How to Make Football Sugar Cookies

by Alli
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Are you ready for some football? You can’t host a football party without these delicious football sugar cookies. They are so cute and they have a vintage look to them. What’s not to love? For more food ideas, check out my 29 Best Game Day Recipes! 
Vintage Football Sugar Cookies
My family loves watching college football. Most Saturdays during the fall, you’ll find a few of my grown kids at my house watching the game.
Then on Sunday afternoons, it’s pro football. I like to whip up a few snacks and these football sugar cookies are just the thing to satisfy a sweet tooth. Did I mention how cute they are?
Vintage Football Sugar Cookies - Step by Step Recipe
Our favorite college team is the Georgia Bulldogs. My husband and I grew up in Georgia and we’ve remained loyal to our favorite team.
When it comes to pro football, my husband is all about the Carolina Panthers and I’m still loyal to the Atlanta Falcons. You can take the girl out of Georgia but you can’t take Georgia out of this girl.

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Football Sugar Cookies

It takes a little while to ice these cookies, so I would make them the day before or a few hours early. You need time for the icing to dry.

Also, you’ll need the following items to ice the cookies.

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Piping bags fitted with the number 2 tip

Brown gel food coloring

Brown cake spray (this is used at the end to give it a dirty look)

2 bowls to mix the color in

2 Squeeze bottles for the thinned icing

Black edible marker pen

Follow the complete directions for making the football-shaped sugar cookies at the end of this post.

How to Decorate Vintage Football Sugar Cookies

Using an edible marker, draw out where your white lines on the football will be.

How to decorate Vintage Football Sugar Cookies
With the white icing bag, pipe the outline for the white lines.

Step 2 - Decorating Football Sugar Cookies
Using the white icing in the squeeze bottle, fill in the white outlines.

Step 3 - Decorating vintage football sugar cookies
Use the brown icing and pipe an outline around the edge of the football and white lines.

Step 5 - Vintage Football Sugar Cookies

Fill in with the thinned brown icing.

Step 4 - decorating vintage football sugar cookies

Dry Completely

Allow to completely dry for 4 hours before doing the final detail.

Once dried, pipe a brown line across the middle and pipe small dots into the middle-lower section of the football. Use the white icing to pipe the white lines on the top of the football.

Dry for 30 minutes. Use the brown cake spray and spray around the edges of the cookie to give it an old and dirty look.
Dry for 10 minutes before enjoying!

Ready to Eat - Vintage Football Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen

Football Sugar Cookies

Vintage Football Sugar Cookies - Step by Step Recipe

These football sugar cookies are so pretty and have a rustic, vintage look.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 Cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 3 Cups flour

Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 Cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, almond extract and egg and mix until combined.
  4. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Mix until combined.
  5. Gradually mix in the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until combined.
  6. Lightly flour a cutting board and begin to knead the dough until the dough is smooth.
  7. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick.
  8. Using the cookie cutter, cut out the shapes and place onto the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  9. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely.
  10. Using an electric mixer, combine the powder sugar, egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla and mix on medium speed.
  11. If the royal icing is too runny (soup like texture), add in 1/2 C powder sugar.
  12. Continue to mix until you stiff peaks form.
  13. Divide the icing between the two bowls.
  14. Add several drops of the brown gel coloring into one bowl and mix until combined.
  15. Leave the second bowl white.
  16. Scoop a little bit of the brown icing into one piping bag and set aside.
  17. Scoop a little bit of the white icing into the second piping bag and set aside.
  18. Mix in 2 tsp of water into the white and brown icing and mix until combined.
  19. Pour the brown icing into a squeeze bottle. Pour the white icing into a squeeze bottle.

