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Today we sharing a fun, new, Tennis Ball Cookie recipe for all the tennis fans out there. Two out of three of my kids are competitive tennis players so you can say that we live, breathe and eat tennis around here. I find tennis balls everywhere – in the laundry room, kitchen, the garage, the car, their rooms…everywhere.

While the kids play tennis year round, the Spring is the boys high school tennis season. Since I started bringing some of my homemade Crumbl cookies to my daughter’s high school matches in the Fall, it only seemed fair to do the same for my son’s team in the Spring. Today, I decided to step up my game and bring tennis themed cookies. Yep, I turned our DIY Mini Crumbl Funfetti Milkshake Cookies into Tennis Ball Cookies and they are absolutely the cutest things!

These funfetti sugar cookies are rolled in green sprinkles and topped with a light green cake batter frosting and two additional lines of frosting are added to complete the tennis ball look. They are actually super easy to make!

Tennis Ball Cookies on a Tennis Racket

OTHER COOKIE RECIPES TO TRY

If you want to check out some of the other copycat cookie flavors, may we suggest you start with these: Peanut Butter Oreo CookiesUltimate Peanut Butter CookiesCrumbl Turtle CookiesChocolate Ft. York Cookies, Crumbl Dirt Cake Cookies, Muddy Buddies, Mini Twix, Pink Confetti Cake Cookies, Galaxy Brownie Cookies, Cookies and Cream Milkshake Cookies or the Churro Cookies

WHICH SPRINKLES TO USE

I grabbed the Sweet Tooth Fairy® Nonpareils from Michaels in green since I knew they would be perfect. By the way, if you are every looking for a specific color of sprinkles or nonpareils, start with Michaels! They will usually have it! Since I couldn’t decide which color to use – light green or dark green – I used both. Tennis balls come in all shades of green so I thought I would try both. And I love both!

WARM OR COLD COOKIES?

That is the question! I’m not talking about the cookie dough because no chilling is necessary for the dough but how do you serve them? Chilled or warm?

We are back to CHILLED with this recipe! Sure, you can eat them warm, but they are better chilled. Trust us.

I have also found that all the Crumbl recipes stay fresh longer if you keep them in the refrigerator. No matter what air-tight container you keep the cookies in, they don’t stay fresh as long out on the counter as they do if you put them in the fridge.

COOKIE INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Butter – The butter for this recipe should be softened and salted or unsalted will work.

1/3 cup Granulated Sugar

3 TBSP Powdered Sugar

Egg

1 1/2 cups Flour – Regular, old, all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/2 cup Sprinkles

Tennis Ball Cookie Ingredients

FROSTING INGREDIENTS

6 TBSP Butter – softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 tsp Cake Batter Flavoring – We used McCormick flavoring for this recipe

3 TBSP heavy cream

Green Food Coloring

HOW TO MAKE FUNFETTI MILKSHAKE COOKIES

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 

2. Cream the butter, sugar and powdered in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.

3. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

4. Add in flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until all combined.

Funfetti Cookies Steps
Cookie dough with sprinkles

5. Scoop out dough and roll into balls. Scoop out 1 TBSP dough for smaller cookies (or 1/4 cup dough for BIG cookies). Roll the dough balls in the green nonpareils. Place dough balls on prepared pan (12 cookies to a pan if smaller cookies) and slightly flatten with your hand to about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.

Tennis Ball Dough

6. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 13-15 minutes.

7. While cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

CAKE BATTER FROSTING DIRECTIONS

1. In stand mixer, cream butter for about 1 minute until smooth.

2. Add in the cake batter extract, powdered sugar and heavy cream and mix on high for about 3 minutes until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency you are looking for. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

3. Remove and save 1/4 cup of the white frosting.

4. Add just a bit of green food coloring to the remaining frosting in the bowl and mix until you get the shade of green that you are looking for.

Tennis Ball Cookies on Cooling Rack

5. Put the frosting in a piping bag OR you can put the frosting in a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag. Use the frosting bag to pipe frosting in a spiral on top of the cooled cookies.

Tennis Ball Cookie Frosting

6.Put the set aside white frosting in a piping bag with a small round tip (or cut the corner off a ziploc bag) and pipe two curved lines away from each other on top of each cookie to resemble tennis ball lines.

Green Tennis Ball Cookies
Tennis Ball Cookies Cooling
Tennis Ball Cookies on Racket
Tennis Ball Cookies on a Tennis Racket

Tennis Ball Cookies

Hollie Schultz
Soft, funfetti sugar cookies rolled in green nonpareils and topped with a light green cake batter frosting.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Frosting 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course cookies
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients
  

Funfetti Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Cake Batter Frosting

  • 6 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/4 tsp cake batter extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
  • green food coloring

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Use parchment paper or a silpat mat to line a baking sheet. 
  • Cream the butter, sugar and powdered in a stand mixer until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Scrape the sides of the bowl to make sure all ingredients are blended.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until all combined.
  • Scoop out dough and roll into balls. Scoop out 1 TBSP dough for smaller cookies (or 1/4 cup dough for BIG cookies). Place dough balls on prepared pan (12 cookies to a pan if smaller cookies) and slightly flatten with your hand to about 3/4 – 1 inch thick.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cool cookies cookie sheet for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack. NOTE: If you decide to make the bigger cookies, you’ll need to bake them for 13-15 minutes.
  • While cookies are cooling, make the frosting.

CAKE BATTER FROSTING DIRECTIONS

  • In stand mixer, cream butter for about 1 minute until smooth
  • Add in the cake batter extract, powdered sugar and heavy cream and mix on high for about 3 minutes until smooth. If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream a teaspoon at a time to get the consistency you are looking for. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • Remove and save 1/4 cup of the white frosting.
  • Add just a bit of green food coloring to the remaining frosting in the bowl and mix until you get the shade of green that you are looking for. 
  • Put the frosting in a piping bag OR you can put the frosting in a gallon size Ziploc bag and cut off one corner of the bag. Use the frosting bag to pipe frosting in a spiral on top of the cooled cookies.
  • Put the set aside white frosting in a piping bag with a small round tip (or cut the corner off a Ziploc bag) and pipe two curved lines away from each other on top of each cookie to resemble tennis ball lines. 

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 38mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 243IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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