So the festivities were NY Knicks themed, or more generally, basketball themed. The foods that we served were throwbacks to what we ordered when we went to the games: hot dogs, hot pretzels, knishes, and pizza (definitely not low carb). The room was decorated in blue and orange streamers, a knicks balloon, and a Knicks sign. Basketball paper plates and Knicks napkins rounded out the theme. Of course, I made dessert. I thought about cake balls decorated like basketballs, but my dad doesn't have a huge sweet tooth and cake balls are super sweet. Then I came across these adorable cookies, and decided to make these. A few little changes to make them a little more Knicks-y, and a substitution for the basketball (since I didn't have enough time to buy actual sugar basketball decorations), and I was good to go!
The finished results are these basketball hoop cookies. I used orange Reese's pieces as basketballs, and I used blue piping icing instead of black because the Knicks colors are blue and orange. I think they turned out pretty cute:
These would also be great for March Madness festivities!
|I threw a few color-coordinated Oreo pops in, too!|
6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 package Vanilla CandiQuick Candy Coating (I presume that white chocolate will work, as well)
White Reese's mini peanut butter cups
Black food coloring or cake writing icing (use oil or powder based food coloring, only)
Basketball sugar lay-ons (or orange Reese's pieces or M&Ms)
1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. Cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients.
3. Roll dough on a well floured surface, leaving rolled dough 1/4 inch thick. Cut the dough into approximate 3 inch circles.
4. Place cookies on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool completely.
5. Melt CandiQuik or chocolate according to directions.
6. Dip 3/4 of each cookie in chocolate/coating. Place on wax paper
7. Unwrap peanut butter cups, dip on in the coating and place on the bottom (un-coated) edge of the coating. Press the basketball (or Reese's pieces) above the peanut butter cup. Let set.
8. Once set, pipe on the backboard and hoop lines with colored candiquik or cake writing icing.