Okay, first things first… I’m from Pittsburgh and I love my Steelers. I couldn’t be more excited about their Super Bowl win – it’s a wonderful time to be from the Steel City!

Pittsburgh Steelers players holding Super Bowl trophy.

Alright, my gloating over, I had a large cookie order for a Super Bowl party that consisted of 4 dozen of my gourmet chocolate chip cookies, and 3 dozen decorated football sugar cookies. While I’ve spent a lot of time practicing and perfecting the art of cake decoration, this was my first time doing fully decorated sugar cookies, and I have to say – I think they turned out pretty well!

Sugar cookies decorated like footballs.

I used a basic royal icing recipe to decorate these cookies and the method I used was to outline the footballs with a #2 tip and then flood the inside with thinned icing. Once dry, I outlined and flooded the white stripes on the sides and then used a #2 tip to add the laces at the top. I think I might be addicted to this and am looking forward to finding excuses to make other cookies to decorate!

If you haven’t decorated sugar cookies before, please check out the “Decorating with Royal Icing” tutorial that I have since posted. It is a step-by-step guide (with pictures) on how to decorate sugar cookies with royal icing.