When I said that Labor Day weekend became a bit of a cookie extravaganza, what I meant was: I made two types of cookies that weren’t chocolate chip in one weekend! Gasp! I am not quite sure what got into me this weekend, but the results were awfully tasty. My friends have had Rutgers football season tickets for a few years, and while I always grumble about how tickets are sold out and I can’t just buy a single game ticket, I haven’t done much about it. Patt and Irma have an extra ticket to each game this season, and offered a few to me, so I got to go to the season opener on Labor Day. Since they are big about tailgating, I said, “Hey! I’ll bring cookies,” because what else am I going to bring? And since I’m unofficially boycotting chocolate chip cookies for a while, I decided to be completely crazy and make red and white football shaped cookies. It’s what you would do, isn’t it?
I used our family’s go-to butter cookie recipe, which is so easy and simple it’s not funny. Of course, the rolling and cookie-cuttering and re-rolling and glazing and icing is not simple. It’s still easy, it’s just a bit labor intensive. Beyond worth it, though. My favorite part of this whole endeavor? The cookie cutter.
My mom has quite a stash of cookie cutters, collected during her years teaching the three year old class at her school (they used it for homemade playdough, duh!). She did not have a football. She did, however, have a dog bone. “Who on earth needs a dog bone cookie cutter?” she asked, and proceeded to bend the crap out of it. I took over and was quite satisfied with my design, which looked exactly like a lumpy potato. My dad and then my brother came to the rescue, first with plyers, and then with very specific ideas of what a football should look like. And so I went to work.
I used a glaze made from confectioners’ sugar and food coloring, and just your plain old tube of white frosting for the laces. That was a pain, but mostly because I didn’t read the instructions and merely poked a hole in the end of the package, rather than cutting the whole end off. Oh well. The cookies are adorable and I am SO happy with them. Coming soon, to your next Superbowl party: football cookies! (And imagine! Baseball cookies! Basketballs! Those I could do without sacrificing old cookie cutters, even!)
The game didn’t turn out as well (I mean, how could it? It’s not baseball!), but there was something pretty magical about being in a sold-out stadium full of people wearing red. Especially since Rutgers’ football team sucked so very badly when I was a student that no one went to games. I’m totally glad I went, and I’m definitely looking forward to going back. Oh, and here’s the recipe for the cookies:
Simple Butter Cookies, recipe from a family friend
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup orange juice
4 1/4 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar; add egg yolk, then juice. Add flour slowly. Chill dough for one hour. Pre-heat oven to 350. Bake 12-20 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies get light brown. Dough freezes well.
8 thoughts on “Labor Day Cookie Extravaganza, Part Two”
Seriously? These look awesome. Yeah, not only do you love sports, you can also bake things into sporty shapes. Somewhere out there a very cool guy is standing alone at a game of some sort (let’s hope it’s baseball!) thinking his world is incomplete without something…sweet…with icing…and shaped like a ball.
(and someone cool to bring him said item)
oh Jackie, I SO hope you’re right. 🙂
Somewhere out there a very cool guy is standing alone at a game of some sort (let’s hope it’s baseball!) thinking his world is incomplete without something…sweet…with icing…and shaped like a ball.
I think Jackie’s right. Some foxy baseball fan (NOT Yankees) is out there right now, pondering forlornly about how his life is devoid of both baseball-shaped cookies and the awesome woman who bakes them.
(These cookies are SO cute, and I’m so glad you shared the recipe!)
thanks, Schnookie! Now all I have to do is figure out where those guys are hiding. And you know, this recipe makes GREAT christmas/holiday cookies, too, and then you can have fun with sprinkles and red hots and all sorts of things.
Well I do love sprinkles and red hots!
(If you find where Foxy McLovesSportsThemedCookies is hiding, find out if he has a brother and whether that brother likes hockey, will ya? Thanks!)
If you find where Foxy McLovesSportsThemedCookies is hiding, find out if he has a brother and whether that brother likes hockey, will ya? Thanks!
Oh, will do. Perchance the McLovesSportsThemedCookies Brothers will see this post one day and chuckle. 🙂
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