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Football Cookie Cake on parchment paper
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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!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 618kcal
Author: Dorothy Kern
Cost: $8


Use the following recipe for the cookie cake itself or choose one linked in the notes:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts optional

To assemble the cookie cake (with an 8-inch or 9-inch round cookie cake):

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil or shortening
  • 1 tablespoon White frosting or melted white chocolate


  • 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.
  • Line a 9” round cake pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Press dough into pan.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Bake for about 18-22 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely before continuing.
  • 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.)
  • 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!
  • 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.



Other Cookie Recipes to use:

If you don't want to top the cake with melted chocolate, use chocolate buttercream frosting.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 301mg | Potassium: 282mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 388IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg