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Football Cookies

Cheer on your football team with these football sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. These decorated sugar cookies make for a perfect Super Bowl dessert!

football cookies sugar cookies decorated with brown and white royal icing

Football cookies are ready to brighten up your football tailgating, team party, or Super Bowl event. Super Bowl excitement is reaching all-time highs here in Denver! We are all cheering for the Broncos and can’t wait to watch the game on Sunday!

While I am sure the usual football food like mozzarella sticks, chili, chips & dip, and finger foods are going to make an appearance at many of our homes this weekend, don’t let dessert fall into the background. Try these fun football cookies to keep the football theme going at your party.

Do you have a favorite cut out cookie recipe? Go ahead and use it for these football shaped cookies. I baked the football cookies with a cut-out cookie recipe from Bridget of Bake at 350. 

I like making sports cookies because the shapes are instantly recognized and the colors are not complicated. A themed dessert might be just the sweet bite that your football fans need as they watch a big game.

Find a football cookie cutter (mine is from a box of cookie cutters from Target) or modify a cookie cutter that you already have into a football shape. Once I used a Christmas cookie cutter that was originally meant to be a Christmas ornament. Instead I pulled out the sides slightly and turned it into a football shaped cookie cutter.

Amazon has a number of football cookie cutter sets to choose from. Decorate with royal icing first with a layer of brown royal icing then add the details of the stitching of the ball with a white royal icing. These football sugar cookies are simple yet adorable!

Football Party cookies!

These sporty cookies would also be great for a youth football team party, a gift for a football coach, or any old weekend when football is the main event. And let’s not forget these football themed cookies for your Super Bowl desserts!

Get creative with the royal icing colors and cheer on your favorite college team or NFL team. We may have to wait a few more years to cheer on the Broncos but gosh it is fun to have a local team head to the Super Bowl!

Football Cookies

Football Cookies

Make these fun football shaped cookies for the Super Bowl, a football party, or a sports themed birthday party!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • Football shaped sugar cookies
  • brown royal icing
  • white royal icing


  • Football shaped cookie cutter
  • Icing Piping Bag


  1. Bake the football shaped cookies
  2. Outline the cookies with the brown royal icing. Fill in with the brown icing. Let dry slightly.
  3. Move on to the white royal icing and pipe the lines onto the balls to create the look of the stitching on the football. Let dry completely,

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Get the Football Party Favor Free Printable

A great reason to make decorated football cookies is to celebrate a birthday. If your family is celebrating a sports themed birthday party, print these thank you labels for football party favors. 

football label image for party favors

Access my FREE Printables Library. You’ll be able to download a sheet of 12 labels that you can print at home. These labels are perfect for party favors or to make your own thank you notes.

This file is formatted to 2 inch circle stickers from Avery product 22817.

Pinterest photo of decorated football sugar cookies and free printable

Looking for more decorated cookies for your sports’ fans? Try these

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Post originally published in 2014.


Friday 31st of January 2014

Super cute things for Superbowl! And I am rooting for the men in orange!

Yvette {Muy Bueno}

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

Ah man! I just wrote an article for last week about football shaped-food. I wish these beauties would have been in that round-up. Love them! Super cute ;)

Holly F

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

Oh thanks, Yvette! I bet you found a great round up of football related food. Your individual 7 layer dips should be in many football-loving homes this weekend. It was a super idea!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

These are too cute, Holly! I'm leaning towards the Broncos as well. However, I won't be disappointed if the Seahawks win! :)

Holly F

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

Sometimes it is more relaxing to watch a game and really not mind who wins...but here in Denver we are all cheering for the Broncos! Have a good weekend, Julie!

Karen Harris

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

These are so cute! I bet they taste as good as they look.

Holly F

Wednesday 29th of January 2014

Thanks, Karen!

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