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Beach Ball Cookies {with tutorial!}

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Beach ball cookies are a fun and unique way to celebrate summer! Enjoy them at the end of the school year picnic or by the pool

Beach ball cookies are a fun and unique way to celebrate summer! Enjoy these festive beach ball cookies at the end of the school year picnic or by the pool

It used to be pretty rare that I baked or cooked anything that was too involved.  Generally if it had more than 5-7 ingredients and half a dozen steps I moseyed on to the next recipe.  Then I started a food blog.  And while I absolutely adore my one pot meals and simple sweet treats I also like to mix it up every once in awhile.

If you’ve spent any time at all on Facebook then you’ve probably come across one of those cookie tutorials, yeah?  I. am. obsessed.  Like so obsessed it’s ridiculous.  There was the leprechaun at St. Patrick’s Day, the bunnies for Easter, and the watermelon for summer.  Plus SO many more.  But one thing I hadn’t seen was a beach ball.  I couldn’t even find more than one tutorial on YouTube.  And here I’d found it.

Beach ball cookies are a fun and unique way to celebrate summer! Enjoy these festive beach ball cookies at the end of the school year picnic or by the pool

It was a simple shape, which was perfect.  Didn’t require me to go out and buy any special ingredients and it is SUPER ADORABLE!  Did I mention it was super adorable?  But also labor intensive.  No joke.  I only made 1/2 a recipe and it took me 90 minutes to frost them.  90 minutes for 12 cookies!

At this point in my story I’m starting to wonder why I’m telling you it took me ages to frost cookies and only half the recipe at that.  Old me would have gotten to the 90 minutes part, my eyes would have bugged out, and I’d have clicked on to the next recipe.  But wait!  These cookies are a labor of love.  And they might have taken me a little longer because I was stubborn and didn’t want to get 5 bowls dirty all at once to make all the colors all at once to have them all ready.  So I was constantly back and forth in the kitchen washing the bowl, drying the bowl, washing the squeeze bottle, drying the squeeze bottle, filling the squeeze bottle.  Coloring and adding new frosting.

Beach ball cookies are a fun and unique way to celebrate summer! Enjoy these festive beach ball cookies at the end of the school year picnic or by the pool

In actuality you could probably have these babies done in 30 minutes flat!  If you’re not back and forth and back and forth to save yourself on dishes because you live without a dishwasher.  Which makes life as a food blogger very very sad.  But I digress.  These cookies.  Make them.  You’ll be the coolest mom at field day.  Or the awesome mom at the pool party.  Or the best aunt evar.  Like for reals.

See?  Easy peasy.  I used a teeny tiny tip to make my lines because unlike the tutorial on YouTube I watched 50,439,732 times I didn’t want any white showing between my colors.  The small lines worked perfectly to keep the flood icing from oozing off the side of the cookie but allow the icing to run RIGHT to the barrier.  Delicious.  I mean gorgeous.

Beach ball cookies are a fun and unique way to celebrate summer! Enjoy these festive beach ball cookies at the end of the school year picnic or by the pool

I even used a different icing recipe this time.  I could say I was being adventurous and wanted to bring y’all a different technique but really it’s cause I was too lazy to go to the store and buy some meringue powder, which is how I made my royal icing for these conversation heart cookies.  Ride the lazy train with me, y’all!  This icing worked just as well and still doesn’t have any egg whites in it.  Boom!

How has your cooking awesomeness evolved over time?

Meaghan

Beach ball cookies are a fun and unique way to celebrate summer! Enjoy these festive beach ball cookies at the end of the school year picnic or by the pool

Beach Ball Cookies {with tutorial!}

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For the Royal Icing:

  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 ½ Tbs milk
  • ¼ tsp lemon juice

Instructions

For the Cookies:

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. Sift together flour and salt and add in two batches to the butter mixture. Mix until just combined each time.
  3. Cover dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough to ¼" thickness and using a 3 inch round cookie cutter cut cookies and place on a lined or greased baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

For the Royal Icing:

  1. Sift powdered sugar into a stand mixer and add in milk.
  2. Mix on low speed until well combined, then mix on medium speed for 2-3 minutes and add lemon juice*
  3. Whip until stiff peaks form. Use the thicker icing for piping borders.
  4. To create flood icing for decorating add water in ½ tsp increments, stirring well with a spatula until a ribbon of icing disappears in a count of 2.

To Decorate:

  1. Using thicker royal icing, pipe 3 curved and intersecting lines to create the sections of the ball then pipe around the outside of the cookie.
  2. Taking each color, fill in a section of the cookie with your flood icing and gently move it into the corners with a toothpick or needle. Use the toothpick or needle to poke out any air bubbles that appear.
  3. Cover the area where all the colors meet with a white dot for the top of the beach ball.
  4. Allow cookies to set until icing is firm.

 

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Marie@The Interior Frugalista

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Hi Meaghan, your adorable beach ball cookies caught my eye at the Lou Lou Girls Party - so cute!

Meaghan

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Well, thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to let me know! These cookies are inspirational and I can't wait to make several different ones in the months to come!

~Meaghan

Farha - faskitchen

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

wow, looks so spectacular. it's really very creative, fabulous

Meaghan

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

Thank you, Farha! These were really fun to create and I've already got requests for more shapes :) Woohoo!!

~Meaghan

Madonna

Monday 22nd of June 2015

Meaghan, I feel the same way you do/did. I want it easy, big payback with minimal work. But, your cookies are adorable.

Meaghan

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

I find myself being a little more creative but those simple, effortless recipes are my go to every time! Thanks for stopping by :)

~Meaghan

Jennifer A

Monday 22nd of June 2015

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

Meaghan

Monday 22nd of June 2015

My cookie decorating video obsession is real. Thanks for hosting!

~Meaghan

Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother)

Thursday 18th of June 2015

Very cute! And this icing is perfect for people with egg allergies

Meaghan

Thursday 18th of June 2015

It is! I'd never thought of that :) It doesn't set completely like it does when you use meringue powder but they were still delicious!

~Meaghan