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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Touch Down!!! Bring on the Football Cookies (Funny Faces)

Cole has started flag football and for his games we didn't have a real plan for treats, so of course I decide I would just take that over and do that!  I wanted my treats not to be something boring I wanted something fun!!!  I went to Pinterest and did some searching!  I found a cute picture (of course not linked to anything) of Football cookies made with funny faces.  I started with a ginger cookie for my footballs and went to town decorating.  They turned out GREAT I must say my favorite one in this theme so far!

For the ginger cookies I used a recipe found on  This was an easy recipe and I happened to have a football cookie cutter that I used when I rolled the dough out.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (optional)

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until well blended.  In a large bowl (KitchenAid's great for this) beat butter, brown sugar, and egg on medium speed until well blended.  Add molasses, vanilla, and lemon zest and continue to mix until well blended.  Gradually stir in dry ingredients until blended and smooth.

Divide dough in half and wrap each half in plastic and let stand at room temperature for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.  Preheat oven to 375°.  Grease or line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Place 1 portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Sprinkle flour over dough and rolling pin.  Roll dough to a scant 1/4-inch thick.  Use additional flour to avoid sticking. Cut out cookies with football cutter. Space cookies 1 1/2-inches apart.  Bake 1 sheet at a time for 7-10 minutes (the lower time will give you softer cookies).  Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow the cookies to stand until the cookies are firm enough to move to a wire rack.

After the cookies cooled I went to town decorating.  I made a few different faces.  The boys loved it.

What you need:
White Gel (I recommend Wilton)
Black Gel (I recommend Wilton)
Wilton Candy Eyes
Baked cookies
Bottom shows a few different faces.

I found a football dish at the Dollar Tree Store

These were pretty darn simple the hardest part was making the dough a cutting out the cookies.  WELL of course also not eating them all, this is my favorite type of cookie.

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  1. Love them. I think the faces are awesome, but you could totally go either way with these - faces or not. They would rock either way!

    1. You read my mind I'm thinking of doing a batch with out faces :)

  2. The cookies are adorable (delicious too I bet) You did it again Mom!

  3. They are just adorable. I'm sure the kids went crazy for them. Total touchdown Mom

  4. Hi Alexis,
    I am coming over from Give Me the Goods Link Party. First all, I want to tell you Congrats on your weight loss ...that is Awesome!!!
    second, I am following you now on google and pinterest and , love your football cookie I pin it to my pinterest board.
    I would love for you to visit
    Have a great week,

  5. Oh my goodness these are adorable!! I think I am definitely going to have to make them for the next football party I go to. I know they'd be the hit of the party. Pinned them too :)

  6. Really cute Alexis... But then I wouldn't have expected anything different from your kitchen.

  7. These are so cute! Featuring this at Family Fun Friday!


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