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Big night tonight! It’s the NCAA National Championship game (men’s college basketball, for those of you who live under a rock).

Fortunately, little events such as these allow me to make:

Custom made cookies by 1 Fine Cookie Cookies!

Piping on the nostrils of those Bulldogs were tedious to say the least, which got me thinking.. What would be a a simpler way to create your own awesome March Madness cookies? Time for a tutorial!

First, you will need sugar cookie dough. the recipe for that and the royal icing you will use is here.

Cut out basketball jerseys. I used google images to search for clipart of a t-shirt, printed it, and cut it out to use as a template.

Basketball Jersey Cookie Template

You can use a large circle cookie cutter to cut off the sleeves.

Basketball Jersey Cookies

If you are the type of person who is too lazy to answer the door for the delivery guy , then this might not work for you.

Don’t be embarrassed. Laziness is a very common disease in America. I once tried to pay my brother $2 to carry me upstairs. True story.

You can always purchase a cookie cutter shaped like a jersey from here.

Now we need to make a square cookie for our bracket.

Square Cookie for Bracket

Make sure it’s BIG. You have to fit A LOT on that bracket (68 teams, to be exact). I used another template, or you can find a plastic container.

Container and dough

Use a knife to cut around the rim.

Bake your cookies in the oven at 350° and keep in mind that the larger cookies take longer. I suggest baking the jersey cookies for about 12 minutes, and the bracket cookies on a separate baking sheet for about 15 minutes.

Next, make royal icing. Here is my tutorial for royal icing.

Royal Icing

I made 1/3 of the icing thick (add confectioner’s sugar to thicken it up) to outline the cookies, and then add a little water at a time to the other 2/3 for flooding.

I believe that homemade is almost always better, however, there is a shortcut available. Royal frosting can be very frightening. Much like how I feel about centipedes.

Simply buy some pre-made icing here.

If using homemade, fill a decorating bottle (a condiment bottle  from the grocery store will work) with the thin icing,

Fill decorating bottle with royal icing. and piping bag with thick icing.

Decorating bottle and piping bag

Now let’s decorate. Use thick icing in piping bag to outline jersey and bracket cookies (make sure they are fully cooled after baking).

Jersey cookie outline

Bracket cookie outline

Then quickly flood with the thing icing.

Flood basketball jersey with royal icing

Flood icing into bracket cookie

See those little bubbles? I am not only lazy at times, but also impatient. I made my icing and used it right away. If you make your own royal icing, let it sit for a couple of hours for air bubbles to come to the top (cover with a wet towel so it doesn’t dry out!). Then use a spoon to mix the top of the icing and release them. If you still get air bubble after flooding cookies, use a toothpick to pop them.

Let the cookies dry overnight.

Now it’s time to decorate. Have you ever heard of food pens? If not, you’re welcome.

Food Pens

These can be used to draw on food. Don’t worry, it’s FDA approved. Americolor and Wilton both sell these. You can find them at craft stores, baking supply stores, and online.

Now, print out a the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket.

Use a ruler to mark out 16 sections on both the right, and the left.

Ruler as a guideline to make your bracket

Use your print-out and CAREFULLY write out the teams. I used blue to highlight the winning teams for each matchup.

Write the team names on your bracket cookie

Now, draw rectangles around each matchup. Draw rectangles using food pen on bracket

For every two games, draw a connecting rectangle. Keep a careful eye on your print-out so you don’t screw up. It took me three ruined cookies to learn my lesson.

Draw second set of recangles on each side

As you get towards the center, it gets much easier to write.

Cookie Bracket

Don’t forget to add a title at the top!

March Madness Cookie

Now for the basketball jersey. This is so easy.

First UConn:

1.UConn Cookie 1

2. UConn Cookie 2

3.  UConn Cookie 3

4. UConn cookie 4

Or, if you are rooting for Butler:

1. Butler Cookie 1


Butler cookie 2

 I know I got a little excited and skipped a few steps for that one. You get the point, though.

Basketball and bracket jersey cookies

Not too shabby…

I hope you enjoyed my  tutorial! If you like my custom-made cookies, please feel free to contact me.

Speaking of sports, check back soon to find out how just how good baseball can taste.

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11 Responses to March Madness and Basketball Jersey Cookies

  1. Gina B says:

    Hi Jasmine! 🙂 Awesome post! I’ve recently gotten into reading fitness/food blogs, and I’m so excited for you with your new bloggy! Good luck!!

  2. Jasmin Fine says:

    Thanks Gina! I really appreciate that you took the time to comment with encouraging words. Please come back soon (or just subscribe) for more recipes and tutorials. Have a lovely day!

  3. BestOodles says:

    Great post! Very creative and patience!

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  8. Gwenevere says:

    Go DAWGS! Ok so it’s over, but still…Those are great. So did you pipe or draw the Dawg details on those cookies? Either way, I’m super SUPER impressed!

  9. Dboll says:

    I love , bookmarked for future reference

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