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Chocolate Football Cookies

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Chocolate football cookies are chocolate sandwich cookies, shaped and designed to look like a football!  Double the cookie, double the deliciousness!!! Whether or not you’ll be glued to the TV when the big game is on, this sandwich cookie recipe is guaranteed to be 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 Cookies are a delicious game day treat!

Chocolate Football Cookies - Chocolate cut-out cookies filled with buttercream and caramel!

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) was impressed.

Well, until I told them these chocolate football cookies were off-limits until I did a couple of 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! If you need another sweet for your game day buffet, this Football Bark is super cute!

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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 cheese ball or these chocolate football cookies filled with buttercream and caramel. If you’re still stymied about your menu, don’t worry. I have more suggestions below.

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Chocolate Football Cookies

Chocolate Football Cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies with a buttercream and caramel filling! Perfect for game day!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield varies


For cookies:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For laces:

  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil

For filling:

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Jarred or homemade caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350ΒΊ. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar till fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together and then slowly mix till combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Lightly dust work surface with cocoa powder and roll the dough β…›-1/4-inch thick.
  5. Using a football shaped cookie cutter, cut shapes and place on baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool for a couple minutes, then remove to cooling rack.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.


The amount of cookies from this recipe will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutters.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5237 Total Fat: 278g Saturated Fat: 168g Trans Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 789mg Sodium: 2036mg Carbohydrates: 665g Fiber: 25g Sugar: 400g Protein: 54g
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40 comments on “Chocolate Football Cookies”

  1. Cookies do have their own kind of magic.

  2. Liz, making these lovely cookies sounds like a great game plan to me…we can even watch the NFL finale on TV here (at a rather strange hour though).

  3. Your cookies turned out great Liz! I’ll stop back later after everyone’s post is up, I see a few more goodies that caught my eye:@)

  4. Those are absolutely adorable, Liz! Just knowing that there’s caramel inside makes them even better!

  5. These are so cute! And the caramel filling makes them irresistible! I may not be able to wait a week!

  6. These are so cute! I am always up for a good sandwich cookie too! 2 cookies > 1 cookie πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Liz, These cookies are perfect for game day, love that there is a little sweet surprise on the inside.

  8. Liz, these cookies are super cute and kudos on your piping skill!

  9. I could eat a dozen of these filled football cookies without breathing in between any of them! You did a fabulous job piping the laces and what a fun segment on your local tv that I watched! You’re so calm!

  10. These are the cutest, I was anxiously awaiting for them to appear. Love your baking Liz!!

  11. These are so cute!!! I love it! Perfect for the big game!

  12. These sandwich cookies are just so adorable!

  13. These cookies are adorable and perfect for game day! I love the caramel filled center!

  14. These cookies look perfect for the big day. They sound really yummy and they are so cute.

  15. Too cute and too perfect for game day!

  16. Bet they were snapped up in seconds! xoxo

  17. These cookies are SO adorable!!! You decorated them perfectly, Liz! πŸ™‚ I love the caramel filling too – they would be a huge hit for game day!

  18. Very cute, and I love the touch of caramel!

  19. Liz,

    These are beautiful. It’s amazing what a bit of melted white chocolate can do for a chocolate cookie. The only thing I am confused about is how they last until halftime?!?

  20. although football isn’t my thaaang these cookies might be the exception! They look chocolatey and I love the caramel sauce filling!

  21. I love how festive and tasty these cookies look, Liz! They’re perfect for next weekend!

  22. This sure looks like a great bunch of food! Can’t wait to check them out! Bet these cookies are worth a touchdown!

  23. These cookies are incredible, Liz! Piping laces would be as talented as I get with cookie decorating, too. πŸ˜‰

  24. Like Mary Poppins you are practically perfect in every way, Liz…And so are your perfectly piped chocolate caramel cookie dreams! Bet the crew loves you =)

  25. This is my first time on your website – I love your website name – it’s so funny πŸ™‚
    These cookies are adorable – a perfect game day treat!

  26. I love these little footballs – but I REALLY the caramel πŸ™‚

  27. How cute! Definitely perfect for a game day

  28. Liz, these cookies are perfect!!! love these for any game day!

  29. Great piping skills and I look forward to your game day spread!

  30. Lizzy,
    I’m behind in my reading but these look adorable.

  31. These cookies are so adorable!

  32. These cookies are so cute Liz!! Next year I am making these for the SB

  33. These cookies are so nice ! I was happy to watch you on TV, you are great Liz ! I think with all the recipes you have in your blog you can write a food book ! I will the first to buy you. x

  34. Clever and perfect timing for Superbowl!

  35. what a big hit this would be at any game day party! Very clever!

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