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Peanut Butter Football Dip

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The original Peanut Butter Football Dip – a football shaped sweet dip filled with peanut butter and chocolate!

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So…Sunday is the Superbowl.

I don’t even know who is playing. I think the Giants are. Once the Niners lost, I kinda stopped paying attention.

{Not that I was paying attention before. I just made sure to know what was happening during that three hour period that the 49ers were actually playing. Before and after? No clue.}

We’ve talked about how much my husband loves football. I was even nice enough that, during that ill-fated playoff game the Sunday before last, I took Jordan to Hell Chuck E. Cheese to play. So he could watch it alone. In silence. Without Jordan pretending to be a character in Mystery Science Theatre.

Before Jordan was in elementary school I would take her away for the weekend of the Superbowl. We’d come home Monday morning and I’d fast-forward through the DVR’d game to watch the commercials.

Now that she starts school at 7:50am on Mondays, traveling is a little problematic. For she and I, anyway.

My husband solved that problem. He conveniently scheduled a business trip in the Bay Area for bright and early Monday morning. So he has to go stay at a hotel on Sunday night. Rendering him alone to watch the Superbowl in peace.

So, Jordan and I will be home Sunday. If we don’t go to a party, we’ll tape the game and watch the commercials. Thanks to Janet and Justin, I think it’s safe for her. Mostly. Thank goodness for mute, pause, and fast-forward.

Oh, and we’re gonna break this baby out and eat it for dinner.
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It’s like a cheeseball. But it’s peanut butter. With chocolate chips. Oh, Pinterest, how I love thee. (Ages ago I pinned this picture. It inspired this football.)

It’s super easy to make.  Make your batter and form it into a football. Then cover it in chocolate sprinkles. Or cocoa powder. Or mini chocolate chips. Whatever. Just cover it in something that makes it look like a football. Or, if you don’t like football and don’t plan to watch the game, you could make this for Valentine’s Day.

Then eat it. With pretzels. Or cookies. Or a spoon, which is my preferred method.

{Note to husband: See what you’re missing out on honey? You know you’d rather stay home and eat this and wrestle with Jordan instead of watching the game in a cushy hotel room.}


Enjoy! Have fun watching men in spandex football! (I know I will.)

Peanut Butter Football Dip

Peanut Butter Football Dip


  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter (your choice; crunchy or smooth)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar (up to 2 cups if needed)
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • Chocolate sprinkles or chocolate chips for the outside of the football
  • White chocolate or frosting for the football laces


  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and peanut butter until mixed (using a hand-held mixer). Mix in vanilla.
  2. Add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, and mix until combined. (If you want a stiffer mixture, add the extra ½ cup of powdered sugar.) Mix in chocolate chips.
  3. Turn out mixture on a large sheet of waxed paper. Use your hands to form into a football shape. (This would also be cute as “lips” for Valentine’s Day!)
  4. Place the waxed paper onto your serving plate. (It helps if the plate has sides…less mess!) Cover in sprinkles or chocolate chips, pressing them into the surface a little so they stick. Pipe on the laces using melted white chocolate or some leftover frosting and chill until ready to serve.
  5. Serving suggestion: pretzels, animal crackers, cookies, a spoon.


If your mixture is too soft to form into a football shape, chill it for about 15-30 minutes. (The length of chilling time depends on how soft it starts.) The freezer will speed up this step.

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145 Responses to “Peanut Butter Football Dip”

  1. Cathy S. posted on March 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm (#)

    Could dip it with celery for a no-wheat alternative.


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on March 24th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      For sure! And to make it healthy. Celery has negative calories, right? It’ll make the peanut butter better for you.


    • Laura replied on September 7th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Celery was a delicious dipper – in fact it was my favorite. The saltiness of the celery balanced out the richness of the dip for me. We also dipped pretzels and animal crackers. Yum!


