17 Feb

Man, I haven’t been bowling for a LONG time. One time in college, I stayed for a summer term and took bowling and tennis, and that’s it. Don’t tell my parents. 😀 Just kidding. I think they know. Even after a whole semester of bowling studies, I still can’t get over 100. Oh well. Some people weren’t born to bowl, but if you were, you might like these cookies.

You know how a lot of bowling balls have a marbled look to them? I tried that on a couple of these. I filled with one color (yellow and light blue), and then dripped in another color (orange and darker blue), and just swirled around randomly with my boo boo stick. I thought they came out kind of cute. The debate at my house was whether the ball looked better in front of the pin or behind it. My son votes for in front, and I tend to agree. But it’s kind of hard to get a perfect circle, even if you use a template, so if you put it behind, it hides a multitude of sins.  And I think I like the pins where I came in farther from the edge of the cookie at the neck of the pin. If you follow the edge of this cutter exactly, it makes for fatter, less defined pins. Don’t be afraid to ignore the “lines” of your cutters.

You can’t go bowling without a spiffy bowling shirt!

These were fun to design. You probably already know this, but here’s my secret for designing cookies. I do a Google image search for whatever it is I’m trying to figure out (so for these, I just typed in “bowling shirt”), and then click on images. Then from there, I usually choose the “clip art” option on the left-hand side. You’ll get all kinds of fun ideas that translate well to cookies.

I want to give away FIVE bowling pin cookie cutters:

And FIVE Small T-Shirt cookie cutters:

So comment on this post by midnight Friday, Feb. 18 to be entered to win!  This weekend, I’ll use to choose 5 winners to win one of each cutter.

If you’re not that into bowling, the T-shirt can be used for endless designs and occasions. Be creative. Maybe you could give us some ideas in your comments about how the shirt could be used. But you don’t have to. Only if you want to. 😀

Have a great Thursday!

86 Responses to “Strike!”

  1. Sheila, Mom to Six February 17, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    Hey, I just went bowling last night – first time in over a year. I was so giddy, I got an 86!
    I’d love the t-shirt cutter, since I already have the ball/pin. So cute!

  2. Phyllis Palmer February 17, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Love the shirts and bowling balls. Can see the shirts resurfacing in a Hawaiian theme, bicycling theme (team shirts), Plaid for summertime / camping, tuxedo?, WOW! Lots of things!

  3. Debbie February 17, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Those cookies are so cute!

  4. Rita - Greer,SC February 17, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    Cute, cute cute!

  5. Anne February 17, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    I would love to win the shirt cutter. Then my “beach” collection would be complete!

  6. Anna ♥ Sugarized February 17, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Bowling bowl behind the pin for me, since I can’t pipe a perfect circle! 🙂

  7. Madeleine February 17, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    We are nuts about hockey at my house. The t-shirt cutter would be perfect for hockey jersey cookies. Go Canucks!!!

  8. Kami Jensen February 17, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Those are so fun! If I win I would make cute cookies for a scout bowling party. As for the shirt I wish I had one for valentine’s day so I could have given my hubby a “hot stuff” t-shirt cookie!

  9. Lisa February 17, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Ahhh!! Summer t-shirt and a bottle of sunscreen and beach ball!

  10. sweetalltheway February 17, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    OMG… If I got picked, I’d make the cookies for the whole Monday night league!!! I think the crowd will go crazy over the bowling pin and ball cookies.

  11. Patsy February 17, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    I love bowling…just don’t do it! I would love these cookie cutters…my dad and mom were both in bowling leagues when I was small.

    The shirt cookie cutter I can see making Father’s Day cookies for the men in my life…hubby and 4 sons and 3 son-in-laws!

    Thanks Karen…and I loved the blog about you on Cookie Crazie!

  12. Emily February 17, 2011 at 10:53 am #


  13. Cindie S. February 17, 2011 at 10:53 am #

    Hi Karen. Great minds think alike. My daughter is bowling in the State High School bowling tournament this weekend and I am working on cookies today. Having the cutters would sure make the job easier next year.

  14. Jaime February 17, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Thank you so, so much for the clipart option for viewing pictures! That will be so helpful!

    I have the t-shirt cutter and think this would be a perfect way to use it! Thanks for sharing!

    And, thanks for a great giveaway. I look forward to reading your blog!

  15. Guadalupe February 17, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    Los cortadores son muy bonitos y el tema de los bolos es una super idea para utilizarlos. Un beso desde Alemania.

  16. Brandi C. February 17, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Oh the possibilities with the shirt cutter. My daughters (10 yr old twins) and I have girls night out every Thursday. And we regularly going bowling. These cutters would add some fun, if I made them the day of our bowling mom and daughter night.

  17. Tara February 17, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    Fun cookies! I like the swirls!

  18. Peach February 17, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    The bowling ball/pin would make a great penguin and chick! Yup…. That’s what I would make!

  19. cletus February 17, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    Great ideas! I need to make these for my son’s bowling birthday party. I was thinking of just doing pins and balls but I really like the shirts.

  20. Marcy S. February 17, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    The shirt could be used for a jersey for football season!

