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


  • 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


  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


  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. 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 , Bring on the football fare! :)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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.


  13. Wow, perfect!

  14. It’s all sooooooooooooooooooo cute & yummy-liscious!

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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! :)

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

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

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

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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 :)

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

  25. 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!!!!

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

  27. How fun and yummy are these! Absolutely perfect for this football season and add some nutella….perfect!!!
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  28. These could actually get me to watch a football game!! SO yummy!!
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  29. I’m sure the Nutella takes the brownie flavor over the top! I would love these!
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  30. How fun are these! Love this; my boys (husband included) would so crazy for these too!
    Mackenzie :)
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  31. These are so cute! I love the football dip too! :)
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  32. 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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