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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4 comments:

  1. My grandfather listed to the Baltimore Orioles after church on Sunday. To tis day, I can only listen to a game on television radio instead of tv. Love how baseball brings back good memories.

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    1. I love this! Thanks for sharing your special memory of your grandfather. I'm rooting for the birds as they rebuild their team. Many DC fans drove to Baltimore for baseball games before the Nats arrived in '05.

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  2. Do you have to re-cut all cookies after baking? I've never seen you do this step before. Suzy

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    1. Suzy, Great question! Since cookies sometimes spread during baking and lose their shape, with round cookies it is best to re-cut the cookies. I do not do this with any other cookies.

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