How to Make a Football Cookie Cake

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Are y’all ready for some football?

How to make a Football Cookie Cake! Use any cookie recipe or dough to make an easy football cookie cake!

Honestly? If I’m being truthful, I’m never ready. Football just kind of…exists for me. For my husband? It’s a whole ‘nother ballgame. He’s, like, down with the football. Football is Mel’s thang. And I’m just the wife who sits back, scolds the kid for rolling her eyes, and downloads extra books on her kindle from September-January.

All I gotta say is, I’m glad he doesn’t play fantasy baseball. That season is way too long, thankyouverymuch. At least this one is only a few months a year.

How to make a Peanut Butter Football Cookie Cake Recipe

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know a few things about my husband:

  1. He doesn’t eat dessert.
  2. He loves peanut butter more than me.
  3. He loves fantasy football so much that he’s the commissioner of his league and he travels to Arizona to do his draft.

In all fairness to him, #3 is because he’s been playing with the same guys since we lived in Arizona (10 years ago) and it’s become his once-yearly boys draft/golf weekend.

Every year, while he and Jordan make some sort of trophy for the league winner out of dollar store parts, I make some sort of football dessert for him to take to Arizona with him. They all enjoy it during the draft, while they’re on their computers and headsets and doing whatever it is you do during a fantasy draft.

I’ve made Peanut Butter Football Cookies, Football Brownie Pies, Peanut Butter Football Dip, and Nutalla Brownie Footballs, to name just a few. You’ll notice most of them involve some sort of peanut butter. This is Mel, we’re talking about.

This Football Cookie Cake is no different: it is a Peanut Butter Football Cookie Cake. BUT, if you don’t eat peanut butter you can still make this. Really, the recipe is just the method for how to make the football cookie cake.

Peanut Butter Football Cookie Cake Recipe

Seriously, you can make this football cookie cake with any cookie recipe. If you prefer chocolate chip cookies, make this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe but follow the method below for making the football. Or make the football cookie cake out of sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, or chocolate cookies. Just press any of those batters into a 9″ round cake pan and bake until they’re done. Then make them into a football!

Want to know how to make a football cookie cake? Glad you asked. It’s really easy.

How to make an easy football cookie cake recipe

I learned this method of football cookie cake making from my friend Ashton over at Something Swanky. A few years ago I made 13 football cookie cakes for a bar mitzvah, using her method and my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Once Mel planned his fantasy draft weekend this year, I knew I had to make this cookie cake.

Here is what you do to make this football cookie cake:

  1. Bake your cookie cake in a 9″ round pan. Let it cool completely. Make sure you’ve lined the pan with foil or parchment for easy removal.
  2. Make two slices off-center of the cookie, 1″ apart. Discard the 1″ strip. (i.e. eat it)
  3. Melt some chocolate chips. Use a knife to coat the inside cuts with chocolate, then press the halves of the cookie cake together. Voila! You have a football.
  4. Pour the rest of the chocolate on top and spread to the edges. Let it dry, then use white chocolate or frosting to make the laces.
  5. Eat.

Peanut Butter Football Cookie Cake Recipe

So, last week, amidst kitchen construction, I spent way too long making this cookie cake (it’s hard to bake things when your kitchen is spread between several rooms of your house) and then….Mel forgot to take it with him to Arizona.

His loss was my gain. Weight gain, that is. Jordan, me, and the contractors enjoyed this cookie cake immensely. We saved Mel a little piece, so I can, in fact, tag this post with Mel ate it.

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Football Cookie Cake

Celebrate game day with a football cookie cake! It’s easy to make from your favorite cookie recipe!


