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:
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 clipartÂ of a t-shirt, printed it, and cut it out to use as a template.
You can use a large circle cookie cutter to cut off the sleeves.
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 toÂ make a squareÂ cookie for our bracket.
Make sure it’s BIG. You have to fitÂ A LOTÂ on that bracket (68 teams, to be exact). I used another template, or you can find a plastic container.
Use a knife to cut around the rim.
Bake your cookies in the oven at 350Â° 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.
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 timeÂ to theÂ other 2/3Â for flooding.
I believe that homemade is almost always better,Â however, there is a shortcutÂ available. Royal frosting can be very frightening. Much like howÂ I feel about centipedes.
Simply buy someÂ pre-made icing here.
Now let’s decorate. Use thick icing in piping bag to outline jersey and bracket cookies (make sure they are fully cooled after baking).
Then quickly flood with the thing icing.
See those little bubbles? I am not only lazy at times, but also impatient. I made my icing and used it right away.Â 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.
These can beÂ 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.
Use your print-out and CAREFULLY write out the teams. I used blue to highlight the winning teams for each matchup.
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.
As you get towards the center, it gets much easier to write.
Don’t forget to add a title at the top!
Now for the basketball jersey. This is so easy.
Or, if you are rooting for Butler:
Â I know I got a little excited and skipped a few steps for that one. You get the point, though.
Not too shabby…
I hope you enjoyed my Â tutorial! If you like my custom-madeÂ cookies, please feel free to contact me.
Speaking of sports, check back soon to find out how just how good baseball can taste.