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Decorated Baseball Cookies with Royal Icing

Celebrate the win of your team with realistically decorated baseball cookies.

Three round cookies decorated with royal icing to look like baseballs.

HOW TO MAKE DECORATED BASEBALL COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING

Are you planning a baseball-themed birthday party, or perhaps you want to cheer up a friend who is a baseball enthusiast? Below you’ll find step-by-step instructions on how to decorate baseball cookies with basic decorating tools.

I use an airbrush in this cookie decorating tutorial to give the baseball a “dirty” appearance. Don’t worry if you don’t have an airbrush.an I’ll share an alternative way to achieve the “dirty” baseball look.

TO MAKE DECORATED BASEBALL COOKIES YOU NEED

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STEP 1: ICE ROUND COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING

Start by tracing the decorating guide onto a cookie with an edible marker. Then outline and flood the middle section with 15-second consistency white icing. Use a scribe tool to smooth and evenly distribute the icing. Let the icing crust well, for about 30 minutes (steps 1-8).

Flooding the middle of the round cookies with white icing.

Once the middle section is well-crusted, outline and flood both sections on each side (steps 1-8).

Round cookies, iced with white icing, scribe tool smoothing the icing.

STEP 2: AIRBRUSHING

The purpose of airbrushing is to create a high level of realism. And so, if you have a food-only airbrush, you can quickly give the baseball cookies an upgrade with just a few strokes. To “dirty” up the baseball cookie, I used brown airbrush color and also some green for grass marks. If you don’t have an airbrush, keep on reading. Below I’ll share an alternative to airbrushing that you can use to decorate baseball cookies.

Airbrushing a cookie with brown and green food coloring.

If airbrushing is out of the question, you can use several things to “dirty” up the baseball. You can use brown petal dust. Dip a dry food-only paintbrush in brown petal dust and then apply the dust onto the seams. Brush it on well with a dry, fluffier brush (steps 1-4). You can try ground cinnamon if you don’t have brown petal dust.

Applying brown dust onto dry royal icing with a paintbrush.

STEP 3: BASEBALL STITCHING

To create the baseball stitching I used a simple technique, creating the depth with a brown edible marker (FooDoodlers).

Draw brown dots along the seams. Make the dots small but big enough so when you pipe the red stitch, red will not completely cover the dot (steps 1-3).

Hand holding an edible marker, drawing on dry icing.

Now you can pipe the stitching with piping consistency red icing. Start each red line in the middle or slightly past the center of the brown dot. Remember that brown dots must remain partly visible for the realistic stitching effect. Repeat on both seams (steps 1-3).

Piping short red lines onto a cookie.
Round cookies decorated with royal icing.

I first released my tutorial on how to decorate baseball cookies using a simple stitching technique in 2014. In the image below, you can see the cookies from 2014 and 2023.

Two cookies decorated with same designs, a decade apart.
2014-shading with brown petal dust.
2023-shading created with airbrushing.

MAKE MORE SPORT COOKIES

Assortment of decorated sport cookies.

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