  • (For a non-peanut butter version use this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (or 1-12 ounce bag)
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or shortening
  • 1 tablespoon White frosting or melted white chocolate


  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, about 1 minute. Add egg, vanilla, milk, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough just comes together, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and nuts.
  2. Line a 9” or 10” round cake pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Press dough into pan.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake for about 18-22 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely before continuing.
  4. To make the football: make two cuts in the cookie cake, 1” apart right on each side of the center. (It’s like you’re cutting it in half but you’re making two long cuts just off center.) Remove the 1” cookie piece. Melt remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips with oil or shortening in the microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring between each. (The oil is to help keep the chocolate from seizing.)
  5. Use a knife or offset spatula to spread some melted chocolate inside the cut halves of the cookie, then press them together to seal. Once the chocolate hardens, the cookie will stick together. You now have a football shaped cookie cake!
  6. Pour the remaining chocolate over the top and spread evenly. Chill to set the chocolate, then pipe on the laces using white frosting or melted white chocolate.


If you don’t want a peanut butter cookie cake, use this chocolate chip cookie cake recipe, but omit the candy corn and assemble as explained here. You can also use any prepackaged refrigerated cookie dough in place of my recipe, just follow the method for cutting and topping the cake.

Football assembly from Something Swanky.

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  1. Football season means that I get to spend Sunday mornings wrangling three kids alone while my husband plays football for three hours. I mean, he’s the quarterback, so I have to let him go. But arg. And then he spends the afternoon tuned out while football is on. So I’m the one rolling my eyes here, not the kids. 🙂
    Maybe if I make this cake, I’ll feel better! Yep, not even a “maybe,” because it looks so good. And…Mel ate it! Another win!

    • Ugh, I remember feeling like that when Jordan was an infant. Now he tapes most of the games and watches them at night, thank goodness! If only we lived closer, we’d do Sunday baking days!!

  2. I can’t stand football, but my husband loves it too! And he would definitely love this football cake. This is so creative, Dorothy!

  3. My husband was freaking out because he thought he wouldn’t be able to watch college football here.  It almost brought him to tears, but thank God for satellite dishes!  Also, can I have the middle piece please?

  4. This looks awesome! I love peanut butter, so I’d never leave that out 🙂 

  5. you are a very very good wife lol

    and this cookie cake looks super delicious and adorable!

  6. With such a yummy treat, even I can get excited about football 🙂

  7. My college football team plays tonight – this looks like a great way to kick off the season!

  8. I’m not a huge fan of football either, but I do love the food that comes along with it!  This is such a fun cake, Dorothy.  I could totally see myself devouring half of that too!  Pinned 🙂

  9. This is brilliant and super cute!!  I am not a football person either, but my husband is.  I am more into the food centered around football.  I bet you just became those contractors new best friend!!

  10. Wow, this looks great. Just when I was thinking about asking if there is any left I realized that I was there and didn’t beg/steal any goodies from you…my loss! 🙁

  11. How fun! And I love the Mel Ate It tag. Too funny! 

  12. Because of #2, #1 can be dismissed.  . well, kind of . . .my husband doesn’t eat dessert either really. .  unless brownies are involved. how did he forget this football cookie cake??!!! thank goodness you saved him a piece! 🙂 

  13. I’m sitting here on the couch catching up on reading my blog emails while my husband has been flipping back and forth between several college games. I wish I had your football cookie to snack on…it would help make more enjoyable…lol 🙂

  14. I wonder if you could use this as a potluck technique…precut the cookie cake, THEN coat it with chocolate so that it only mostly sticks back together but you can pull pieces off. Of course, that only works with thin chocolate or warm chocolate that will come apart again. Still, it might be worth experimenting. Yum…experimenting with cookie cakes.

    • I think you could get that to work, you could even use the recipe to bake the cookies (it should work if you chill the dough first) then put them together in a football shape. You might want to use heavy whipping cream in the chocolate to make a ganache or use a chocolate frosting instead – the pure chocolate chips harden quite a bit and might make it hard to pull apart.

  15. Thankfully my hubby likes college football more than pros, and that season is even shorter 🙂

    Seriously, you should start a book club for all the ladies who don’t watch the games.

  16. You could also use one of those disposable aluminum pie pans and just bend it into a football shape. Benefits of this is that I get to eat the scraps!

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