Even though Super Bowl parties are filled with all sorts of appetizers and salty snacks, sometimes people want a sweet treat as well.
One of my new favourite cookies to bake are soft sugar cookies. Even though sugar cookies have been around forever, I did not bake them much. Recently, I made a giant sugar cookie that was a little thicker than normal. The end result was a soft chewy sugar cookie that is possibly better than any I have had before. Plus, the buttercream frosting on top makes for one incredible sugar cookie.
So, with Super Bowl in mind, I decided to make a couple of giant sugar cookies with a NFL theme and design on them. The cookies not only taste great but add some colourful pizzaz to your display of goodies at the party. Your guests will just love the design and the great thing is that they can be cut up and eaten!
You seriously can’t beat that! These cookies are amazing.
To go along with the sugar cookies, here are a handful of great Super Bowl appetizers!
- Potato Skins – Bacon and Cheddar
- Three Ingredient Guacamole
- Buffalo Chicken Wings
- Beer Battered Onion Rings and Cajun Dip
- Baked Nacho Cheese Dip
For these cookies, I decided to make a football and an NFL logo design. I went online and found the images I wanted to use, printed them as large as they would fit on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. There are no right or wrong images really. You can search and find any that you think would work. Whatever images you choose, try to print them so that the size is as big as possible on the 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
One idea that I also had was that it would be a neat idea to make the two cookies in the shape and design of the logos of the two football teams in the super bowl. What a great presentation for super bowl having those two giant cookies side by side on a platter.
To make the sugar cookie dough, first cream together the soft butter with the sugar. I run the stand mixer on medium when creaming the butter with the sugar.
Then, turn the mixer down to low and slowly add in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add just a little of flour at a time, waiting for it to incorporate into the butter mixture, before adding more. Once all the flour is mixed in, continue to mix for another minute so that the dough is smooth and consistent.
Take the dough out of the mixing bowl, pack into a football type shape and place on a sheet of plastic wrap.
Wrap the dough in the plastic wrap and place in the fridge to chill for 2-3 hours. Chilling is an essential part of making a good sugar cookie.
Chilled dough rolls so much better and does not stick to the rolling pin. I have tried to skip the chilling step and it was an effort in frustration.
One other benefit of chilled dough is that it holds its shape better during baking.
Once chilled, take the dough out of the fridge and remove the plastic wrap. Cut into two equal portions.
Place one portion of the dough on a silicone baking sheet. I like to roll the dough and cut it into desired shapes right on the silicone sheet. Then, you do not need to worry about lifting it up and transferring it over.
Roll the dough to an even 3/8 inch even thickness.
You may find it easier to roll with the silicone not on the baking sheet, but resting on the kitchen counter or table. If the baking sheet has side lips, then that will make the rolling more of a challenge.
Once rolled, place the football cutout on top of the rolled dough. If the dough is not quite rolled enough, roll a little more to ensure that it is beyond the edges of the stencil.
Use a butter knife to cut along the edge of the football stencil. A butter knife is sharp enough to cut through the dough. Do not use anything sharper, as you don’t want to cut into the silicone at all.
Lift away the excess dough and the paper stencil. You should have the perfect football shaped cookie dough cutout.
For the NFL logo, you can follow the same steps as for the football cutout. Roll it out so that is 3/8 inches thick and the dough is rolled out beyond the cutout of the paper NFL logo stencil. Place the stencil on the dough and cut around it.
Remove the excess dough and the paper stencil and you have the perfect cutout of the NFL logo.
It is now time to bake the cookies. I bake them at 350F for somewhere between 11-15 minutes. I set the timer on the oven for 10 minutes and then after that I watch them closely. You want to bake them until just before they start to brown on the bottom.
As you can see in the picture above, the tip on the corner was just starting to brown and I quickly pulled them out. While that spot was a little brown, the rest of the bottom of the cookie had not browned yet. The cookie was perfectly baked. Soft and light texture and basically melted in your mouth. So good!
One other thing to look for is the top of the cookie. It will not resemble shiny dough, but instead look like a baked cookie and actually start to bubble up in spots.
One the cookie has finished baking, take it out of the oven and let cool to room temperature.
Once the cookies are baked, let them cool completely before decorating them. The NFL logo is much more complicated to decorate than the football. I cut the white portions out of the logo to create a stencil. This includes the stars, the football and the bottom white portion, including the letters. Then, I cut NFL letters out as well.
I placed the logo stencil on top of the cookie, including the cut out letters. All of the areas of the cookie showing need to be filled with white buttercream frosting. Well, all except some of the football which will be the blue laces of the football.
Start with the white frosting and pipe stars evenly all around the NFL letters.
For the 8 stars, I just piped a frosting star in the middle of each one. I was worried that if I had piped all the tips of the stars, that it would be too difficult to remove the stencil and it would mess up the white frosting.
For the football, I just did the outline. I figured that it would be easier to do the football laces in blue next and then fill in the rest of the white football around all the blue laces.
Do decorate I piped small stars all across the cookie. I find that this looks so nice with buttercream frosting and gives you a lot of control and precision. I use the Wilton star tip #18.
One thing that I noticed when I put the NFL paper stencil on top of the baked cookie was that the cookie had stretched a bit and was larger than the stencil. With that in mind, I decided that it would look nice to make a one row border of white around the edge of the logo.
With the stencil removed, I finished up the 8 stars putting the 5 tips on each one with frosting.
Now it is time for the blue frosting.
Pipe in the laces on the football at the top of the logo. Fill in the area surrounding the football, stars and all around to the bottom tip.
Once the blue frosting is done, you can now finish filling in the football with the white frosting.
Finally, you can use the red frosting to make the NFL letters by piping red frosting stars as seen in the photo above.
Now that the NFL logo is done, it is time to decorate the football with the buttercream frosting. For the football, I use just brown and white colours for frosting. Obviously, the majority of the football cookie will be brown, but I still have some white frosting left over after doing the NFL logo.
To decorate the football, I start with the white. While I did like to use a stencil approach for the NFL logo, with the football I just eyeball where the white will go. First I do the strips on each side of the football with three lines of buttercream stars from top to bottom. Then at the top in between those strips I make the white football laces.
The rest of the football can be covered with brown frosting. Continue piping the stars in lines, filling in the rest of the cookie. While I try to go in lines so that it looks fairly neat, as long as you keep them close together and pipe the stars the same size, it should look great and nicely filled in.
The cookies are all done and ready for the Super Bowl Party. To serve, display them on a cutting board or large platter. Place a knife next to it and people can cut off a piece the size they want. These cookies are not hard or crumbly at all. You will be surprised at how soft they are and how easy it is to cut them.
Do not be surprised if they are gobbled up before the halftime show!
Giant NFL Sugar Cookie
- 1 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 1/3 cups flour
- 1 cup butter softened
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla
- 4 tbsp milk
- food colouring paste blue, red, brown
- In a stand mixer cream together the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
- With the mixer on low, slowly beat in the baking powder, salt and flour. Add a bit of flour at a time, letting it mix in with the butter and sugar, before adding more.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to chill.
- Divide the dough in two. Take one portion and place on a silicone baking sheet. Roll to 3/8 inch even thickness. Place the football stencil on top and using a butter knife, cut along the stencil and remove the excess dough. Do the remaining with the second portion of dough and cut into the shape of the NFL logo. Remove the excess dough. The excess dough can be used to make extra sugar cookies (either large or small).
- Place the silicone sheets with the cutout cookie dough on baking sheets. Bake in a 350F oven for 11-15 minutes. The sides and corners of the cookies should just barely be starting to brown.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and cool to room temperature.
- Place the butter in stand mixer bowl and beat on high for a few minutes to whip. Butter should get light in colour and almost fluffy. If necessary, scrape down the sides of the bowl can beat some more.
- Lower the mixture to a medium speed and slowly add the icing sugar until all combined and smooth.
- Beat in the vanilla and milk until smooth.
- Divide the frosting into four portions. While leaving one portion white, colour the other three portions with the blue, red and brown food colouring.
- Decorate the sugar cookies following the directions of the pictures in the post.