Pokéball Cookies Recipe: Gotta eat ’em all

You might have seen that the relief café recently went gallivanting around Stirling on a mission to brighten people’s days, armed with free flowers & free cookies. We walked around with our Pokéstop sign held high, and cookies baked into little pokéballs — but don’t worry, we didn’t throw them at people.

Gotta eat ’em all!

I baked the cookies at home myself, and they were very well received! So if you want to have a go at them yourself, here’s the recipe that I used.

Sidenote: I am in no way a talented baker, so if I can do it, you can do it.

Side-sidenote: Mine were super sweet and sugary, you may be bouncing off the walls with a sugar rush afterwards.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

FOR COOKIES (DOZEN):

· 125g BUTTER, softened

· 100g LIGHT BROWN SOFT SUGAR

· 125g CASTER SUGAR (I didn’t actually have caster sugar, and I only had dark brown soft sugar so I used that for both… which might explain the excessive sweetness…)

· 1 EGG (slowly beat until the yolks are just broken)

· 1 tsp VANILLA EXTRACT

· 225g SELF RAISING FLOUR

· ½ tsp SALT

· 200g CHOCOLATE CHIPS (I decided not to use choc chips as I was putting them on top for decoration.)

FOR POKÉBALL DECORATION:

· 125g ICING SUGAR x 2

· RED FOOD COLOURING

· CHOCOLATE CHIPS

· MINI WHITE MARSHMALLOWS

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 180°c, gas mark 4.

2. In a large bowl, combine the sugars and butters until a cream texture, then add the egg and vanilla.

3. Sift in the flour and salt with a sieve thing, then throw in the chocolate chips if you’re using them in the cookies.

4. Once it’s all mixed, it’s time to get your hands dirty and roll the dough into walnut shaped balls.

5. Place onto greaseproof paper on a baking tray, ensuring they’re far enough apart that they won’t merge whilst baking. Stick in the oven for 7–10 minutes depending how crispy you like them.

6. Leave aside to cool while you crack on with the icing, make sure they’re cool enough before putting on the icing otherwise it won’t set and run everywhere.

7. In a small bowl, chuck in the icing sugar and put in a teaspoon of water at a time, stirring in between, until you have a thick icing. 3 or 4 teaspoons at most.

8. Drop in a few teaspoons of red food colouring, don’t be afraid to use a fair amount otherwise it will just stay pink rather than the bright red of Ash Ketchum’s determination.

9. Spoon a teaspoon of red icing onto the top half of the cookies and use the back to smooth around the top half in a semi-circle.

10. In a separate small bowl, measure out more icing sugar and water to create the white icing.

11. Spoon the white icing in semi-circles on the bottom half of the cookies.

12. Place a white mini-marshmallow smack bang in the middle of the cookies, like the button on a pokéball.

13. Use chocolate chips to create the black lining in between the red and white of a pokéball.

14. Voila! Leave to fully set and you should have lovely homemade, messy pokéballs made with love.

Happy baking! We’d love to see your own pokéball cookies so send in some pictures!