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Are you ready for some football? Football cookies, that is?

I surely hope so, because they’re made with peanut butter and chocolate!

Peanut Butter Football Cookies - easy to make from my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe!


Tonight is either your favorite night of the year or your least favorite. Or, maybe you’re indifferent. Why? Because tonight is the first night of professional football.

My husband is ecstatic. He’s almost shaking with excitement.

My daughter is depressed. She’s shaking with tears.

Football has returned.

Me? I’m indifferent. I don’t care much one way or another about football. It just means I get to read more in the evenings. 🙂

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know what a fantasy football fanatic fan my husband is. He travels to Arizona for his fantasy draft every August. He’s commissioner of the league. Yes – they have a commissioner. And he takes his job very seriously with spreadsheets and research.

I normally make treats to send with him to his draft. One year I made chocolate sugar cookies. Another year I made Nutella Footballs.

This year I made peanut butter football cookies. You should make them too.

Peanut Butter Football Cookies - easy to make from my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe!

These cookies are way too easy. They’re my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe that have been shaped like footballs. This is the same recipe I’ve used before, in Snickers Stuffed Cookies and Pretzel Toffee Cookies. And don’t worry – no rolling or chilling needed!

I scooped 1 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto my cookie sheets. Then I pressed them flat with the palm of my hand. You want them the same flatness they’d be if you were using a fork to make a criss cross pattern, but it’s easier to frost them without the fork marks (I tried it both ways).

Peanut Butter Football Cookies (1 of 8)

Then, just use your thumb and index finger to pinch the ends to make them look like footballs.

Peanut Butter Football Cookies (2 of 8)

Again, I used 1 tablespoon sized cookie dough balls because I wanted a lot of cookies (the recipe makes 48). If you want bigger footballs or less work, use a 2 tablespoon cookie dough scoop.

Once you’ve baked and cooled your cookies, you drizzle the chocolate on top in the shape of a football. This is easier than it sounds: melt your chocolate chips and then place it in a ziploc bag. You want to cut off just a teeny tiny tip of the corner so it doesn’t come out too fast. Pipe around the edge, then fill in the center. (You can also use a squeeze bottle if you have one.)

After you’ve chilled the footballs so that the chocolate hardens, pipe on the laces using some white chocolate or white frosting.

And voila! Peanut Butter Football Cookies, perfect for tailgating or Sunday afternoon football parties or Saturday college game watching.

Peanut Butter Football Cookies - easy to make from my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe!

Or, if you’re like Jordan, they’re to cheer you up because your dad is hogging the TV and you want to watch Property Brothers. 🙂

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Servings: 48 Cookies

Peanut Butter Football Cookies


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter — softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon Crisco or vegetable oil
  • White icing or white chocolate chips — for the laces


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or silpat baking mats.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add egg, vanilla, milk, and salt and baking soda. Mix until combined. Slowly add flour and mix until dough comes together.
  3. Scoop 1 tablespoon sized balls of dough. Place on cookie sheet 2” apart. Press lightly with your palm to flatten to about 1/2” thickness. Use your thumb and forefinger to pinch the ends to make the cookies look like footballs.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until they just begin to brown. Cool completely on cookie sheets.
  5. Melt the chocolate chips with the crisco or oil, heating in 30 second increments, stirring after each, until smooth. Place chocolate in a ziploc bag and cut of a teeny tip (or use a squirt bottle). Outline the football shape on the cookie, then fill in with the chocolate. Tap the cookie sheet to even out any wrinkles in the chocolate, then chill to harden.
  6. Make the laces with a little white frosting or some melted white chocolate chips. (White frosting is easier!)
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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  1. Too funny….earlier today I pinned your brownie footballs and I thought wait, what’s going on, when I saw this post…you’re quite the ‘football fan’ aren’t you 🙂 This is the only kind of football I would enjoy, that is for sure! pinned 🙂

  2. That chocolate icing looks to die for! These are so cute!

  3. I can totally relate to your household, Dorothy! My husband is so excited that football season is officially here tonight, and even more excited for Sunday’s game because it’s the Bears! But me? No way, football is not my sport! But these cookies would be such a huge hit for both my husband and I . I love that their crammed full of pb and frosted with chocolate. Maybe I will surprise the hubster and make these for Sunday’s game. Pinned!

