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Bowling Pin Sugar Cookies 
Apr. 27, 2012 3:22 am 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 8:00 am
This year we had my daughter's birthday party at the local bowling alley.  I decided to make bowling pin cookies.  When I make cookies, they are normally chocolate chip or peanut butter.  I have only made rolled sugar cookies a few times.  But I found this recipe on the site and decided to give it try.<


  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

I also added 1/2 teaspoon of orange extract to give them some extra flavor. I rolled them closer to the 1/2 inch size.  This made them easier to transfer to the cookie sheet. It is important to chill the dough for at least one hour.  I worked with small portions of the dough while I had the rest chilling in the refrigerator.  It is also important to spray your cookie cutter with nonstick cooking spray.  This makes life a lot easier. 

When my daughter came home from school,  I had the cookies baked.  We made the glaze and she decorated them.  The glaze was 1 cup of confectioner's sugar, 1 Tablespoon of corn syrup, 2 Tablespoons of water and 1/4 teaspoon of orange extract.

At the party, the kids really enjoyed these.  They have a great taste and are soft in the middle.

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Apr. 27, 2012 6:39 am
Very clever and wonder memories made for you and your daughter : )
Apr. 27, 2012 8:44 am
Happy-I love your idea of creating bowling pins. I bet your daughter enjoyed her party. As the years go by, she will remember all the thought you put into her birthday celebrations.
Apr. 27, 2012 8:46 am
The extra time and effort to make a special cookie always brings joy. Very cute cookies.
Apr. 27, 2012 1:10 pm
Thanks for the nice comments. We enjoy being in the kitchen together.
Apr. 27, 2012 6:09 pm
Those are too cute! One of a kind!
Apr. 29, 2012 8:00 am
Love this!
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