Sweet Football Treats

Football-Ready Desserts to Score Big on Game Day

Football and snacks go together like the Arizona Cardinals and touchdowns. While you might be used to serving heaping bowls of chips and veggies, along with with tasty dips, pizza and burgers to your grid iron-loving guests, it’s also nice to sweeten the football watching experience with some cookies and cakes.

Fortunately, making football-themed sweets doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money—check out these two delicious ideas:

Stadium and Football Cookies

It’s easy and fun to transform simple sugar cookies into adorable and colorful stadiums and footballs.

  • Either make your favorite sugar cookie recipe or buy pre-made dough in tubes and roll it out.
  • Cut out both rectangles and football shapes and bake as directed.
  • When the cookies are cool, create the stadiums by adding a stripe of white frosting or royal icing on each long side and then sprinkling the icing with sprinkles. This will look like colorful stands of people. Then add royal green icing in the middle. Once it is dry you can pipe in white stripes and numbers.
  • For the footballs, cover them with brown royal icing. When it is dry, add facial features in white and black.

Recipe courtesy of MunchkinMunchies.com

Pumpkin Football Cakes

These delicious small cakes will fill your home with the delightful aroma of pumpkin and spices.

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly grease 12 five-ounce egg-shaped muffin cups.
  • In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2 t. ground cinnamon, 1 ½ t. baking powder, 1 ½ t. baking soda, ½ t. ground nutmeg and ¼ t. ground cloves.
  • In a large bowl combine 4 eggs, 1-15 ounce can of pumpkin, 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, 2/3 cup granulated sugar and 1/3 cup vegetable oil and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture one-third at a time, stirring until just combined each time.
  • Spoon about ¼ cup of batter into each muffin cup, filling each about half full.
  • Bake 20 to 22 minutes, and then remove cakes from the pans.
  • When cooled completely, split the cakes horizontally.
  • Either prepare your favorite buttercream frosting recipe or use prepared cream cheese frosting from the grocery store.
  • Spread frosting over one cake half and top with remaining half.
  • Pipe “laces” on the top with extra frosting or use a tube of white icing and repeat with remaining cakes.
  • Makes 12 cakes.

Recipe courtesy of BHG.com.