Sunday, November 16, 2008

How to Make Soccer Ball Cookies

As a former teacher, I'm a natural sucker for cuteness and kids. I'm the Mom that that makes sure that her son has a cute backpack/lunch box (Red Sox, of course), cute haircut (just short enough to spike, if needed), and cute clothes (collared shirts and preppy shorts to school). I'm sure my kid could care a less about that sort of thing, but I know he'll thank me later.

When the sport's team parties come around, I'm the sucker who volunteers to create end-of-the-season treats. Our undefeated soccer team deserved something special this year: Soccer Ball Cookies.

Never having made Soccer Ball Cookies, I googled the title and didn't care for a single picture that I saw. They all looked a little too much... well... not like soccer balls. So I came up with my own plan... a three day cookie project.

Day One: I made my usual No-Fail Sugar Cookies recipe. It's actually a delicious recipe, and the cookies are easy to roll and cut. Compliments are always abundant on how these taste. I edged each cookie with a slightly thick, white Glace Icing. This icing recipe is very forgiving... if it's too soupy, just add more powdered sugar, and if it's too thick, just add a little more milk until it's a desired consistency.

Once the edges were set up a bit, I spooned a slightly thinner version of Glace Icing into the centers. Gently pushing the icing to the edge, the border acted as a dam that contained the icing and did not let it overflow onto the table.

I googled "hexagon images" and came up with several size choices for the shape. I cut it out, traced it on thin cardboard and had my desired pattern. The approx. 1 1/2-inch pattern was used to trace the hexagons on all of my cookies (with the thin tip of a sharp knife). I found it was really easy to mark the lines while the icing was still slightly soft. It would have been much easier to use a hexagon cookie cutter to create the same indentations, but I wasn't thinking far enough ahead to order one in time.

Day Two: Once the white icing had an opportunity to harden, it was time to tackle the black icing. I used a whole bottle of black food coloring for a half recipe of Glace Icing. This assured a nice, dark black color. I was careful to make the black icing thick enough so that it would hold its form through a thin tip but thin enough to get through the hole of the tip easily. I should mention that I used liquid food coloring, which made the regular icing recipe super thin. I simply added additional powdered sugar until it reached the desired consistency.

This was the messiest and most difficult part of the whole process. Messy, because my hands were blackened with the whole process but all rinsed away without a problem. Difficult, because you really must have a steady hand and you must be careful not to drip the black icing onto other parts of the cookie or onto other cookies.

I carefully edged every imprinted hexagon- as shown in the picture- and then let those edges set up until slightly hardened. The nice thing about this part is that if you get tired at any point during decorating, just slip the icing tub into a ziploc bag while you relax for a while.

I then used a clean painbrush to 'paint' on the remainder of the black icing onto the hexagons... starting with the center hexagon and then coloring in alternating hexagons on the edges.


Here's the finished cookie. Amazingly enough, I didn't screw up a single cookie. I was psychotically careful about the whole process. This recipe makes exactly fifteen 6-inch-diameter cookies. You can make them any size you want, but I really wanted enough room for the hexagons to 'pop' and I also wanted them to look as realistic as possible. Since I don't have a 6-inch-round cookie cutter, I used a tupperware bowl... just turned it upside down and used the top of it as a cutter.

Day Three: After the icing had a good 24 hours to harden completely, each cookie was packaged individually with little tags for the kid's names.

I brought a basket of my finished Soccer Treats to the team party. Note to self... lay all cookies flat next time (sadly, a couple of the cookies broke in half when they were standing upright in the basket... they had softened slightly since we're having unusually warm 85 degree weather at the moment).

Broken or not, they were almost as big of a hit as the trophies. Congratulations Fireballs... on an excellent season of dribbling, kicking, and scoring, as well as great coaching & teamwork!

Next up is basketball season... that's a whole lot of orange icing!

The cookie recipe can be found HERE.
The Glace Icing recipe can be found HERE.

