This adorable football cookies recipe is simple to make and perfect for Game Day. Try this festive recipe for an easy treat while watching the big game.

Football Cookies on a platter.
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Snacks and treats for Game Day are a must. It’s even better if they are football shaped. These darling little cookies are so delicious and a must try. They are one of our favorite Super Bowl Desserts along with Football Brownies, Football Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Football Dirt Cups.

I have been making the Best Football Cake Ideas and the kids love them. This cookie recipe is a great dessert for a sports themed birthday party. You might also like our Football Cake Ideas.

Why we love this recipe

These adorable sports themed cookies are so easy and festive for Game Day. Anyone can easily make this recipe and it will be a huge hit!

Ingredients

Ingredients for Football Cookies

  • All Purpose Flour 
  • baking powder
  • unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • granulated sugar
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 
  • White Decorating Icing 

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Step by step instructions

Dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. 

Butter and sugar creamed together.

Step 2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl. Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder until combined and smooth. You can use either a stand mixer or a hand held mixer.  

Flour mixed into the bowl.

Step 3. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.  Be careful not to over mix the batter.  Chill the dough for at least 1 hour (or overnight).  

Dough rolled out and cut into shapes.

Step 4. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit. Put flour on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed). Use a football shaped cookie cutter to begin to make your cookies.

Cookies on baking sheet.

Step 5. Prepare the pan with parchment paper. Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet. Since you chilled the dough, the cookies should hold their shape as you move them.

Cookies baked on sheet.

Step 6. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes until the edges on the cookies are firm.  

Cookies on wire rack.

Step 7. Take the cookies off of the baking sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely. This will take about 10 minutes.

Cookies decorated and ready to enjoy.

Step 8. Once the cookies have cooled, add the details and laces on the cookies with the white icing.  Let the icing cool and then the cookies are ready to serve and enjoy! 

 

Tips for Football Cookies

  • Icing. We used store bought decorator icing but you can use white frosting. You will need piping bags. Feel free to also use royal icing.
  • Do not overmix. The batter should not be overmixed. Stir until just combined.
  • Allow to cool. Don’t attempt to decorate while the cookies are still warm. They need to be completely cool or the icing will run.
  • Chill the dough. It is important to refrigerate the dough at least one hour but overnight is preferred. This will make rolling and cutting easier.
  • Decorate. You can also write individual names on the cookies to personalize them. Just use the same decorator icing that is used for the football design.
Football Cookies in a pile.

How to store

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 to 7 days. I suggest placing wax paper in between the layers of cookies to prevent them from sticking.

Make sure the icing has completely cooled before placing in the container.

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Chocolate Football Cookies

5 from 3 votes
This adorable football cookies recipe is simple to make and perfect for Game Day. Try this festive recipe for an easy treat while watching the big game.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 184

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.  Then set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl beat together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and unsweetened cocoa powder until combined in smooth with either a stand up mixer or a hand held mixer.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.  Be careful not to over mix the batter.
  • Put in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Check to see if the dough is firm. Pull the cookie dough out of the refrigerator and sit it out to soften up a bit.
  • Put flour out on the wood cutting board, rub flour on the rolling pin, and work some flour into the batter (if needed), use a football shaped cookie cutter to begin to make your cookies.
  • Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes until the edges on the cookies are firm.
  • Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.(About 10 minutes).
  • Once the cookies have cooled, add the details and laces on the cookies with the white decorating icing.  Let the icing cool and then the cookies are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5-7 days

Nutrition Facts

Calories 184kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 3g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 34mg, Sodium 73mg, Potassium 61mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 256IU, Calcium 20mg, Iron 1mg

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