Looking for something to munch on while you watch the big game? Nibble on these easy football game cookies while you cheer for your favorite football team. The treats will be a great addition to your game day party, but they also travel well to an in-person tailgate!Jump to Recipe
EASY FOOTBALL GAME COOKIES
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE FOOTBALL STADIUM COOKIES
For this recipe, the sugar cookies were made from scratch, but I took some help from the store in the way of store-bought frosting and icing. I am pretty terrible at making frosting from scratch, so this is both a time and a sanity-saving decision! You can choose to make everything from scratch OR even buy store-bought cookie dough or cookie mix.
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- baking soda
- baking powder
- vanilla extract
- white frosting
- green cookie icing
- yellow cookie icing
FOOTBALL GAME SUGAR COOKIES
This is a delicious basic sugar cookie recipe with a fun, but simple, decoration process to transform them into perfect football cookies for the football season. This is a simple enough recipe that you can involve your sports-loving kids as well!
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- Mixing bowls
- Parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- White frosting
- Nonpareils sprinkles
- Green cookie icing
- Yellow cookie icing
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, and baking powder a medium mixing bowl .
- In a larger mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fully incorporated.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix.
- Slowly add the flour mixture and butter mixture and mix.
- Using a cookie scoop, place scoops of dough on a cookie sheet leaving 1 inch of space between cookies.
- Gently press dough down so with your hands or a small glass so that it will bake in a flat round shape.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool cookies on a cooling rack.
- Once the cookies are fully cool, frost half the cookie with white frosting.
- Pour sprinkles into a small bowl then dip the frosted half of the cookie in multi-color sprinkles to become the crowd watching the game.
- Decorate the other half of the cookie with the green icing to represent the football field.
- Once the green icing has been sitting for 10 minutes, use the yellow icing to create a goal post.
TIPS FOR DECORATING THE FOOTBALL STADIUM COOKIES
Decorating these stadium cookies is a simple four-step process. Here are a few suggestions to make sure your cookies turn out just right.
- You can use homemade frosting and royal icing and color them with food color instead of buying store-bought.
- I recommend using frosting for the top half of the cookies because the sprinkles stick to frosting much better than icing.
- I don’t recommend using green frosting for the field since it doesn’t harden enough to allow you to stack the cookies after they are decorated. This risks messing up your designs.
- Let the green icing partially harden before applying the field goal to ensure crisp lines.
VARIATIONS ON THE FOOTBALL STADIUM COOKIES
This is a very flexible recipe so you can take quite a few liberties with the recipe. These are just a few ways you can adapt the recipe to suit your needs.
- Flavor: You can swap out the vanilla extract for other flavors of extract. I love both almond and lemon extracts in sugar cookies.
- Colors: You can find nonpareils in a wide range of colors online. You can limit the crowd’s colors to your team’s colors or the colors of the teams participating in the Big Game.
- Design: Instead of decorating the field with goalposts, you can create yard markers with white icing.
- Sport: You can change these cookies into football (soccer) cookies or baseball cookies by changing the icing decorations on the field.
SERVING AND STORING THE BIG GAME COOKIES
These cookies can be stored at room temp for 3-5 days. I recommend placing them in an airtight container with a slice of bread. The bread keeps the cookies from drying out. If you are stacking the cookies in the container, I suggest placing a piece of wax paper between the layers to prevent any sticking or smooshing of your decorations.
Add these cookies to your football party snack table. I have plenty of fun football watch party ideas here on the blog. Be sure to check them all out!
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