You are going to score big points with these Football Sugar Cookies. These delicious made from scratch sugar cookies will be a fan favorite.

Football sugar cookies lined up on a platter
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These Football Themed Sugar Cookies are sure to please your guest at the next big football party. They are loaded with flavor and are the perfect sugar cookie recipe.

These soft, buttery sugar cookies are made from scratch and topped with homemade icing. When we host a game day party for the Super Bowl or other big games, it is all about the food.

We think you are going to score big time with your guest with this delicious decorated sugar cookie recipe.

If you love football desserts, try Football Chocolate Covered Pretzel Cookies, How to Make a Football Cake, Football Dirt Cups, and Football Rice Krispie Treats.

You might also like our Football Cake Ideas.

Ingredients needed flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar eggs, powdered sugar, cream of tartar brown food coloring

Ingredients

For the Cookies: 

  • All Purpose Flour 
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Unsalted Butter (softened at room temperature)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Large Eggs

For the Icing: 

  • Egg Whites
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Brown Gel Food Coloring
Football sugar cookies lined up on a wire rack

How to Make Football Sugar Cookies

For the Cookies: 

  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Step 2 – Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a large bowl.
  • Step 3 – Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix.
  • Step 4 – Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Step 5 – Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  • Step 6 – Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight.
  • Step 7 – 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.
  • Step 8 – 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.
  • Step 9 – Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Step 10 – Using a metal spatula move the cut cookies to the parchment lined cookie sheet.
  • Step 11 – Bake at 325 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Step 12 – Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
  • Step 13 – Take the cookies off of the baking sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.(About 10 minutes).
  • Step 1 – Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes.
  • Step 2 – If icing is not stiff enough add ¼ C powdered sugar until the icing is to a 15 second consistency.  Which means that when you slice a spatula across the top of the icing, it would take 15 seconds to disappear.
  • Step 3 – Place about 25% of the icing in a small bowl and set aside. Mix the remaining icing with the brown food gel coloring until it’s a dark brown color.
  • Step 4 – Place the brown icing in piping bags and place the brown icing on the cookies.  Let this icing cool completely (2-3 hours).
  • Step 5 – Then place the remaining white icing in a decorated bag fitted with tip #1 and use this to draw the details and laces on each of the football cookies.  
  • Step 6 – Then allow the white icing to cool completely (2-3 hours).
  • Step 7 – Do not cover the cookies while the icing is cooling.
  • Step 8 – After the icing has cooled completely, the cookies are ready to enjoy! 
Football sugar cookies

How to Decorate Football Sugar Cookies

Once you have prepared the royal icing separate about ¼ cup of the icing and place in a piping bag.

Use a piping tip #1 to add the white details and laces for the football on the brown icing.

Allow for the white icing to cool before storing.

Football sugar cookies

How to Store Football Cutout Cookies

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

Football sugar cookies lined up on a platter

Easy Game Day Cookies

If you are looking to impress your guest for your next game day party, make these sugar cookies. They are easy to make and taste amazing. Everyone will love them so make sure you make plenty.

Football sugar cookies lined up on a platter

Football Sugar Cookies

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You are going to score big points with these Football Sugar Cookies. These delicious made from scratch sugar cookies will be a fan favorite.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill the Dough 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes
Servings 24
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 292

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

For the Icing:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • Brown Gel Food Coloring
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Instructions

For the Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Cream the soft butter with the sugar until the combination is smooth not grainy to the touch in a mixing bowl.
  • Add all 4 eggs at one time. Continue to mix.
  • Sift the four, baking powder, and salt together. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Continue mixing to make sure all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Make the dough into a ball, wrap it in cling wrap completely covering the entire dough ball.
  • Put in the refrigerator for about 6 hours or overnight.
  • 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 at 325 degrees F for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.
  • Check to see if the cookies are thoroughly baked.
  • Take the cookies off of the cookie sheet and put on a wire rack to cool completely.(About 10 minutes).

For the Icing:

  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl mixing on medium speed for 4 minutes. (except your food coloring). If icing is not stiff enough add ¼ C powdered sugar until the icing is to a 15 second consistency.  Which means that when you slice a spatula across the top of the icing, it would take 15 seconds to disappear.
  • Place about 25% of the icing in a small bowl and set aside. Mix the remaining icing with the brown food gel coloring until it’s a dark brown color.
  • Place the brown icing in piping bags and place the brown icing on the cookies.  Let this icing cool completely (2-3 hours).
  • Then place the remaining white icing in a decorated bag fitted with tip #1 and use this to draw the details and laces on each of the football cookies.
  • Then allow the white icing to cool completely (2-3 hours).
  • Do not cover the cookies while the icing is cooling.
  • After the icing has cooled completely, the cookies are ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts

Calories 292kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 4g, Fat 13g, Saturated Fat 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 58mg, Sodium 149mg, Potassium 56mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 22g, Vitamin A 394IU, Calcium 31mg, Iron 1mg

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