These Football Cookies for the Super Bowl are decorated sugar cookies topped with royal icing. They are the perfect way to celebrate the big game, and with a little creativity, you can make these cookies without even purchasing special football cookie cutters!
Every year I make Football Cookies for the Super Bowl, and I ship them off to my sports-loving nephews and nieces in the midwest. Me, I’m not the biggest football fan, but parties and cookies are another story. I LOVE decorating sugar cookies, so find me an occasion, and I’ll make you some cookies.
Just like everything I bake, I often gift my decorated sugar cookies, and since the local team around here (The Patriots, have you ever heard of them?) is in the Super Bowl…again, I gifted a bunch of these Football Cookies for the Super Bowl to friends who I know love the team. But the majority of these are going to my 16 year-old nephew who lives in Chicago (go Bears!), but is a diehard Patriots fan thanks to his dad’s hometown in Massachusetts.
I’ve made Football Cookies for the Super Bowl in the past, but I think this set is my favorite. You’ll notice Tom Brady is the only jersey I made this year, and that’s because my nephew’s favorite players from years’ past have been traded to other teams. Brady is what he wanted, so Brady is what I made.
I’ve been doing this cookie thing for a while now, and my recipe has changed. Because I bake and decorate so many sugar cookies, I’ve converted the recipe to weight measurements instead of volume. I’ve also changed my original recipe pretty substantially. I’m not ready to share my recipe, and I’m not sure I ever will, but there are so many amazing sugar cookie recipes out there. Here are my favorites: Sweet Sugar Belle, The Barefoot Baker, and Lila Loa. Check them out, and see which ones work the best for you.
But I do want to share some details on how I decorated these guys. For food color, I always use AmeriColor food gel. Here are the colors I used for this set of Football Sugar Cookies for the Super Bowl:
As for cookie cutters, I used these guys. Altering the cut cookie by cutting along the dotted lines. The onesie cutter turned into the jerseys and the umpire shirt. The large square got chopped in half to make the stadiums, and the upside down tiered cake created the field goal cutter. I couldn’t find my football cutter (which is probably buried in one of my cookie cutter bins) , so I just hand cut those cookies. And I don’t own a Super Bowl trophy cuter, so I hand cut those also. What does it mean to hand cut? It means I drew a template of the shape on a piece of cardboard, and used a sharp paring knife to cut it out of the dough. Is it more time consuming than using a cookie cutter? Yes. But it works in a pinch!
To add some texture to these cookies, I also used some coarse yellow sanding sugar and rainbow nonpareils to the stadium cookies. I was hoping to paint the trophy cookies in a metallic silver, but I ran out of time!
Aside from these Football Cookies for the Super Bowl, we’re heading to a friend’s house to watch the game. For me, it’ll be more like eating a lot of food and hanging out with friends and maybe catching a play or two on TV. Do you have any special plans? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!