Every year for the SuperBowl, I make football cookies for both teams. This year I continued the tradition by making Atlanta Falcons’ and New England Patriots’ cookies! It takes a couple hours to make, but it’s tradition so I had to share the recipe with you!
I began by making the fresh sugar cookie dough using these ingredients:
- 3 & 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup white sugar
First, combine the butter and sugar together in a mixer until fluffy.
Once the butter and sugar mixture looks like this, you may add in the eggs one at a time.
After adding the eggs, the mixture should be wet, as shown above.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
Then, slowly add in about 4-5 spoons of the dry mixture into the wet mixture at a time. Keep the mixer on a low setting so the flour doesn’t blow out onto your face or out of the mixer!
After you have added all of the dry mixture in, knead the dough together with your hand to get rid of any remaining unmixed portions.
Next, separate the dough in half and wrap each of them in plastic wrap in the shape as shown above.
Once wrapped, place both sections of cookie dough into your fridge to chill for 2-3 hours. You need to separate the dough so it will cool faster and so it will be easier to cut out the dough into the shapes you want!
While the dough is cooling, you can make the buttercream icing!
Here are the ingredients for the icing:
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 3 cups powdered sugar (it seems like a lot, but just trust me)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 tsp milk
Start by whipping the butter until it is light and fluffy.
Then alternatively add the powdered sugar with the milk (1 cup powdered sugar for every 1 tsp milk). In the cycle, I would add the sugar first, mix it in with the butter, then add the milk.
Once I added in all of the powdered sugar and milk and the mixture was smooth, I added in the vanilla.
I whipped it all together until it was fluffy and light! Once it was finished, I stored the icing in the fridge while the dough continued to cool.
Once the dough cooled, I rolled out a 1/4 of the dough at a time on a floured surface.
To make the football shapes, I first took a large glass cup and cut out circles using the tops of them.
Then, I peeled off the edges of the excess dough.
Finally to make the football shapes, I used the edge of the same glass as shown above. I was able to make two footballs out of one circle cutout, which was very resourceful!
I placed the cutouts on a parchment lined pan and baked them at 375 degrees for 5-6 minutes (before they browned). As the cookies baked, I took out the icing from the fridge so that it would be softer and easier to work with!
I also made jersey cookies for each quarterback. I cut those out using a butter knife and just cutting out the shape of a jersey!
I also cut out two big footballs (one for each team) and two other shapes (one for the SuperBowl act, Lady Gaga, and one for the 51st SuperBowl). You don’t have to do this shapes, be creative!
While all of the cookies are baking and cooling, you can begin to section out the icing and color it based on the teams playing! I made red icing for the base of the Falcons’ cookies by mixing in about 5 drops of red food coloring in. They turned out a little pink, but you don’t want to add in too much food coloring, so I let them be.
For the writing on the cookies (“F” for Falcons) I bought this black icing since I didn’t have any black food coloring!
For the Patriots’ cookies, I made blue icing for the letters(“P” for Patriots) by adding about 3-4 drops of blue food coloring into a section of the icing. I used the rest of the white icing as the base for the Patriots’ cookies.
Instead of buying a piping bag to write the “P’s” on the Patriots’ cookies, I placed the icing into a Ziplock bag using a spoon.
Then I twisted the top of the bag and pushed all of the icing toward the corner of the bag and cut a small hole at the end so icing could be piped out.
After I spread the white icing on the baked cookies, I piped blue “P’s” using the blue icing bag.
Here are the finished Patriots’ cookies!
I did the same for the Falcons’ cookies but instead with a red base and black writing, corresponding to their team colors. I decorated the bigger cookies accordingly with the leftover frosting. Here are all the finished cookies! They were perfect for a SuperBowl party because both teams were represented and guests could show their support by picking the cookies of the team they liked better!