How to Make a Basketball Cookie

A step-by-step guide on how to make a basketball cookie. This guide includes pictures and instructions on how to make the cookie and decorate it.


In this guide, you will learn how to make a basketball cookie. This treat is perfect for game day or any time you want to show your love for the sport. With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a delicious and impressive cookie that will be sure to score points with your friends and family.

What You’ll Need

To make these delightful cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:
-1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
-1 cup granulated sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
Orange gel food coloring
Brown gel food coloring
Yellow gel food coloring
Cookie decorating icing in black and white

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until everything is well combined. If the dough is too sticky to work with, add a little more flour until it is the right consistency.

Roll the dough into balls about an inch in diameter. Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and press down slightly. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden brown and set. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Shaping the Cookies

Once you have your cookie dough prepared, it’s time to start shaping the cookies. You will want to use a basketball-shaped cookie cutter for this. If you don’t have one, you can use a round cookie cutter and then use a small knife to cut out the center of the circle, making it into a ring.

Once you have your cookie cutter, gently press it into the dough, being careful not to press too hard or the dough will break. If the dough is too soft, place it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to firm up.

Once you have cut out all of your cookies, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Make sure they are spaced out evenly so they have room to spread while baking.

Baking the Cookies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a small bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually add in the sifted flour and baking soda until well blended. Finally, stir in the oats and chocolate chips

Roll the dough into walnut sized balls, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. cookies will spread during baking.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes; transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorating the Cookies

Once you have baked the cookies and let them cool, it is time to decorate them. You will need:
-A basketball cookie cutter
-Red and black edible markers
-A small paintbrush
-White frosting
-Red and black sprinkles

To decorate the cookies, first use the cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Next, use the edible markers to draw lines on the cookies to make them look like a basketball. Once you have done this, use the small paintbrush to paint on some white frosting. Finally, add red and black sprinkles to the top of the cookies.

Storing the Cookies

You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Tips and Tricks

Assuming you have the necessary supplies (a basketball cookie cutter, frosting, etc.), there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your cookies turn out looking great.

-When cutting out the cookies, be sure to use a sharp knife and cut slowly and evenly. If the cookie cutter is not sharp, the edges of the cookie will be jagged and uneven.
-When frosting the cookies, use a piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off to get nice, clean lines. You can also use a fork to create a lace-like effect on the frosting.
-If you want to get really creative, you can use food coloring to tint the frosting different colors. This is especially effective if you’re making team-themed cookies.
-Finally, be sure to let the frosting dry completely before packaging or stacking the cookies, otherwise they may stick together.


Q: Do I need a special basketball-shaped cookie cutter?
A: Nope! Any round cookie cutter will do. Just be sure to make the cookies big enough so that there’s room to add all the details.

Q: What kind of icing should I use?
A: You can use any type of piping icing, but we find that royal icing works best for these cookies. It’s easy to control and lets you create super smooth lines.

Q: Can I make these without the piping tip?
A: Yes, but it will be more difficult to get clean lines and smooth curves. If you don’t have a piping tip, you can use a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off instead.


In conclusion, making a basketball cookie is simple and only requires a few ingredients. With this guide, anyone can make a delicious and impressive cookie that is sure to please.

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