      • Dorothy Kern replied on September 7th, 2013 at 6:14 pm

        OMG. Celery – you’re a genius. I always go to sweet, but I like the way you think. Celery has negative calories, right? So I can eat more dip? ha!

  2. Anonymous posted on July 12, 2012 at 11:03 am (#)

    how do you make the batter?


  3. Anonymous posted on August 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm (#)

    could u make this the night before and it still be ok ?


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on August 24th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Yes! I had some in my refrigerator for several days. It should hold it’s shape fine. :)


  4. emily posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:54 am (#)

    Is this the size of a dinner plate? Or smaller? I’m trying to decide how many chocolate sprinkles I need to buy to cover the whole thing


    • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust replied on August 27th, 2012 at 7:26 am

      The plate I used was an oblong dinner plate size. If you have a walmart in your area, they sell a large tub of the chocolate jimmies – it’s cheaper than buying a few little bottles! I probably used about 1 cup of sprinkles, give or take a bit.


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  7. Katie posted on September 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm (#)

    Is there is step missing about firming up the ‘batter’? After creaming everything, it seems very soft and hard to form into a shape.


    • crazyforcrust replied on September 7th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      If it is too soft, pop it in to the fridge to chill for a little while. How soft it is after creaming depends on how soft your butter/cream cheese was, and how the temp is in your house. Chilling it for about 30 minutes should help you form the shape. It won’t get super hard, more like soft play dough. (If you’re running short on time, you can freeze it for about 15 minutes instead of using the refrigerator.) Enjoy!


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  11. Teri posted on October 5, 2012 at 6:06 pm (#)

    I just found your blog….omg…I think I will get up and go make this for college football tomorrow. You have some terrific recipes .


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 7th, 2012 at 7:23 pm

      Oh, I hope you enjoyed it! I need to have a football party so I can make it again. :)


  12. Erika posted on October 9, 2012 at 8:53 am (#)

    Oh my god this is AMAZING! If I made this for my boyfriend, I think he would explode with joy.

    Um who am I kidding. If I made this for myself, I would be…………….super happy :) Love your blog :)


    • crazyforcrust replied on October 9th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      LOL! Same here. 😉 And thanks!


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  16. Deborah Vaughn posted on January 18, 2013 at 9:59 am (#)

    Green colored coconut.


  17. donika@momwhats4dinner posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:35 am (#)

    This looks great! My dad is a football coach so he will love this! Can’t wait to try it out! ~Donika


  18. Leah posted on January 27, 2013 at 3:37 pm (#)

    I’m making this as one of my Super Bowl treats, it sounds amazing. Can’t wait for the grandkids to taste it.


    • KWR replied on February 1st, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Im making it for a superbowl party but instead making it vegan sounds yummy!!!!!!!!!!


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  21. Chewoutloud posted on January 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm (#)

    Cute, cute idea! LOVE it. Love Pinterest, and adore your spin. I’d better have plenty of eaters around when I make this, so I don’t end up eating the entire football. Because I would. Eat the entire thing. 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 31st, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Yes, totally. It’s addicting!


  22. Jogalog posted on January 31, 2013 at 7:00 am (#)

    I’ve never seen anything like this before. My husband would be so happy if I made it for him though!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 31st, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      I bet he would! My husband wants me to make it again this year. :)


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  30. SaraBeth posted on April 23, 2013 at 9:41 pm (#)

    This has become a favorite in our house & with family / friends!!!! After making a football for the Super Bowl, I gave also made a rainbow fish for my dad’s surprise 60th party & now a pencil for secretaries day tomorrow! Thanks for sharing!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on April 24th, 2013 at 6:34 am

      I love that!!! So great to do it in different shapes. That’s a perfect idea!


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  32. Elizabeth posted on August 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm (#)

    OMG! This sounds delish. Would it be okay to sit out in the heat all day at a tailgate? Or does it need to stay refrigerated?


