BASEBALL COOKIES/ Miracle Mets



The New York Mets is a National League baseball team started in 1962 to replace the departed New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers, who left New York in 1957.

Since the inception of the Mets, my parents who were New Yorkers were true fans through thick and thin. There were many losing years during the 1960’s for the young team, going 40-120 in their first year. The team colors of blue and orange were taken from the colors of the Dodgers and Giants. Where we lived in Eastern Pennsylvania everyone was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and the only games aired on the television, which my family could not bear to watch. (As an aside, it’s tough to see my favorite player, Bryce Harper as a Phillie). In the mid-1960’s, cable TV came to our neighborhood which meant that instead of only three network television stations, ABC, NBC and CBS, we could get a total of 10 channels which included the New York market. It seems hard to believe today with hundreds of TV channels but it was heaven. My little brother and I were thrilled to get Superman while my parents were happy to be able to view all the Mets games.

After awhile us kids finally understood my parents’ love of their home team. With each year, the team improved and in 1969, the year of the Amazin’ Mets and players like Tommy Agee, Cleon Jones, Bud Harrelson, Ed Kranepool, Ron Swoboda, Dan Frisella, Nolan Ryan, Tug McGraw (yes, Tim’s dad), and my favorite, Tom Seaver, we clinched the pennant winning our division. My parents were not the type to jump up and down but they were excited and happy that their beloved Mets had finally made it. That October during the playoffs and World Series, the five of us (my eldest brother being away at college) huddled around the TV in our tiny 6' x 9' den (yes, our room was that small). Well, the Mets won the Series defeating the Baltimore Orioles and sports writers called it a miracle because they had come so far in eight short years. To this day, I’m still a Mets fan but they are #2 in my heart to my beloved Washington Nationals.

These baseball cookies were made for a baseball team called the Mets made up of first-grade boys. Two of my grand nephews who are cousins, play together on the team. For something special to end their first year in elementary school, I thought they would get a kick out of sharing baseball cookies with their fellow Mets.


Baseball Cookies
Round Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Blue with AmeriColor Royal Blue
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Orange with AmeriColor Egg Yellow and AmeriColor Orange
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip 1.5
Scattered Stars Stencil
AmeriColor Pearl Sheen Airbrush Color 
Airbrush Kit or Wilton Color Mist

Bake, remove from oven and immediately re-cut cookies.

Let cool and smooth sides with citrus grater.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in blue icing. Flood cookie with blue icing. Let dry overnight.

Place stencil on the cookie. Spray with pearl airbrush color. Gently lift stencil. Let dry 30 minutes.

Pipe two lines with #1.5 tip in orange icing. Let dry 15 minutes. 

Pipe stitching with #1.5 tip in orange icing. 

Let dry overnight.





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TEAPOT COOKIES/ Doris Day



When I was just a little girl I asked my mother, what will I be,
Will I be pretty, Will I be rich, Here's what she said to me,
Que será, será
Whatever will be, will be, The future's not ours to see
Que será, será
What will be, will be . . .

Those are the lyrics to Que Será, Será made famous by Doris Day. That was just one of many songs on the Doris Day's Greatest Hits album, which included such other melodies as Bewitched, It’s Magic and Secret Love. On the album cover, Doris is wearing a blue-striped sweater, leaning on her hand flashing her beautiful smile and big blue eyes.

At about age 5, I began listening to Doris sing her songs over and over. When my older brothers were outside playing baseball, I would go into their room where there was a record player and put on that album. I would make believe I was on stage performing as I sang and danced along with Doris. Before too soon, Mom signed me up for dance lessons.


Long before Mary Tyler Moore and Marlo Thomas, there was Doris as the beautiful, cheery, bubbly, girl-next-door in the wholesome movies of the 50’s and 60’s. She starred with such handsome leading men as Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Jack Lemon, James Gardner and even Ronald Reagan. With her platinum blonde pageboy and raspy voice, she charmed her love interests as they swooned over her.

With the passing of Doris Day, it takes me back to those days as a little girl when I wondered … what will be, will be. Doris’ music and movies will forever remain a part of our American culture.

 Doris & Rock Hudson (Source: AMPAS)

The design on these teapot cookies is one of my favorites. See how a simple dot turns into a rose. 


Teapot Cookies
Teapot Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Green with AmeriColor Leaf Green
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Toothpicks or Scribe Tool
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood cookie with white icing.

Pipe dots with #2 tip in pink icing.

Using a toothpick or scribe tool, swirl dots to create flower design.

Pipe dots with #1.5 tip in green icing. Using toothpick or scribe tool, pull to create leaf design. 

Add tiny dots using tip of toothpick or scribe tool in pink icing to accent design. Let dry one hour.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in pink icing.

Let dry overnight.




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 (Remembering Glen Campbell)

(Remembering Glenn Frey)

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