Decorating Directions:

  1. Using the edible marker, outline where your white lines on the football will go.
  2. With the white icing bag, pipe the outline for the white lines.
  3. Using the white icing in the squeeze bottle, fill in the white outlines.
  4. Use the brown icing and pipe an outline around edge of the football and white lines.
  5. Fill in with the thinned brown icing.
  6. Allow to completely dry for 4 hours before doing the final detail.
  7. Once dried, pipe a brown line across the middle and pipe small dots into the middle lower section of the football.
  8. Use the white icing to pipe the white lines on the top of the football.
  9. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
  10. Use the brown cake spray and spray around the edges of the cookie to give it an old and dirty look.
  11. Allow to dry for 10 minutes before enjoying!


The number of cookies this recipe makes depends on the size of the cookie cutter.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 245Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 28mgSodium 124mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 0gSugar 29gProtein 2g

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These Football Sugar Cookies take a little time to make, but they are so worth the effort. These are perfect for a tailgating party, a football viewing party, or a football-themed birthday party.

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Heather August 24, 2018 - 7:53 am

Oh my gosh these are so stinkin cute. I may even attempt these, but I doubt mine will look as beautiful!

candy August 24, 2018 - 9:59 am

I love the look of these cookies and they would be popular for saturday football games. This is something I haven’t tried my hand at yet is decorating cookies. I want to give it a try.

Gisele August 24, 2018 - 11:29 am

I’m not a football fan but these look really cool. What a fun way to make cookies!

Alyssa from The Sparkly Life August 24, 2018 - 11:33 am

These are absolutely adorable! Your decorating skills are off the chart though…I don’t think mine would look nearly as good! 😉

Melissa Chapman August 24, 2018 - 11:37 am

Football is a game I never understood and my husband loves to watch on sundays so we are not together on those days. I love the cookies though and will try and recreate your artistry.

Jeanette August 24, 2018 - 11:56 am

Oh my gosh I totally need you to decorate some of the cookies I want to make. Those football cookies look awesome. You have such an awesome talent I wish I was half this talented. You should sell those.

Tomi C August 24, 2018 - 12:30 pm

Now that my kid is in college I can’t wait for football season. He’s in the band so I’m hoping to catch him on tv a few times this year. This would be so neat to send in a care package as sugar cookies really hold up well.

Amber Myers August 24, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Yum, I love cookies! I’d make these just to have cookies but honestly, no one in the family really cares about football! But we all enjoy cookies.

Sarah Bailey August 24, 2018 - 4:10 pm

Now these cookies look amazing! I can imagine them being a great treat at a football match for everyone to be able to enjoy.

sara lafountain August 24, 2018 - 7:54 pm

My husband and my son are watching football right now! They are so happy that the games are coming back after a long summer off. These cookies are just so cute!

Tabitha Blue August 24, 2018 - 9:54 pm

Okay girl, you are talented!! These looks so incredible! I want to eat them up… though I don’t think mine would be as pretty. I will say though, your instructions are well laid out and seem simple. I’ll just have to try!

Emily August 24, 2018 - 10:42 pm

These cookies look so cute! I love to bake but know that I could improve how I decorate the baked goods, these seem simple enough to give a try with decorating them!

Chubskulit Rose August 25, 2018 - 11:20 am

You are so creative when it comes to this kind of stuff. I am surprised you haven’t had your TV show like the Pioneer woman yet. I hope you do in the future.

Terri Steffes August 25, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Those are adorable and I would love to take them to my first tailagate this year. Festive! I love sugar cookies, my favorite.

Peter August 25, 2018 - 6:55 pm

These little football cookies are awesome! I’m torn between biting them and throwing them! I think I’d stick to eating them.

Louisa August 26, 2018 - 12:13 am

Goodness! Those cookies look so beautiful and delicious. Wow! I had no idea how much detail goes into making such beautiful cookies!

Ruth I. August 26, 2018 - 12:08 pm

This looks so cute! I do struggle when making sugar cookies as I always fail in the royal icing and decoration. lol! I will try this recipe!

Reply January 5, 2019 - 12:28 am

It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people on this subject, however, you sound like
you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

Valerie Crane May 18, 2019 - 7:17 am

What size tip do you use for the piping? Your cookies look amazing!


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