Football season is here! Whether you are cheering on your child’s team or your favorite NFL team, football season brings with it plenty of reason to gather with friends and enjoy good food. Chips and dips often get the spotlight for football party foods but there is always room for a quick and easy dessert at your tailgating spread. These playful cookie balls should be thought of as cousins to the ever popular cake ball. Did you miss the cake ball craze? I’ll fill you in– cake balls are made by taking crumbled up cake, adding icing, making that dough into balls then dipping the balls into chocolate. Same idea here but with COOKIES! No baking required. I used Sprouts Vanilla Sandwich cookies, added cream cheese, then dipped the balls into semi-sweet chocolate. Decorate with sprinkles in your team’s colors or make the white lines on top to turn these chocolate truffle-like dessert balls into footballs.
- 2/3 package of Sprouts Vanilla Sandwich Crème Cookies (about 30 cookies)
- 4 oz Sprouts Organic Cream Cheese
- 2 packages Sprouts Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1 cup Sprouts Powdered Sugar
- 1 tsp. milk
- Place cookies in a food processor and process until cookies are small crumbs.
- Slice the cream cheese into smaller pieces and scatter over the cookie crumbs. Process until well blended into a dough-like consistency.
- Scoop approximately one tablespoon of the dough and shape into balls with your hands. Refrigerate on a parchment lined pan for at least 30 minutes.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. (Alternatively use a microwave at 50% power in 30 second increments until the chocolate has melted.) Dip the balls one at a time into the melted chocolate. Use a spatula to rotate the ball so that it is covered with chocolate on all sides. Gently lift up the ball with a fork; tap the fork lightly on the side of the saucepan/bowl to allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Set on a parchment lined baking pan then place into the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.
- Optional white icing: Mix the powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Place the icing in a zip loc bag then cut one corner of the bag so that the icing can be piped onto the footballs. Keep the cookie balls refrigerated (if at home) or in a cooler (if tailgating) until ready to serve.
I used Sprouts Brand ingredients in this dessert. Check out more tailgating ideas, recipes, and tips at Sprouts Brand website.
Many thanks to Sprouts for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.