Chocolate cutout cookies (they are decorated as basketballs, which you probably can’t tell)

This, is a basketball

The NCAA tournament starts this week, so to celebrate, I made chocolate cutouts decorated as basketballs. A year ago, we had no sports, so I am happy we have them to enjoy now! Those who know me, know my decorating skills are not good. These cookies are proof of that! Know that I tried my best!

It still tastes good!

Next time, I may try chocolate mini m&ms as the stripes!

  • Cookie ingredients
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp chocolate extract (or vanilla)
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions – cream butter and brown sugar. Add egg and extract. Fols,in,dry ingredients. On a floured surface, roll out to desired thickness and cut with a round cookie cutter. I chilled the dough for a few hours so the cookies would not spread. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees for 20 minutes. On a cookie tin lined with nonstick baking liners, stagger cookies.

Bake 10 minutes. Let cool completely.

  • Frosting ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1tbs heavy cream,or milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Red and yellow food coloring

Directions – cream butter and powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla. Using directions for orange on food coloring box, add food coloring. Frost cookies.

  • Chocolate icing ingredients and directions
  • 4 tbs butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs baking cocoa
  • Milk
  • Blend butter, powdered sugar and cocoa. Add enough milk, 1 tsp at a time to get the right consistency to pipe on stripes. (I cut off the end of a sandwich baggied and piped it, disastrously, as you can see). Store in covered container.
Happy ncaa tournament 2021!

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