Mrs. Finkle would approve of these cookies. After all, the laces are out!
With Super Bowl less than a week away, my mind is on football, and the pressure is on. Coming up with game day treats shouldn’t be difficult or exhausting. These cookies freeze well, so they can be made ahead of time and brought out Sunday. How’s that for stress free?
I didn’t have a football shaped cookie cutter, so I made my own using an aluminum can. Just cut out a strip about an inch thick, fold in half, and tape the open end together. You have to guide it a little bit as you cut each cookie to try and keep a consistent football (some of mine are rather oblong, and others are fat as can be), but overall it works like a charm. I used the same method when making homemade goldfish crackers.
I piped the laces on with homemade buttercream, but if you’re pinched for time, the store bought would be just as good. I was worried that these would be too chocolatey (if there is such a thing?), but with the icing, they were the perfect amount of sweet.
If you’re stumped for other game day recipe ideas, take a peek at these:
Yield: 3 dozen cookies
- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup cocoa powder (plus extra for dusting)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Turn out dough onto surface dusted with cocoa powder. Roll dough out ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on lightly greased baking sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. Frost and decorate if desired.