Fun Football Cookies!

Whether it's for the Big Game on tv or your school's big game, these cookies shaped like footballs will score big!

By Kathy Oberman

 Football-shaped cookies will be the hit of any football game party. Best of all, they're fun and easy to make. Your kids can bake them in several flavors and then decorate them in the colors of their school or favorite professional team colors.

Get Started
The fastest way to make cookies is to be organized with your ingredients and equipment. Make sure you have plenty of flour, butter, sugar, confectioners' sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, molasses, and food coloring on hand.

You will need two or three cookie sheets, a large baking rack or two small ones, a rolling pin, and a football-shaped cookie cutter. If you cannot find a football cookie cutter in the local kitchenware or craft shop, fashion one out of cardboard.  

Once you have made dough and it is resting in the refrigerator, clean an area that can become a cookie-cutout factory.

Pull out and grease the cookie sheets. Arrange the wire racks for cooling the cookies; and set out tools and accessories for decorating.

Bake Super Footballs!
Choose the kind of dough you want, or decide to make all three flavors we suggest: sugar cookies, gingerbread, or chocolate cookies. Both the gingerbread and chocolate cookie dough will give you a head start on decorating because they already resemble the color of the ball. You'll need only to make the icing laces.

When making the gingerbread cookies listed below, cut the dough into a football shape instead of the gingerbread people. The recipe below for the Star of David Cookies is our suggestion for the chocolate cookies. Make the dough and cut it out in the shape of a football rather than a star.

On the other hand, sugar cookies provide a cookie that you can decorate with laces only or more elaborately. Either way, you'll need white decorating icing. If you plan to ice the sugar cookies to look like footballs, make chocolate icing, too.

Flour an area of your countertop and roll out the chilled dough. To prevent sticking, lightly rub the rolling pin with flour.

Dip the cookie cutter in flour, too, and then stamp out the cookies. Transfer them to the cookie sheets.

If you use a cardboard template, cut around it with a small, sharp knife. Carefully transfer the cookies to the cookie sheets.

As the first batch of cookies bake, re-roll the scraps and cut out more cookies. Handle the scraps gently. If you overwork the dough, the cookies will be tough.

When the cookies are lightly browned around the edges and firm, remove the cookie sheets from the oven. Leave the cookies on the sheets for about 3 minutes and then lift them from the sheets with a thin-bladed spatula and transfer to a cooling rack.

Decorate the Cookies
When the cookies are completely cool, start decorating.

Frost the sugar cookies with chocolate icing. Use storebought or make your own from confectioners' sugar, cocoa, and water or milk. Tint it with brown coloring, if you have it, to make it darker.

Use a piping bag, toothpicks, or a tube of white decorating icing to make the laces on the top of the football.

Instead of decorating these cookies as traditional looking footballs, the kids may prefer tinting white icing with food coloring and painting the cookies with team colors.

Touchdown! The cookies are now official footballs suitable for snacking!