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Nutella Brownie Footballs with Peanut Butter Shortbread Crust

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Are you ready for some Football?

Honestly? I’m not really. Football is just…not my thing.

My husband? Is another story.

Last weekend he did his annual boys’ trip. He went to Arizona, where most of his “boys” reside.

The point of his trip? Fantasy Football.

If you remember last years’ post, he’s commissioner. He makes spreadsheets and graphs and watches NFL network like a crazy person in the weeks leading up to the draft. And, also, after, because God forbid Peyton Mannings’ receiver gets hurt before the season starts.

He actually won last year (go Merverts!) I hope that can be replicated this year. They play for money. (Mama needs a new camera.)

Of course, I immediately thought about Football themed treats when he started planning his insane weekend. And I knew just what to make; something he would love and not be able to refuse!

Nutella and peanut butter. (Aka, God’s gift to humanity.)

I made a peanut butter shortbread crust and baked the Nutella brownies on top. Soft and fudgy meets peanut buttery wonderful, if you ask me.

I cut out the footballs after they baked, then added the laces using white chocolate. My cookie cutter was large, so I only got about six footballs and I had lots of scraps that tasted sooooooo good.  These are definitely a make-again-treat.

Of course next time, maybe I’ll make them for one of the huge events in my life. Like, say, the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy or the reunion of the New Jersey Housewives.

Way more entertaining than football! {But don’t tell hubby that!}

Nutella Brownie Footballs with Peanut Butter Shortbread Crust

Brownie Recipe from Mother Thyme

Ingredients

  • For the Crust
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • For the Brownies
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • Football Cookie Cutter
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips, for decoration

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: beat butter, peanut butter, and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Slowly mix in the flour and beat until combined. Press into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  3. Make the brownies: whisk flour and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add Nutella and mix until creamy. Stir in flour mixture. Pour over the top of the crust and spread evenly with a spatula.
  4. Bake for 25-28 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.
  5. For footballs: Using a football shaped cookie cutter, cut the brownies. Melt the white chocolate chips and place in a ziploc bag. Snip off one corner and pipe the laces of the footballs. Let harden before stacking.
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Need some other football inspiration?

Peanut Butter Football Dip

Footballs Cookies with Chocolate Royal Icing

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68 Responses to “Nutella Brownie Footballs with Peanut Butter Shortbread Crust”

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on September 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm (#)

    Oh boy. These cookies (brownies?) would be inhaled in our household, where the two boys seem to dominate the living room like it will be bombarded by females wanting to watch bridal shows during the game (this MAY be based on a true situation…) But football or not, I totally want one. A brownie with a crust? I love you, man.

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 2nd, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      I love you too. Wish I would have given you some scraps. He got 6, I ate the rest. :)

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  2. Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking posted on September 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm (#)

    I love football, Greys Anatomy, Peanut Butter and Nutella. Just not maybe in that order. Those look divine!

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  3. Kristin posted on September 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm (#)

    I enjoy Steelers football and PSU football. And the general fall weather that surrounds football. But I don’t watch football just to watch football.
    I would make these for a Dexter season premiere party. Hmmm….I could cut them into little knives lol.

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

      LOL, that would be funny. I need to get Dexter on Netflix. I’ve always wanted to watch it. But my husband wouldn’t watch it with me. “Too gross!”

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    • madge | the vegetarian casserole queen replied on September 9th, 2012 at 4:52 am

      Bless you Kristin! I too am a PSU football fan. We have a tough year ahead of us…

      So I’m hoping the Steelers season is another good one!!!

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      • crazyforcrust replied on September 9th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        I heart PSU, just on principle. Why should the players be punished??? Now the Steeler’s…I may have to disagree. I’m a SF fan all the way, ha! :) Thanks for visiting!

  4. Erin posted on September 2, 2012 at 8:45 pm (#)

    Brandon is at a Fantasy Football draft as we speak. I think the wives deserve these for all that we sacrifice during football season. YUM.

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  5. Back For Seconds posted on September 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm (#)

    These are perfect! I couldn’t care less about football, but peanut butter and brownies? Love! Plus they’re really cute ;)

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Me neither! :) Thanks. PB & Nutella…I care about those. :)

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  6. Lindsay Ann @ Dollhouse Bake Shoppe posted on September 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm (#)

    These look amazing! By far the best/most delicious/creative “football brownie” I’ve ever seen!

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Thanks Lindsay! That means a lot coming from you!

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  7. Tiffany, aka Streusel posted on September 3, 2012 at 6:47 am (#)

    I feel the same way about football, uugh! But these brownies would make football easier to watch. If you want to hear about how much I like football and some other football snacks check out , http://strudelandstreusel.com/2012/01/27/soft-pretzel-bites/. Bring on the football fare! :)

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:01 am

      Yes, I think the food is what makes football season do-able. :) Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Abby posted on September 3, 2012 at 6:53 am (#)

    These are so cute! We have a husband/wife/significant other fantasy league and it’s hilarious! During the draft we girls started talking about guliana ransic having her baby, hehehe. Drives the men crazy.

