with the tip #12 in it.

Part 3: Decorating Basketball Cookies

Watch the video above to see how easy it is to decorate basketball cookies. Then check out the photo tutorial below when it is time to decorate.

  1. Use the tip #12 attached to the orange icing bag and pipe out a circle of frosting around the edge of the cookie. A pro tip is to hold the tip close to the cookie so the top is more flat rather than logs of frosting. Then, fill in the circle. orange buttercream with a tip #12 orange buttercream with a tip #12
  2. Smooth the orange frosting with the palette knife or offset angled spatula. It doesn’t need to be perfect. smoothing buttercream with a palette kniferoughly smoothed buttercream frosting
  3. Pour some orange nonpareils onto a plate that is large enough to fit the cookie. Flip the cookie upside down onto the plate and cover the frosting with orange nonpareils. Use the palette knife or flat spatula to smooth the edges of the circle, pushing the nonpareils so that the outside edge is still a clean line. smoothing edge of nonpareil with palette knifeorange nonpareil on basketball cookie for basketball texture
  4. Use the black frosting with tip #4 to draw the lines of the basketball. Check out the photo series here to see how to do this if basketballs are intimidating to you. No judgement because it was to me! decorating basketball sugar cookies decorating basketball sugar cookies decorating basketball sugar cookies decorating basketball sugar cookies


How fun are these basketball cookies? If you need to individually package these or bring them to the team game, check out my tips here.

March Madness cookies or snack for kid's games

I’d love to know in the comments below, what’s your favorite sport to watch or play? I love playing and watching volleyball but basketball is pretty fun, too.

Save the Tutorial for These Basketball Sugar Cookies

Make sure to save this decorated basketball cookie tutorial! Use the image below to pin it to your party or March Madness board on Pinterest. Alternatively, use any of the social share icons on the top of the page to share it to your favorite social media site.  

How to Decorate March Madness Basketball Sugar Cookies

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