57 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

wow these are awesome . I m ordering a hexagon cookie cutter right now :) i really liked these. you re amzing

Emily said...

Ughhh, can you say OCD?!

Haha, I'm just kidding. The cookies are absolutely perfect and beautiful and cute and delicious.
I like them a lot.

CookiePie said...

WOW - that is quite a project! Worth it though - your cookies look bake-shop perfect. :)

Jennifer Hamilton said...

WOW!!!! My nephews would love those, will have to try!

Val said...

Wow, you did a fantasic job! You are so creative Lori!! I'm really impressed!

Manggy said...

Whoa, congratulations to YOU! They look phenomenal!

Daziano said...

That's an excellent idea!

Cathy said...

Those soccer players are going to love you and these amazing cookies. Your step by step instructions are excellent. These special cookies are worth the time they took.

nimblejacks said...

HA HA SO TIMELY MY SON HAS A SPORTS PARTY COMING UP AND THESE WOULD BE PERFECT YOU'RE A STAR

noble pig said...

OMG these are adorable but time-consuming...Wow. I'm sure the kids just loved them, you're such a good mom.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Cool idea to make them perfect! The other day I also had to make some, and I also wasn't pleased with the designs I found. It took me a while to get them as I wanted. Next time I might try your method!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic job. Everyone must have loved them.

Cute tags --- how did you do those? I need to make something similar and wasn't sure how to do it.

Again, awesome job. They look so good too.

That Girl said...

I've been doing a lot of "week long" baked goods projects lately. It's much easier than doing everything in one insanely long night.

Katelyn said...

These are amazing! I don't even have anyone who plays soccer and I want to make a huge batch of these! Very nice.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Those cookies are amazing! You did a fantastic job! In all my years of "Room Mom" experience, I've never made anything so perfect. Brava!

Ana said...

These are really cool Lori!
They are truly awesome! I wish I had seen this a few weeks ago, then I would have made them for my son's soccer team, I know they would love these.
I will sure make them next season though, they are too cool!!
Ana

Melanie said...

Ok, you are officially the greatest soccer mom alive. Seriously. Those cookies are amazing!

Amy J. said...

I am impressed! Those look awesome!

Anonymous said...

Those look great - but, for future reference, the pattern on a soccer ball is a combination of hexagons and pentagons.

RecipeGirl said...

anonymous... :(
And here I thought they were perfect. Oh well, the kids didn't know the difference (and no one else did either). I still think they look more like soccer balls than the other soccer ball cookies I've seen. Next time I'll try the mixture of pentagons and hexagons!

Tarah at Genesis of a Cook said...

Wow! I love it!! Awesome! They're perfect and so cute and I know they're yummy! :]

Medena said...

How great! I have just enrolled my son in soccer, he starts in the spring. I’m sure I’ll have a chance to make these. Awesome cookies, and great directions!

Katrina said...

AWESOME! Great job. I always HAVE intentions like that, but my execution is never THIS good! Way to go, Soccer Mom! ;) Baseballs, that's as far as I go, the simplest of balls to recreate, I think.

Aimée said...

What a cool soccer mom you are! I would totally slave over these for a cute little team.

Adam said...

Ha that's actually really cool of you. My mom is of course a great mom, but you really have a nice artsy knack about you. Your son is lucky to have someone so fun.

Meg said...

What an amazing job you did! They are so CUTE and perfectly packaged!

Psychgrad said...

Wow. You are very patient. Very cute. I'm not sure I'd have the patience.

Tanya said...

My gosh, those are so cute! Great job!

Laurie said...

Wow...simply wow...

You might just be up for the Mom of the Year award here.

Your directions are really great. Even though I don't have any soccer players, I loved learning about creating the ridge of icing to keep the glaze in. I've always adored the beautifully glazed cookies in magazines, but never knew how to do it.

