I wanted to change up the design of the Soccer Cookies for this year’s thank you gift cookie set for my daughter’s soccer coach. I knew I would be pressed for time and wanted a simple, but eye-catching custom design. Limiting the number of icing colours and the number of decorating steps would speed things up. (I did use a different variety of cut out dough this time, however, opting to try chocolate chip. I may post about it in the future.)
I love the simplicity of stick people and came across a cookie set on Cookie Connection, by member “Liesbet”, which was my inspiration. I happened to find a jpeg file of the exact same soccer stick people which were used in the inspiration set, in an image online.
I decided to make round cookies as a design nod to soccer…ahem…the round ball, if you don’t get my meaning. I also decided to add a simple green line and a few squiggles of grass, so the players weren’t just standing in a vacuum, and to add a third colour to the design. (My daughter’s team had a white shirt this year, so I couldn’t use her uniform colour as inspiration, LOL.)
I wanted to add another cookie shape to the set and decided on speech bubbles, as I noted this year’s coach to be particularly positive when calling out to the players on the field.
To decorate the plaque, I used a 1″ round white Royal Icing transfer which I made at some time in the past with leftover icing. I projected the image of a soccer ball onto the transfer using my Kopy Kake and used a black food writer maker to mark the patches on the ball. The disc was then affixed to the plaque and the black lines and patches were piped with a no. 2 PME tip.
If you are curious as to how this more simple set compares to some that I consider relatively more complicated, here are some links to my previous soccer cookie sets, which included custom colour mixing and multiple steps in flooding: here , here and here .
I made a lovely accompanying card on heavy cardstock, incorporating some of the stick figures used on the cookies in the design. I included a list of ingredients in the card, in case someone has food allergies and a “Best Before” date. (Last year I started putting a paper with a list of ingredients and best-before information inside clear-top box sets, only to discover later that a particular recipient was so honoured to receive the gift, he waited quite a while before opening the package!) I realized after I printed this card that I had forgotten something on the ingredient list. Can you guess what it is?
These Soccer Cookies were particularly fun to make, and I think I will likely do more stick figure cookie sets in the future!