  33. Heather - Chickabug posted on September 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm (#)

    Found this just in time for football season! So cute! : )


  34. Vanessa posted on September 9, 2013 at 11:24 am (#)

    OMFG! It’s SO GOOD it’s DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I made this for a football party and it almost didn’t make it to the party! It was SOOOOOO unbelievable that I almost couldn’t stop eating it after scraping the bowl, licking the spoons, fingers, and mixer prongs clean. I have never done that before lol Then I tried some on a pretzel and it was even more amazing if you can believe it!!! I did not use parchment paper for this. I WILL be making this again! Thank you to whoever created this recipe!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 9th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks Vanessa!! It is one of our family favorites too!


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  37. Happier Than A Pig in Mud posted on October 14, 2013 at 1:36 pm (#)

    Just made this on Sunday and it was great! Wanted to say thanks for such a fun idea:@)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 14th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it!


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  40. Nanny B posted on October 31, 2013 at 7:06 am (#)

    I want to try this with chocolate and white chocolate stripes. Make it like a giant Buckeye! Perfect for a Ohio state game.


  41. Erin @ Making Memories posted on November 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm (#)

    Oh my heck! Yum. I think I would eat the entire thing.


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  43. Kathy Pack posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:57 am (#)

    Wowser…I’m super excited to make this! We are a football family…nothing gets done from late August through January in our house, lol! Love your blog and now following you on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 23rd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks for following! This PB dip is my favorite ever. :) Enjoy!


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  57. Robin Boateng posted on January 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm (#)

    Dorothy, I just saw you are featured in this week’s issue of Women’s World magazine. Congratulations! This dip looks delicious. I’m sure to try it out soon!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 23rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks Robin! I wasn’t sure when it was coming out. I just sent my husband to the store. :)


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  74. Melissa posted on February 1, 2014 at 12:12 pm (#)

    Anybody ever try to cover this with crushed Oreo cookie crumbs instead of sprinkles?


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  80. Gretchen posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm (#)

    I made this for a super bowl party and it was a big hit, thank you! I am wondering if I can make this and freeze it for a few days, what do you think? I want to make it ahead and have it ready for a crowd this weekend. Thank you!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 26th, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I would freeze it without the sprinkles then add those after it defrosts. The sprinkles can be finicky and might get funky looking if frozen! Enjoy!


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  100. Teresa posted on January 19, 2015 at 11:39 am (#)

    This used too much ink and paper! Three sheets is way too much for this. Very disappointed with the amount of ink used. ( 5 pictures of the same thing) The ingredients and directions should ALL fit on one sheet of paper. This format is not convenient!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 19th, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      I’m not sure why that’s happening, but I’ll check on it. Normally they do all fit on one sheet, I’m not sure why so many photos are showing up!

      In the future when you’re printing, you can tell your printer to only print as many pages as you need. I do that a lot when I don’t want photos!


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  104. Hope posted on January 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm (#)

    You had me at Niners. <3
    But this looks quite good.  Better than our team this year.  Here's to Superbowl 50!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 26th, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Thank you Hope! Enjoy the game!


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  110. Lori Smith posted on January 31, 2015 at 8:01 am (#)

    I am about to make this for the third time in a handful of months. It is a new family favorite and my kids asked for me to make “that yummy football” for Superbowl Sunday. My reply: “I already got the ingredients.” I discovered a new dipper – Snyder’s Pretzel Spoons! I was looking for football-shaped pretzels for game day and struck out (to mix my sports metaphors) but found and bought the pretzel spoons. If there is anything more perfect for this dip, I don’t know what it is.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 31st, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      PRETZEL SPOONS? Oh my gosh I must find that. So cool! And thank you, I’m so glad you enjoy it!!


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  118. Christina posted on March 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm (#)

    I love/hate you for this. I love you because this is AMAZING and I “hate” you because it’s so amazing that I always find an excuse to make it. A spoon is also my preferred method of consuming this deliciousness! 😀


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 9th, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      LOL, I love/hate me too. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!!


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