Tennis ball cookies for a tennis themed party

Tennis Ball Cookies

We love tennis in this house. LOVE it. We all play. We all watch it on TV. Since the US Open is happening right now, isn’t it the perfect time to make tennis ball cookies?

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Making no-chill sugar cookies is one of our favorite ways to celebrate any holiday. Sometimes we make reindeer cookies in June. Just because. They taste delicious!! However, since tennis season is in full swing, making tennis cookies seemed like the right thing to do.

In fact, since Keegan is heading into five day preschool this year, I felt like it was my time to fully immerse myself in tennis. I am on three teams this fall. No lie. Pray for me. Pray that I don’t get any injuries from playing too much tennis. More importantly, pray that every match finishes before 1pm so I am not late for preschool pickup.

I am dead serious about preschool pickup. I am only half kidding about the injuries… I thought I would be savvy and hop on the Peloton to do a little cross-training to make up for three months of slushy watermelon margaritas and minimal exercise. Nope. That was a super bad idea. I pushed myself a little too much and hurt my knee. That’s a sign from God that I should be sticking with tennis right now. Or slushy watermelon margaritas.

Tennis ball cookies for a tennis themed party
Tennis ball cookies

Make Some Tennis Ball Sugar Cookies … Wow Your Friends.

These tennis ball cookies are SO EASY. Make some delicious sugar cookies. Roll them out and cut them into circles. Bake. Decorate.

The trickiest part about these cookies is going to be getting the tint of the icing to be the right color neon tennis ball yellow. But I have faith in you! My daughter and I played around with our gel food coloring until we had just the right tone of tennis ball yellow.

Instructions for royal icing are included in the recipe below, but to see my post about making royal icing, click here.

Tennis Ball Cookies

Tennis ball cookies for a tennis themed party
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Tennis Ball Cookies (Super Simple!)

If you want to make some super cute tennis ball cookies, this recipe is for you. This super simple sugar cookie recipe doesn't need to chill so you can have your tennis ball cookies in no time at all.

Course cookies, Dessert, gluten free cookies, iced cookies, sugar cookies
Keyword party theme, tennis party, tennis theme, us open
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Calories 1867 kcal
Author Erin Brighton


Ingredients for Cookies

  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour (I used Cup4Cup gluten-free flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Royal Icing

  • 1 1/2 T meringue powder
  • 3 T warm water
  • 1/2 T corn syrup
  • 2 C powdered sugar


Instructions for Cookies...

  1. In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. (Confession - I don't mix this in a separate bowl.)
  4. Add flour to butter and sugar mixture. Mix well.
  5. Divide dough in half. Set one half aside.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half the dough.
  7. Cut into perfect circles and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

  8. Cook at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Instructions for Making the Royal Icing

  1. Combine meringue powder and warm water until dissolved. Beat for about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and corn syrup. Mix at medium speed for about five minutes. Remove a small amount of royal icing to a small bowl and add a little bit of water - drop by drop - until it's the consistency you want. Don't try to get all the royal icing to the same consistency at the same time.

Instructions For Icing the Cookies

  1. We rolled out enough dough to make almost three dozen tennis balls. We cut out the dough into circles and used the side of a butter knife to make light indents in the dough to guide us with our white lines later when our icing was done. To make the icing, I kept some icing white for the tennis ball lines and tinted the rest of the royal icing with lemon yellow and kelly green gel colors from Wilton. Use a tiny bit at a time until it's perfect.

  2. When our coloring was perfect, I started by filling in the white lines first.

  3. Next, I did a thin outline around the outside of the cookie with the green icing and then flooded the interior portion. My kids love to ice cookies and I let them. Perfection isn't the goal. They will look great, I promise!

For other favorite sports themes … be sure to check out our post on our baseball birthday party!

Game. Set. Match.

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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