Now I do, just when I'm beginning to get braver about baking cookies.

karl's sweet child said...

cutest thing!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations for the effort this must have taken! Think I would have made a stencil to paint the hexes black. Just don't have your patience.

FAMILY FIRST said...

You are one hell of a mom! I shall not show this to my son!

HoneyB said...

My nephew's would absolutely love these!!!

Culinarywannabe said...

These look awesome, and I'm sure the team loved them. I can only imagine how your hand felt after doing all these!

Grace said...

my good friend's husband is addicted to soccer, and he would hit the roof upon seeing these. nicely done!

VeggieGirl said...

A true work of art!!

Patsyk said...

They look adorable! My kids opted out of soccer this year... but, I bookmarked your baseball cookies for the spring!

mikky said...

so creative of you... i think my boys would love them... :)

Hillary said...

These are fantastic! I can't believe you didn't screw up a single cookie - that is talent! How long did it take you to the decorating with the black icing? That would have taken me forever!

Maria said...

Those are beyond cute!!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Adorable! What a wonderful treat!

Cakespy said...

As a former fullback, I think I could take the offense and do some damage to these babies :-)

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Kudos dear friend. You have the patience of a saint. The soccer cookies look fantastic. They were probably gobbled up in half the time it took you to make them. Great baking!

Anonymous said...

Can I be on your kids team? How fun. Love the cute tags too -- did you make them yourself or can you print that online somehow, and pick the designs?

RecipeGirl said...

re: the tags... I just bought blank tags at Michael's and added sticker letters and other stickers too.

Dawn said...

Ohhhh that's how you do it, use a paintbrush to fill in the bigger areas. See I learn something new each time I come here.
You have a good steady hand for this; they came out perfect. Hope the kids loved them.

Jo said...

Wow, these look great. I'm sure the boys loved it .. not forgetting the grown-up guys too! Great cookie bake idea!

Pamela said...

What perfectly round works of art! You did an amazing job, but that does not surprise me! :o)

Barbara said...

You really have lots of patience for this project and I'm sure your son appreciated all your effort.

I like the new food color pens.

Kim W said...

Ok, I just found your site and this cookie is going to make Saturday's game that much more fun! Thank you for this idea. Do you mind if I add your site to my "Chow Line"?

Kristen said...

You are super mom - oh my gosh! I would have gone crazy making those. I bet the team was thrilled to pieces! What a labor of love.

Laurie said...

These are fabulous! Your kids must rise up and call you blessed.. because you definitely score high marks on my tally card!!
..and I am not so good at keeping up with the kids' haircuts, so when I see the darling little boys all lined up at Sunday school with perfectly spiked hair I have to applaud all those moms.. and the boys for staying still long enough to have hair glue added! :)

Candy said...

So cute. My son plays hockey. It will be a lot easier to make pucks!

Deborah said...

I am SO impressed. I have to do stars for a church event next month, and I've been dreading all the work, and they won't be nearly as intense as these!

Huda said...

Very nice cookies, I did make them and they looked real nice. I am a little lazy, I could not see myself
tracing around that hexagon over and over, so I copied and pasted a picture of the cookie edited it the same size as my cookie and printed it off. I then cut out only the black hexagon shapes and traced around them. like making a patteren for the cookie. After all the cut out are traced around, you can connected them with the lines using the picture as a guide.

Thanks for the great idea, my grandson will like them.

Anonymous said...

while it’s true that a real soccer ball is made up of hexagons and pentagons to create a spherical (3-D) shape - the pattern won’t align properly when drawn flat and therefore wouldn’t translate onto a cookie. so the hexagons you used are perfect! i’m going to do my best to follow your directions and channel your steady hand. thanks so much!

Sarah said...

Loved the way you explained how to make those cookies. Tried out the recipe and it turned out great! Thanks a million!
I would also like to add a tip, I couldn't find black food coloring. So, I used chocolate frosting and added a small capful of blue food coloring. Awesome cookies really!