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Bowling Pin and Bowling Ball Cookies

Bowling cookies bring a festive flair to your bowling party as treats for your guests or for a bowling party favor. A free printable tag is included to let your guests know that “You had a BALL” with them at the bowling party. 
Cookies shaped like Bowling Ball and Pins on a metal baking sheet

Bowling party cookies

Make these bowling cookies for bowling alley fun! Bowling pin and bowling ball cookies are a must-have for a bowling themed party!   Aren’t these bowling cookies festive?
Let’s walk through how to make bowling ball cookies and how to make bowling pin cookies. Honestly you could make just one or the other, but the pair really add a nice touch to your bowling themed birthday celebrations!

Bowling party favor ideas

The bowling pin and bowling ball cookies made an easy party favor to give the kids as they left the bowling alley. They had little toys from the games they played in the arcade so I didn’t want to send them home with more junk stuff, instead I went with my favorite treat—more sugar!

How to make bowling party favors with decorated bowling cookies

  1. Make these bowling cookies in the shape of bowling pins and balls
  2. Bag them individually
  3. Print the bowling party stickers and add them to the bag for your bowling favors
Collage Pin for Pinterest Bowling Party Favors

Bowling Cookie Cutter

Decorated bowling pins: If I had planned ahead I would have ordered a bowling pin cookie  cutter like this one online, but as I didn’t I was forced to get creative with a bowling pin cookie template and it worked out really well.

The bowling pins started out as snowmen; the snowmen cookie shapes had their hats trimmed off and also had their middles thinned down a bit to transform them into bowling pins.

You’ll have to try this method with shapes at your house because it is so satisfying to create a new form out of a completely different cookie cutter.  Bowling ball snowman to Bowling Pins, who would have known it could be so easy?

The ball: The bowling ball cookie cutter needs no extra thought—a basic circle with a few dots of icing for the holes.

Make bowling pin cookies using a snowman cookie cutter

I have learned a lot about cookie decorating from Bridget Edward’s blog, Bake at 350, and her book, Decorating Cookies.  Her recipe for cut-out cookies is the best I’ve come across. The cookie dough hardly changes shape while in the oven and the taste and texture of the cookies keeps you reaching for more.

Use Bridget’s sugar cookie recipe and her royal icing recipe too.  You’ll be making beautiful cookies in no time if you follow her advice!

Get the Bowling Party Favor Free Printable

A great reason to make decorated bowling cookies is to celebrate a birthday. If your family is celebrating a sports themed birthday party, print these thank you labels for bowling party favors. 

I tied these cookies in a bag with red ribbon and included a label that said “Thanks for coming to my party, I hope you had a ball!” 

bowling party printable image for label

Access my FREE Printables Library by joining my mailing list at the bottom of this page. You’ll receive the password via email and will be able to download a sheet of 12 labels that you can print at home. These labels are perfect for party favors or to make your own thank you notes.

This file is formatted to 2 inch circle stickers from Avery product 22817.

The red background paper shape is cut with Fiskars X-Large Scalloped Circle Punch.

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Bowling party favors in a red bucket ready for bowling themed party

Need more bowling party sweet ideas?

If you are celebrating with another sports themed party, you might want to bake these Football Cookies , Baseball Cookies or these Basketball Cookies.

Pin these bowling cookies for later!

bowling cookies decorated in white and red royal icing with text title overlay

How to make Bowling Party Favors

Bowling Ball and Pin Cookies

Bowling ball cookies and bowling pin cookies make a festive party favor!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • baked cookies in bowling pin and ball shapes
  • royal icing in two colors


  • Icing piping bags
  • Icing tips (optional)


  1. Make these bowling cookies in the shape of bowling pins and balls
  2. Bag them individually
  3. Print the bowling party stickers and add them to the bag for your bowling favors


To make the three dots on the bowling ball cookies, simply drop small rounds of royal icing in white color on top of a circle cookie filled with icing in another color. Do this when the icing is WET so that the dots blend in to the first color of icing.

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