Whether or not you’ll be glued to the TV when the big game is on, these Chocolate Football Cookies are the perfect halftime snack! Our teams are both out of the running, so the tension of the regular season and playoffs has lifted and I can fill the kitchen with delectable game day dishes!
Chocolate Football Cookies
Though my cookie decorating skills are limited, I was hoping I could pipe some laces onto football shaped cookies. With fingers and toes crossed, I began the process, using melted white chocolate to create the lines. Whew. Most looked OK. My family (major football fanatics) were impressed. Well, until I told them the cookies were off limits till I did a couple morning spiels for our local Fox and CBS stations. To make them extra tempting, I piped some vanilla buttercream to make a wall around the perimeter of one cookie, filled the well with a spoonful of caramel sauce, then topped with a second cookie garnished with a lace. Chocolate sugar cookies are nice, but frosting makes them truly memorable! And a dab of caramel never hurts, either!
With the big NFL finale just around the corner, it’s time to think of what to serve at halftime. Munchies are always in demand and a pot of chili is classic. In our neck of the woods, grilling isn’t always a viable option, especially when the Big Green Egg is covered with snow, or frozen shut. But there are lots of terrific options. I love to make a dessert, whether M&M cookies with our team colors highlighted or something football shaped like a cheeseball or these chocolate cut-out cookies. If you’re still stymied about your menu, don’t worry. My creative Sunday Supper friends have you covered!
Big Game Day Party Recipes:
Appetizers and Sides
- Atomic Buffalo Turds by Wholistic Woman
- Avocado Egg Rolls by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Buttermilk Battered Chicken Wings by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Cajun Okra Fries by Food Lust People Love
- Cheddar Sausage Balls by Tramplingrose
- Cheese Board and Baguettes Make for the Start of a Great Game Day Feast by Delaware Girl Eats
- Cheesy Crabmeat Canapés by Meal Planning Magic
- Cheesy Sausage Dip by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Chicken Fajita Nachos by Sweet Mornings
- Chipotle-Ranch Chicken Wings by Casa de Crews
- Corn Dog Muffins by Noshing With The Nolands
- Crock-Pot Bean Dip by Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Deep Fried Pimento Cheese and Celery Bites by Granny’s Down Home Sassy Southern Cooking
- Dill Pickle Dip by Seduction in the Kitchen
- Fish Taquitos by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Gluten Free Asian Sweet Chili Wings by Flippin’ Delicious
- Healthy Guacamole Recipe by Real Food Real Deals
- Hogs in a blanket by Cooking on the Ranch
- Hot Pork Roll and Cheese Dip by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Nacho Waffle Fries by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Patatas Pobres for a Crowd by Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen
- Pepperoni Pizza Bites by Family Foodie
- Philly Cheesesteak Sliders by Daily Dish Recipes
- Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates by The Healthy Fit Foodie
- Rajas by Pook’s Pantry
- Roasted Broccoli Artichoke Dip by Cooking Chat
- Slow Cooker Thai Wings by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Smoky Blender Salsa by What Smells So Good?
- Southwestern Eggroll Cups by A Gouda Life
- Southwestern Flatbread and a “Design Your Own Flatbread” Table by The Freshman Cook
- Spicy Szechuan Shrimp Lettuce Cups by Palatable Pastime
- Sweet and Spicy Hummus by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Texas Caviar by Books n’ Cooks
- Tex-Mex Egg Rolls by Cookin’ Mimi
- Thai Beef Taco Bites by Brunch-n-Bites
- Three Cheese Macaroni Bites by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders With Tangy Warm Cabbage Slaw by Taste And See
- Buffalo Chicken Chili by Monica’s Table
- Cheeseburger Pizza by Life Tastes Good
- Cheesy Cheesesteaks by Family Around The Table
- Emeril’s Chicken and Andouille Gumbo by The Texan New Yorker
- Game Day Chili by Our Good Life
- Handy Beef Buns by Get the Good Stuff
- Lahmacun – Turkish flatbread by Caroline’s Cooking
- New Jersey Sloppy Joe by kimchi MOM
- Pizza Pasta Bake by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Pork Italiano Sandwich by The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
- Puerto Rican Pernil (Garlic Roast Pork) by Curious Cuisiniere
- Ree’s Philly Cheesesteaks by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Slow Cooker Italian Sausage Cheese Bombers by Kitchen Gidget
- Spicy Tuna Croquette Sliders with Avocado Pesto by The Crumby Cupcake
Desserts and Drinks
- Chocolate Football Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cinnamon Sugar Chex Mix by Pies and Plots
- Game Day Mocktails by Beauty and the Beets
- Gluten Free Football Potato Candy by Gluten Free Crumbley
- S’more Poutine by Desserts Required
- Super Duper Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn by Only Taste Matters
- Plus Big Game Party Recipes plus Sausage and Peppers Over Cheesy Grits by Sunday Supper Movement
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- 2½ cups flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1½ teaspoons vegetable oil
- ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
- 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Jarred or homemade caramel sauce
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugar till fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
- Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together and then slowly mix till combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Lightly dust work surface with cocoa powder and roll the dough ⅛-1/4-inch thick.
- Using a football shaped cookie cutter, cut shapes and place on baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Let cookies cool for a couple minutes, then remove to cooling rack.
- When cookies are cool, sort half of the best-looking cookies to decorate with laces. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate and the vegetable oil, stopping to stir every 30 seconds or so, till the mixture is smooth. Place melted white chocolate in a piping bag with the appropriate tip (thin flat opening for the cross lace and small round opening for the laces) or into a quart Ziploc bag (seal and cut off one corner). Pipe the long lace first, then the 3 short laces). Let chocolate cool and harden.
- Prepare buttercream. You may double or triple if you'd prefer to fill your cookies completely with buttercream. The amount in this recipe is enough to make a wall around the perimeter of each cookie bottom. Beat butter and powdered sugar till combined, then add milk and vanilla to thin. May need to add a few more drops of milk to get to your desired consistency.
- Flip remainder of cookies so that the bottom side faces up (these are the cookies without laces). Pipe a thick layer around the perimeter of the cookie. Then place a spoonful of caramel sauce in the center of the cookie. Top with one of the laced cookies.
I used THESE cookie cutters.
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