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bite-size tennis cookies in a jar

 

A couple months back I made my mom bite-size cookies in a jar that pictured all her interests and hobbies. (Remember? Here they are.) She put in a request for tennis-themed bite-size cookies in a jar, and I couldn’t refuse. We’re all tennis players in my family. Or rather, in my case, used to be a tennis player. I haven’t picked up a racquet in years. I played competitively in high school, and I could have been good. Really good. Except I had this terrible habit of choking at the end. Sooo close then, “oops!” I didn’t kick the habit, either, when I took up shooting pool years later. This choking thing is tough for one as competitive as I. (Don’t ever mention the “Monopoly incident of ’05 to my neighbors.”)

 

 

 

Since I was barely big enough to hold a racquet, I and my siblings would walk the mile or so take lessons from the matriarch of a local family estate, an estate equipped with a court, of course. Thirtysome years later, she’s STILL giving lessons and organizing games. My mom has continued playing all these years. She’s giving these cookies to the terribly impressive tennis-playing matriarch.

 

 

 

It’s no secret I love bite-size cookies. So cute, so perfect for snacking, and so easy to fit into the best invention ever after my TV, the mason jar.

 

 

To make these, I just cut out little 1-inch circles and 1-inch ovals (pinched at one end) from my cookie dough, baked and let cool. Then I made my royal icing, divided, and colored with my Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Orange, Egg Yellow, Electric Green, Sky Blue, Electric Purple, Super Black and Bright White.) I prepared decorating bags with couplers and decorating tips–sizes 1, 2, 3 and 4–and filled with the icing and tied the bags closed with rubber bands. Then I piped and filled circles for the tennis balls, using a 2-tip white to pipe the accent on top. For the racquets, I piped the racket and handle with different colors and black icing, using 3 tips. I filled the centers with white icing, then topped with the strings using a 1-tip black. I let the cookies dry well overnight and packaged in a mason jar. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE. For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click HERE.

 

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. Posted August 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I love these! We are a tennis family and what a great idea for those 3rd set losses or wins!! I like the mini’s too! I made larger ones last year, but I like the fun colors!

    thanks for the inspiration! I just pinned these under “all things tennis.”
    laura

  2. Posted August 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    I can’t get over how CUTE these are, Meaghan!

  3. Posted August 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Adorable cookies.

  4. Posted August 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Super cute!

  5. Posted August 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    SCORE!!! This is a “tennis game” I could win at – EAT EAT EAT!

  6. Posted August 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    These cOokies are adorable! I’d like a jar of them. :)

  7. Posted August 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    What cute little and I mean little… cookies! I just love how much detail you can get on one of these minis.

    Years ago, I took a few tennis lessons and I used to pray for rain so it would be canceled. Yea, tennis didn’t work out for me! :)

  8. Posted August 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder… I NEED to do some mini cookies packaged in a jar! These are just too cute!

  9. Posted August 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Love these, especially the use of non-traditional tennis colors! I always think of white and lime green when I have tennis on the brain. I also love anything the “wrong” size- either teeny-tiny OR humungous. I have a TON of empty mason jars in my basement, bought in the hopes that the perfect project would present itself and now it has, so thanks bunches!!! I “play” tennis as long as there is no scorekeeping and I can use ALL the courts I need to :P

  10. Posted August 3, 2012 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    The cookies are adorable.

  11. Posted August 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Cookies in a jar are too cute :) How lovely that they are going to someone that has shaped who you are I am sure she will love them

  12. Posted August 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    It looks great
    Andreja

  13. Posted August 7, 2012 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    aw so cute!

  14. Sweetsugarbelle
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    Megs…I love these!!! I live mini cookies sooo much! Been thinking of you. Hope all is well.

  15. HanaS
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    what size mason jar did you use and how many mini cookies fit into it?

  16. meaghanmountford
    Posted August 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    I used the standard mason jar (1 pint, I believe) and if memory serves… each jar holds about 20 mini cookies.

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