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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!

Chocolate Football Cookies on a white, rectangular platterTime to Move the Tailgate Indoors

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 cut-out cookies filled with buttercream and caramel!

The Recipe: 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 350º. 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 ⅛-1/4-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: 5237Total Fat: 278gSaturated Fat: 168gTrans Fat: 9gCholesterol: 789mgSodium: 2036mgCarbohydrates: 665gFiber: 25gSugar: 400gProtein: 54g


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38 comments on “Chocolate Football Cookies”

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

  2. 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!

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

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

  5. These are so cute! I am always up for a good sandwich cookie too! 2 cookies > 1 cookie 🙂

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

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

  8. 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:@)

  9. 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).

  10. Cookies do have their own kind of magic.

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