Golfing and Fishing Sugar Cookies

Do you know an avid fisherman or golfer who is celebrating a birthday this year?  If you do and you happen to be a little crafty with cookies, consider making that individual some iced sugar cookies which depict putting greens and perhaps a fishing rod complete with hook and/or lure.  They make fantastic party favors.

At the request of a dear neighbor whose husband was turning sixty, a set of sporty cookies were created for a milestone celebration.  The cookies were a snap to make. 

Golfing & Fishing Sugar Cookies

My neighbor Elfie even thought of a clever way to celebrate her husband's birthday during quarantine.  I'll show you what she did!

Putting Green Sugar Cookies

Putting Green Sugar Cookies:  using a game controller-shaped cookie cutter, cut out and bake as many of these shapes as needed.  Using leaf green royal icing and a #3 piping tip, outline and flood the inner shape of the putting green and let dry completely.  Outline and flood the outer area of the cookie in the same leaf green royal icing, and immediately flock with clear, fine sanding sugar; let dry completely.  Using black royal icing and a #1 piping tip, pipe a pin and a hole as shown.  Using red royal icing and a #2 piping tip, pipe a flag as shown.  Pipe a white golf ball on the other side of the putting green using white royal icing. Let dry completely. 

Fishing Rod Sugar Cookies

Fishing Rod Sugar Cookies:  Using a rectangular cookie cutter, cut out and bake as many cookies as you wish.  Using a #4 piping tip and white royal icing, outline and flood the base of the cookie and let dry completely.  Using brown royal icing and a #1 piping tip, pipe a double-width handle of the fishing rod and then an arched rod beyond that.  Using light grey royal icing and a #1 piping tip, pipe a large dot for the reel and then pipe a swag of fishing string as shown.  Using white royal icing, pipe a dot for the lure and add a bit or red royal icing underneath it.  Using the same leaf green royal icing from the putting greens and a #2 piping tip, pipe a bead of icing to frame the cookie.  Let dry completely. 

Sixtieth Birthday Putting Green Cookies:  For the numbered cookies, cut out and bake as many round cookies as desired.  Outline and flood the top 3/4 of the cookie in white royal icing using a #3 piping tip.  While the icing is still wet, outline and flood the lower 1/4 of the cookie in leaf green royal icing for the putting green.  Using a scriber tool, pull the green icing up haphazardly to create blades of grass on the putting green.  Let the icing dry completely.  Using stencils or a steady hand, pipe the birthday number in navy blue royal icing.  Using gray royal icing and a #1 piping tip, pipe a golf club on the green.  Pipe a dot for a golf ball in white royal icing.  Pipe a pin in black royal icing using a #1 piping tip.  Add a flag in either red, blue, green or white; it's up to you.  Let the cookie dry completely.  

A set of cookies like this is perfect for gift giving.  The designs are easy, the color palette is classic, and the results are well worth the minimal effort.  They're guaranteed to be a hit for the country club member in the family.

Take a look at what my neighbor Elfie did for her husband.

Since it wasn't prudent to have a large, indoor birthday gathering at the moment, a dessert buffet was set up just outside the front door by the driveway, complete with birthday cake, wine and cookies.  Do you see the spring green basket in the foreground?  It was filled with birthday cookies which were being handed out to drive-by guests.  That's right!  Guests were encouraged to visit via cars to give the man of the hour some birthday wishes and gifts.  Every friend and well wisher was offered a refreshment, a slice of cake and a cookie to take home with them.  There was literally a line of cars  filled with friends waiting to wish Chris a happy birthday.   A drive-thru birthday like this is clever, easy and a breeze to pull off.

A delicious birthday cake from the local restaurant.

And, of course, some great party favors for guests to take home.

Cheers and Happy Birthday, Chris!