for your march madness parties, here is a cute recipe for basketball thumbprint cookies.  i changed the color of the icing to orange, and used black icing for decorating the basketballs.

these cookies are cute and festive and the recipe comes from Kroger grocery magazine — of all places.  i would have to say that these cookies are quite tasty and the recipe made 21 one-inch cookies.

to make the thumbprints:   heat the oven to 350 degrees.  mix 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup shortening, 1/4 cup softened butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and one egg yolk with a mixer.  when creamed, add 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon salt until the dough holds together.

shape into one inch cookie balls with a cookie scoop.  place one inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  press thumb into center of each cookie ball.  bake 12 minutes or until light brown. remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool completely.

meanwhile make cookie icing recipe. i have several listed on this blog.  add red and yellow food coloring until the orange color is achieved.  with a pastry bag or small spoon, fill the thumbprints in the cookies.

i waited several hours before decorating with the black basketball stripes to allow the orange color to firm up and harden.  the black icing takes quite a bit of black food color.  i used much more color to achieve black than would have been expected.

serve at your next march madness basketball party with other game day favorites.



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