Beach Ball Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


2 dozen

Updated: Jul. 16, 2023
These cookies are as colorful as beach balls and just as fun. They're delightful for kids' parties, school bake sales or when you just want a playful treat. Use bright, bold colors, or soft pastels for springtime. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Assorted food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg, oil and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough into 5 equal portions. Tint each portion a different color with food coloring. Divide each portion into 24 equal pieces; roll each piece into a ball. Gently press together 1 ball of each color to form a larger ball; place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass.
  3. Bake until bottoms are lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 152 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.