    • Mel is devastated – he’s working tonight and has to go out of town on Sunday. He’s missing the whole first week!! I have a feeling he’s not leaving the couch all next week, ha!

  4. So cute! I love football season, the food is always the best!

  5. Oh goodness these cookies are amazing!!!! Perfect for football season. I am in love!

  6. Great, football season! Now I can watch my husband disappear.
    These cookies are way too adorable. I think they’ll be happening come the Super Bowl, for sure!

  7. These are so adorable! Food is always my favorite part of football season, especially when it’s cute and festive. 🙂

  8. for someone who isn’t really into football, your football treats are always amazing!

  9. Football isn’t my favourite sport but I will definitely make these, pinned!

  10. I thought I was a big fan, but apparently I fall into the indifferent category. (commissioners, what is this?? 🙂
    But I do know my cookies and these look ridiculously good! Peanut butter, chocolate chips, and fun festive theme? Score, big time!

  11. Woohoo!! IT’s football season! These are cute!

  12. Dorothy I love these!! Also, your husband is kind of awesome. I’m not into football at all, but anyone who gets THAT into a hobby is cool with me. 🙂

  13. Yep, my husband’s been looking forward to this night since the season ended earlier this year… I watch a little with him, but mostly read on the couch while he’s engrossed. These little football cookies are so manly(can’t say cute, can I?)

  14. I have to make these to commemorate the occasion. My daughter says, ” football is starting? Oh, noooooooo!”

  15. Your husband definitely sounds like he takes his football serious! You gotta love men.

    I seriously can’t get over how cute these cookies are Dorothy! I’m sure we will be having people over for football games, I’ll definitely be making these.. and eating them instead of watching football ha! 😉

  16. These are the cutest cookies ever!! You totally rock football food Dorothy! And I love the pb + chocolate combo. Pinned 🙂

  17. bahahaaaaa Jordan is my spirit animal! These cookies are the only football I want in my life! YUM! 😛

  18. Super cute! Love this idea and I bet they’re delicious too! Pinning this so I remember to make them next week!

  19. Well these are just the CUTEST desserts you could ever bring to a game-watching event! Thanks 🙂

  20. I love these! I have a take it or leave it feeling when it comes to football unless of course the Packers are playing! With my family born and raised mostly in Wisconsin we are all packer fans!! However I’d watch any team if I had these cookies to eat while watching! :0)

  21. I dont really care about football either. But I do care about peanut butter cookies!!! YUM!!

  22. Yay for football season and all the yummy food that comes with it! These cookies are adorable!

  23. I can totally relate! My husband is in 4 leagues. One has a commissioner, free agency, a live auction for players complete with salary caps and THEN a draft. Last night was like Christmas Eve for him. I can’t wait to surprise him on Sunday with these football cookies.

  24. These are the cutest peanut butter cookies that I’ve ever seen! My son and I, love peanut butter and he would love these. Too cute!

  25. I am so excited about these cookies!! Pinned!

  26. Oh my goodness, these are the cutest cookies ever Dorothy! It would be the highlight of game day for me since I know nothing about football either – pinning! Hehe and Jordan is too cute – love that she’s a fan of Property Brothers 🙂

  27. We are such a football family, and I know my fiance would love these! So cute!

  28. I loathe football season. My husband ignores me, hogs AND screams at the tv and scares me out of my wits every half hour with the yelling. You are right. I should make these cookies. They are so cute and sound super delicious!

  29. These look AMAZING! I want one right now! 🙂

  30. My dad and I turned on the SF football game last Sunday just to have something going on in the background since our baseball games had ended. (Sports-loving family right here!) Mom walked into the room and immediately said, “Crap! Football season already?” She’s probably right there with Jordan! 😉 But hey, if football season means she and I can eat super cute cookies, we have no problem with that!

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  39. Thanks for sharing!I love it so much.

  40. I found your peanut butter dip post and then saw these cookies in that post and had to check them out. Now I have two new peanut butter recipes for my peanut butter loving fans.

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