While many of you are spending your free time trimming trees and hanging lights, some of you are cheering your favorite team on to victory.
Basketball season is upon us and I know all you die hard fans out there are looking for fun food to serve while watching the big game and these piñata style candy filled basketball cookies couldn’t be more fun. They make basketball sweeter.
I love creating piñata cookies. Up to this point I’ve made apples decorated with royal icing, ears of corn wrapped in modeling chocolate husks, dreidels frosted with Hebrew symbols, Christmas presents decorated festively with ribbons, and 3-D graduation caps and sombreros.It seems as though each time I make a version of a candy filled cookie, I try something new. With these basketball cookies I decided to coated them in orange candy melts which added a wonderful vanilla flavor, an added crunch, and a nice smooth surface on which to draw with a food coloring marker.
Each cookie is big, so there is plenty of room for lots of Skittles to hide inside which is good because I recently bought a 54 ounce bag while on a shopping trip to Sam’s.
I have spent a lot of time perusing the candy isle in Sam’s Club over the years. Back in the day when I owned my candy stores, I used to buy a lot. Now I just buy candy to put into cookies and my mouth!
Basketball Piñata Cookies filled with Skittles
Ingredients: (makes 6 cookies)
2 cups all purpose flour, plus more if needed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened slightly
3/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
orange gel or paste food coloring
4 ounces orange confectionery coating (Candy Melts)
3 1/4 inch round cookie cutter
2 3/4 inch round cookie cutter
parchment paper lined baking sheets
Add dry ingredients and stir just until combined. If the dough is sticky, add a small amount of flour.
Roll some dough out to 3/8 inch thickness. Cut 6 rounds using the 3 1/4 inch cutter. Remove excess dough, set on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Put the large cutter around one cookie, then cut a smaller hole using the 2 3/4 inch cutter. Remove the center dough round, then remove the small cookie cutter, then the large cookie cutter. This will help keep your cookies in a nice round shape.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Roll the remaining dough out to 3/16th inch thickness, and cut 12 circles using the 3 1/4 inch cutter, re-rolling as needed.
Set 6 cookies on each parchment paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake one tray of cookies at a time for 10-12 minutes until dry around the edges.
Allow cookies to cool completely on the baking pan.
Heat the orange confectionery coating on high in the microwave for 20 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.
Spread a thin layer over 6 of the whole round cookies. To smooth out the candy coating, shake the cookie to remove any grooves or air bubbles.
Place candy coated cookies in the freezer for about 4 minutes, just until the coating hardens.
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