  21. Karla February 17, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    I would love to use the bowling cutter for school trips. I’m a teacher and usually at some point in the school year I know a group of students that go bowling. How much would kids love those cookies at the end of the trip!!! Your cookies are always so beautiful!

  22. Linda February 17, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I like bowling !!!!!

  23. Christy February 17, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    I would love to have these cutters!! We too are doing a scout lockin at the bowling alley and they would be perfect

  24. Alexandra February 17, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    So cute. I haven’t been bowling in ages but it’s fun night out with the kids.

  25. Amy S. February 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    My hubby loves to bowl- he would get a kick out of these!

  26. mary February 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Those are very cute cookies! I’m just getting started. Thank you for the great ideas.

  27. Melissa T February 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Oooh! My sister would love me to make her bowling cookies! These are awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Happy when not hungry February 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow these bowling cookies are too cute! Love how you’ve decorated them!!

  29. Julie S. February 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    My son and I will be doing the mother son bowling event at his school and how fun would it be to take these cookies as favors! Thanks as always for your great tips!

  30. Tiffani G. February 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    I bowl on a league in my little town…how awesome are these! I would just love to make some cookies for our Monday night league!

    PS- I have the shirt cutter (from you, of course..LOL) and I used it to make Steeler jerseys for the Superbowl! (they are quite versatile!)


  31. GinaC February 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm #


  32. Carmen February 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Karen, me encantan las galletas que has decorado, el cortador de los bolos es tan original y el de la camiseta me encanta también porque tiene muchas posibilidades.
    Un beso

  33. Brandie February 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    I am just getting started decorating cookies and love all the comments about how folks would repurpose these cutters.

  34. Yael February 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Karen! Love your new blog!

  35. Loren @ The Baking Sheet February 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Oooh Pick Me! Pick Me!

    I have a large t-shirt cutter that I use for a doctor’s lab coat, which I put in my “get well” cookie platters. I find that it’s a bit too big though. I would love a smaller one! :o)

  36. Ilana Jacobson February 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    These are really cute. I was thinking of making bowling cookies soon.

  37. Cristin (Pinkie) February 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I love that you took the time to point out things like making the head of the pin thinner helped your design and how to make the swirl effect on the ball. Your posts are always so informative and helpful! I loved Pam’s post today with your guest post. Wonderful! Thanks for helping the cookier community!

  38. Carrie in Bartlesville February 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Super cute! I used to be a bowler but haven’t in ages! Every fall and spring the Special Olympics here does a bowling event. It would be fun to win the cutters to make cookies for the kids.

    I have a request…I just ordered some “Southwest” themed cutters off your site. You need to do a southwest pot for me using the cactus, cowboy boot, chili pepper and so on. I would love you even more then I do now if you did. No pressure. Just suggesting. I am using the jungle cutters today and making 100 cookies for a friends baby shower. They are fun to use!!!

  39. MrsAB February 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome cookies as usual. Would love to make the pin/ball cookies to give to my mom’s bowling league. I think they would definitely enjoy them.

  40. Rosario Pérez Carrillo February 17, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    Wow!! You are wonderful!!!! The shirts could be used to make football shirts

  41. Terri Batson February 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I am not very good at bowling but those adorable cookies make me want to go out and bowl some STRIKES!! I have kids in the marching band…think I could turn this into a marching uniform??

  42. Star February 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I think I like the bowling ball in front and I love the shirts for some reason when i saw them i instantly thought of 2 1/2 men.

  43. Lorna Putman February 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I absoluetly am NOT a bowler but have friends that are. I can really use that shirt cutter , too.

  44. Jessica February 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Oooh, I love the t-shirt cutter, so many possibilities!

  45. Tiffany Redwine February 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I love these! I have been wrestling RI te last month but I am going to whip another batch of your buttercream recipe this weekend! Thanks for all you and Mike do!

  46. Cat February 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I like that marbleized look! Very clever! While I’m not much into bowling myself (the only reason anyone ever wanted me on their team in high school was because I had a high handicap, I think), it looks to me like the ball/pin cutter might also be used in the fall for a gourd and pumpkin design. T-shirts would make great Dad’s Day cookies. My husband always says, “When it comes to cookies, guys don’t see colors.”

  47. Nana Robyn February 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I’m afraid the closest I get to the bowling alley is the Wii in my living room! Love your blog. So many wonderful ideas!

  48. Tatyana February 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm #

    Love your guest post at CookieCrazie 😉
    Thank you for this giveaway!

  49. Kimberly February 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    I would love to make soccer jerseys for my nephew and his team.

  50. Elena Mayoral February 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Me encanta jugar a los bolos y me gustaría enseñarle a mi niño de 5 años a jugar, ¡ nos llevariamos galletas para merendar y hacer un buen strike!!!. Las camisetas pueden decorarse como si fuera una coleción de pasarela de modelos!!

  51. Amy February 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I just took my four year old bowling for the first time yesterday and he loved it. Asked if we could have his birthday party there. I’m going to have to make these for his party favors! They’re adorable!

  52. Ina Vanderhorst February 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Lovely! 🙂

  53. Rose Lee February 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    Wow Karen these are way cute. You just keep coming up with such cute stuff.

