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March is in full swing and you know what that means; it's basketball tournament season! Are you a huge basketball fan? Then this is your month! I've been gearing up for March with some fun and fabulous treats using Skittles. Just remember, it's only madness if you don't have Skittles during the game!
I went to Sam's Club this weekend to help me stock up on everything I would need to watch some of the games. We got cream cheese to make dips, lemonade to make a fun Taste the Rainbow Lemonade, and the 54 oz. bag of Skittles. The Skittles were easy to find as they were on a pallet at the end of the candy aisle at Sam's Club. I grabbed a bag because I had some fun ideas for using this sweet treat.
When I got home I started cooking. I wanted something fun that both adults and kids could enjoy while watching the game. I also wanted something to eat and something to drink so I got started right away. I mean, who can watch a sporting event without a treat? Not me!
I had the great idea to make super cute basketball shaped cookies. I made my favorite sugar cookie dough recipe, rolled the dough out, and cut it into circles. Once the cookies were cooled I spread on some frosting and topped them with orange Skittles. I loved the way they made the basketball cookies look. Then I piped on black frosting laces to really make them look like basketballs.
Then I got started on my drink. The Taste the Rainbow lemonade was so easy to make and it actually went far quicker then I thought it would. I opened up 5 bottles of lemonade and poured a handful, about ¼ cup, of one color of Skittles into each bottle. Do this carefully as the Skittles made the lemonade foam up. I let the bottles sit for 15 minutes and they changed color as the Skittles dissolved. I tasted each one and the flavor tasted just like Skittles!
Making the lemonade was fun and it's something a child could help with in the kitchen. I set out glasses with fun paper straws and ice beside the bottles so people could help themselves to whatever flavor of lemonade they would enjoy.
Now that we had a treat and a beverage we were ready for the Basketball Tournament. Of course we could have our very own Skittles Tourney between the basketball cookies and the Taste the Rainbow lemonade! Either way I was ready to settle in for some series basketball. If only my basketball loving dad had been down to watch a game or two it would have been the perfect weekend.
- 1¼ c. flour
- ½ t. baking powder
- ½ t. salt
- 1 stick butter, softened
- ½ c. sugar
- 1 small egg
- 1 t. vanilla
- 3 T. butter, softened
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2-3 T. milk
- 1 t. vanilla
- black and orange food coloring
- Orange Skittles
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter until smooth. Gradually add in the sugar and continue mixing on medium until fluffy.
- Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until mixed well.
- Place the mixer on low and add in the flour mixture, mixing until just blended.
- Knead the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc shape. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll the dough out on a flour covered surface. Cut out 14 circles and place on a large cookie sheet.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are just starting to turn light brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire cooling rack.
- While the cookies are cooling prepare your frosting.
- Beat the butter in a large bowl with a mixer. Add in the powdered sugar a quarter cup at a time until it ins incorporated.
- Add enough milk to get the desired consistency of the frosting. It should be spreadable but not thin. Stir in the vanilla.
- Divide the frosting into two bowls. One bowl should have ¾ of the frosting and will be colored orange. The other bowl will have ¼ of the frosting and should be colored black.
- Spread the orange frosting onto the cooled cookies. Immediately cover the cookies in orange Skittles.
- Put the black frosting in a zip top baggies and snip off the end. Pipe on black basketball lines.
- 5 bottles of sparkling lemonade
- ¼ c. red Skittles
- ¼ c. orange Skittles
- ¼ c. yellow Skittles
- ¼ c. green Skittles
- ¼ c. purple Skittles
- Fun Paper Straws (optional)
- Open all five bottles of lemonade.
- Pour a quarter cup of one flavor Skittles into each of the bottles.
- Wait 15 minutes, watching the lemonade to make sure it doesn't fizz up too much.
- After 15 minutes pour the mixture through a strainer to get out any remaining Skittles that didn't dissolve.
- Pour back into the bottles along with ice, glasses, and straws. Enjoy!