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Too funny, I could see the conversation going there and the steam coming out of the men’s ears! Ha! :)

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  9. Meg @ Sweet Twist posted on September 3, 2012 at 7:09 am (#)

    Super Cute! I used to love football when I was in high school. I don’t really follow it anymore but it is the one sport I could sit and watch.

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  10. Heather @French Press posted on September 3, 2012 at 8:34 am (#)

    we are a football loving family – I can see these treats in my not so distant future:)

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 9:10 am

      :) Enjoy! Wednesday is a big day for you then, ha!

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  11. Mel posted on September 3, 2012 at 9:08 am (#)

    These were so delicious and before I ever pulled them out at the draft people were asking me if you made something for them to munch on. they were a big hit and I may have kept one in my hotel room for after the draft. A little selfish of me I know!

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Well, if it was me, no one would have gotten any. So, um, not selfish. :) <3

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  12. Angi posted on September 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm (#)

    Oh man! I am in trouble now! These look to die for!

    By the way…I love the updated blog. Did you switch it to wordpress yourself or did someone do it for you? I’ve been thinking of changing mine over too.

    Hugs…Angi

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Angi! I did up the site myself and had someone move me. I’m planning to do a few posts about it…of course! :)

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  13. Jessi posted on September 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm (#)

    Wow, perfect!

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  14. The Better Baker posted on September 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm (#)

    It’s all sooooooooooooooooooo cute & yummy-liscious!

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  15. Winnie posted on September 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm (#)

    Dorothy you amaze me every time
    I love your taste! These are super
    Lucky me my other-half doesn’t like football (actually here football is what you call socker . The kind of football that you have is not familiar here), but he would definitely love these awesome treats

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:16 pm

      I bet the feeling about your soccer is the same as our football – insane! Sports can make someone crazy everytime, ha. Thanks so much Winnie!

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  16. Liz posted on September 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm (#)

    I need to buy a football cookie cutter…even my daughter is a huge football fan. I’m surrounded :/ You have so many cute ideas for the season!

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Liz! :) At least my daughter feels the same way I do, ha!

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  17. Dottie posted on September 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm (#)

    These look absolutely delish! Great job! Would love if you’d join our Countdown to Fall link party! Hope to see you there! Happy Labor Day! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_09_03_archive.html

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 3rd, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks Dottie! I’ll be sure to stop by. :)

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  18. Sue {munchkin munchies} posted on September 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm (#)

    What!?! A Nutella brownie, and THEN a shortbread crust WITH peanut butter!?! WOW!!!

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  19. Nicky @ Pink Recipe Box posted on September 4, 2012 at 1:08 am (#)

    These sound fantastic! I love the nutella and PB combo. (Love the new look of your site, too!)

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  20. Tonia @TheGunnySack posted on September 4, 2012 at 6:39 am (#)

    I’m not into football either but this dessert sure looks delicious!

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  21. Crystal {@phatbakes} posted on September 4, 2012 at 7:57 am (#)

    Very creative! Love the footballs. I wish the hubs was into football more so i could entertain fun things like this!

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 4th, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Thanks Crystal! It’s a double edged sword, ha!

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  23. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on September 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm (#)

    I’m actually a crazed football fan. I know, it’s kind of weird for such a girlie-girl, but I LOVE IT. And these brownie/cookies/big hunks of awesomeness would be a complete hit at our tailgate parties! I’m going to have to make some of these to wow my group!

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 4th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      I hope you enjoy. Hunks of awesomeness kinda describes them perfectly! :)

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  24. Hilary posted on September 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm (#)

    These look delicious! I am definitely going to make them for the first A&M football game this weekend! I’ve always loved football, it’s a very Texas thing I guess :)

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  25. Raquel posted on September 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm (#)

    So excited for football! Love Nutella and brownies! Going to have to try this!

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  27. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm (#)

    How in the world did I miss these cute and delicious brownies? Who cares about football on tv when I can have fudgey nutella footballs in my hands!!! These are awesome!!!!

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    • crazyforcrust replied on September 10th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      I know, huh???!!! Thanks Jocelyn!

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  28. Michelle posted on September 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm (#)

    Everything looks amazing! I love the shortbread crust on the brownies. Two of my favorites. I will definitely be trying these. Thanks for sharing.
    Michelle

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  30. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon posted on January 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm (#)

    How fun and yummy are these! Absolutely perfect for this football season and add some nutella….perfect!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 14th, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Nutella is the best thing everrrr. :)

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  31. Jenn posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:23 pm (#)

    These could actually get me to watch a football game!! SO yummy!!

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  32. Tonia@thegunnysack posted on January 15, 2013 at 7:29 am (#)

    I’m sure the Nutella takes the brownie flavor over the top! I would love these!

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  33. Mackenzie posted on January 16, 2013 at 11:12 am (#)

    How fun are these! Love this; my boys (husband included) would so crazy for these too!
    Mackenzie :)

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  34. Crystal posted on January 19, 2013 at 7:41 pm (#)

    These are so cute! I love the football dip too! :)

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  35. donika@momwhats4dinner posted on January 27, 2013 at 9:41 am (#)

    I am loving all these football themed treats! My dad is a football coach and is obsessed with football…gotta try all of them out! Thanks for sharing! ~Donika

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 27th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks Donika! :) My husband is obsessed, so I’m always making new things for him!

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