  54. Sheila February 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    love ’em. so cute. great job.

  55. Jennifer February 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I would love to win those cookie cutters. I think your bowling pins/balls and shirts are precious.

  56. Stephanie February 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    What cute cookies!!

  57. Phyllis B. February 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    very cute cookies. I love them!

  58. trinette chow February 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    My in-laws would LOVE these cookies! I’d love to make them just to see them go nuts!

  59. Diana Keller-Cannon February 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Love those. like yourLooks using royal icing, did you? I love shopping your shop. Just received my latest order! Yeah!

  60. Kendra February 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    I can usually get over 100 on my first game but after that – it’s a crap shoot! It’s always fun though!

  61. Laurie Hinman February 17, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    You are soooooo creative!! I love it!

    I’m thinkin’ the T-shirt needs to be made into tye-dye shirts… O, yes, my kiddos would love them! 🙂

  62. dkelmore February 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    You scored 10 with that Strike…very cute cookies. Would love to add those to my cookie cutter collection.

  63. yvonne February 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    love all your cookie cutters they are all soooo awesome!….i think illstart callin you the cookie lady or monster ….lol!j/k

  64. calmmom4 February 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Karen, your talents never cease to amaze me! Would love those pins and shirts!

  65. Grozzie11 ( Leanne) February 18, 2011 at 12:37 am #

    I love reading all the comments you get. Great usual..

    you should be very proud.

  66. Kristin Frank February 18, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    I think the marbled balls are very cute. My husband has recently decided we should bowl more often. we’ll see how that goes.

  67. Georganne February 18, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    Oh, goodness — those bowling shirts are fantastic! LOVE THEM! You are too good at this! I think that if I had the shirt cutter, it would be fun to try a Hawaiian print!

  68. Lola Cueto February 18, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    I really like your cookies!!
    You never stop surprising me!!
    Thank you for sharing

  69. Rose February 18, 2011 at 3:46 am #

    I used to bowl on a league “pre-kids” and it was alot of fun. I never was any good at it but it was still fun to spend time with friends. I had forgotten about the shirts, thanks for the memories! I even had a clear ball with a big red rose inside.

  70. Kimmie R February 18, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    Too Cute! I have a lot of bowlers in my family and among friends. I am sure that my niece would love bowling cookies for her birthday, she bowls every Saturday, so she would really love them. Thanks Karen and Mike for all the help you provide us “new” cookiers!

  71. Colleen Gura February 18, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Super cute cookies, Karen! I used to be on a league when I was a kid. Now I just bowl for fun with the girls.

  72. Becki D. February 18, 2011 at 8:26 am #

    What a perfect giveaway! I stumbled here looking for bowling pin templates. Great cookies!

  73. Misa February 18, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    Oh Karen, You are so kind, so many giveaways. And all Your cookies are so beautiful and cute, sometimes I even can’t believe that they are handmade!

  74. Brandy February 18, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    You could make some tied dye t-shirts. That would be fun!

    Thank you! 🙂

  75. Gina Brewster February 18, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    Great idea I have two friends who bowl all the time. I tell them they live for bowling. Ha Ha now they will be eating it too!

  76. Susie Mellen February 18, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Love the cookies, I am trying to convince my daughters to do a bowling party for their birthday…

  77. Ka'ala from SugarHI creations February 18, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Love them…as always 🙂 Here in Hawaii we have a lot of local bands and they all have really cool t-shirts. Id probably use the t-shirt cutter to make the bands come cookies that look like their own shirts! (My husband is a sound engineer so that’s my “in” with the bands…lol!)

  78. Tammy Reynolds February 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    My husband and son both bowl in a weekly league. These cookies would be perfect for them.

  79. Ann Richter February 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Love these! Did you use royal icing or one of the other types to frost these?

  80. sharonk February 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I work with two women who are on bowling teams. They would love these cookies. Adorable

  81. Angie February 18, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Really cute cookies Karen! I love to bowl but I’m terrible at it lol. Maybe I’ll be better at decorating bowling cookies!

  82. Tina J February 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    My son bowl every Friday night. I only wish I was half as good as he is. Making these cookies would be a good surprise for him.

  83. Paula C February 18, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    The shirt cutter would also be so cute for western shirts and how about a shirt with a vest?…and the bowling pin and ball reminded me of a hand giving the #1 sign… Thanks for the chance to win these great cutters!

  84. Jessie Phillips-Rodibaugh February 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    I would love to win these! Especially the shirt cutter. My husband wears this style of shirt frequently and it would be fun to bake up a batch of groovy shirts for him!

  85. Scott February 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Ahhh…bowling! I have very fond memories of bowling with my grandparents as a kid. Would be a fun way to remember them…
    Thanks for the great chance at this giveaway!
    P.S. uniform shirts, tropical prints for luau’s…..tie-die t-shirts, band logo t’s…I could go on and on with ideas for the shirt cutter! 🙂

  86. Deb February 23, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    They are very cute,I would like to buy the bowling pin cookie cutter and small T-shirt cookie cutter and bake the cookies for my nephew’s birthday party.

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