Football Cookies

Appetizers usually take center stage when it comes to Super Bowl snacking, but if you need a sweet treat to balance out the savory, then these football cookies are the answer. Plus, these football-shaped treats couldn’t be easier to make: sugar cookies are coated in icing and decorated to resemble the pigskin. They’re so easy to design, even the kids can get in on it—turn it into a game day activity the whole fam can do together! Here’s everything you need to know to create these simple sweet treats: 

How to create the football shape:

We created these adorable football cookies with a football-shaped cookie cutter. While you can try and free-hand it, cookie cutters will ensure that your cookies are as uniform as possible—we highly recommend it. 

Tip: Freeze your cut-out cookie dough for 10 minutes before baking to ensure they hold their shapes.

The icing:

We used our best-ever sugar cookie icing for this recipe. It’s easy to make, even easier to work with, and creates a beautifully designed cookie. Because we’re creating designs on these cookies, we highly recommend using it. 

How to decorate your football cookies:

— Add your food coloring a bit at a time so you control the color—add until you get your desired shade.

— Thin out your icing by adding a teaspoon of milk at a time until the icing is the desired consistency to flood.

— Let your icing set before piping your detail on top. Keep your design as defined as possible—no messy footballs here.  


Once made, these cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for around 3 days. 

Made these? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

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For the cookie dough

  • 3 c.

    (360 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for surface

  • 1 tsp.

    baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp.

    kosher salt

  • 1 c.

    (2 stick) butter, softened 

  • 1 c.

    (200 g) granulated sugar 

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 Tbsp.


  • 1 tsp.

    pure vanilla extract

For the icing

  • 3 c.

    powdered sugar

  • 1/4 c.

    light corn syrup

  • 1/4 c.

    milk, plus more for thinning

  • 1/4 tsp.

     pure vanilla extract

  • Brown food coloring

  • Brown sanding sugar 


    1. Step 1In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat until combined, then add flour mixture gradually until totally combined.
    2. Step 2Shape into a disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
    3. Step 3When ready to roll, preheat oven to 350º and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Lightly flour a clean work surface and roll out dough until 1/8” thick. Cut out shapes with a football shape cookie cutter and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Freeze 10 minutes (so your shapes hold while baking!).
    4. Step 4Bake cookies until edges are lightly golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool completely. 
    5. Step 5Meanwhile, make icing: In a medium bowl stir together powdered sugar, corn syrup, milk, and vanilla. Measure out 1/4 cup of icing and set aside. 
    6. Step 6To remaining icing, add food coloring and stir until desired color is reached. Place about 1/3 of brown icing in a piping bag fitted with a small round tip and outline cookies with icing. 
    7. Step 7To remaining brown icing, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until icing is a good consistency to flood. Add icing to another piping bag fitted with a small round tip. Fill in cookies with thinner icing. Sprinkle cookies with sanding sugar while still wet. 
    8. Step 8Transfer white icing to a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip and pipe laces onto footballs. If cookies are still to wet to pipe laces on you can place cookies in freezer for 15 to minutes to help harden, then pipe laces. 

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