Football Cupcakes

Football Cupcakes | Cookie Monster Cooking

Let’s chat about Super Bowl food today.  Because the big game is coming up and well, food is super important.  Like what I did there?  I know, I’m so funny {ahem, not really}.

And since the Patriots didn’t pull out a win this past weekend, my attention is now devoted solely to good eats for the game.  Although let’s be honest, as much as I do like watching football, food is always more important in my little world.

Football Cupcakes | Cookie Monster Cooking

So we’ve talked about wings and chili and cornbread … and now it’s time to talk about dessert.  And football cupcakes are just so fun.  Am I right?  I about died of cuteness when I finished making these and started screaming for my husband to come look at them since I was so impressed with myself.  Ha.  I don’t think he appreciated that too much.  His excitement over my “cute” food is not quite as high as my own…

Now you can use your favorite chocolate base and any white colored frosting here, but let me suggest that you use a cream cheese frosting.  It pairs awesome awesome awesomely with the chocolate base.  Can you tell I am a huge supporter of that combo?

Football Cupcakes | Cookie Monster Cooking

So go make some cute food for the big day.  And be sure to check out the game day category on the site if you’re looking for some other fun ideas!  Although none will be as cute as these cupcakes … I outdid myself this time (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself!).

Football Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the cookie garnish:
For the cupcakes:
  • 1 batch your favorite vanilla or cream cheese frosting*
  • green gel food coloring
  • 1 batch your favorite chocolate cupcakes**
  • piping bags and tips
  1. To make the sugar cookies - roll out the dough as directed in the sugar cookie recipe linked above. Cut out 24 mini football-shaped cookies (about 2 inches in length and about 1 ¼ inches width at the widest point) - I just used a knife since I didn’t have a cookie cutter in that shape. Bake as directed in the recipe (375 degrees for about 6 ½ minutes). Let cool on the baking sheet for several minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. To assemble - spoon a small amount of the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a small tip (I used a #4 in size). Pipe the stitching onto each cooled cookie (slightly towards the top of each football).
  3. Next use the green gel food coloring to tint the remaining frosting the desired shade of green. Spoon into a piping bag and pipe onto each cupcake as desired (I used a large star tip).
  4. Carefully set each cookie into the icing, on a slight diagonal, so that it stands up on its own.
I used this recipe for cream cheese frosting, however feel free to use your own favorite vanilla, cream cheese or any white colored frosting. You’ll need enough to frost 24 cupcakes.

*I used this recipe for dark chocolate cupcakes, however feel free to use your own favorite. Again, you’ll need 24 cupcakes.

You will likely have some extra chocolate sugar cookie dough. I made a few extra cookies just to enjoy separately but feel free to cut back the amounts slightly.

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  1. Erin O'Brien says:

    I am SO incorporating the football cookie garnish into my cupcakes for this year’s Super Bowl! Thanks for the idea. :)

  2. Oh my goodness, these are beyond cute! You totally outdid yourself. And I agree, the Super Bowl is all about food anyway.

  3. These really are CUTE! My husband tells me that cute is a girl word. Guy not only don’t appreciate cute, they don’t use the word. As I am not a football fan, I believe I deserve your cute cupcakes on Superbowl Sunday! :) Consider your cupcakes appreciated!

    • lol cute is definitely a girl word … someday I’ll learn not to expect my husband to get as excited as me over cute food!!

  4. These cupcakes are beyond cute! They can keep me from getting bored while watching the game

  5. I fell in love with these cuties when you tweeted a pic of them! So disappointed Pats didn’t make it. :( Oh well, the superbowl will be fun for food and commercials. ;)

  6. You should definitely be impressed with yourself! These are adorable! Too cute for football, maybe? :) But I agree, the Super Bowl is all about the food! These are so fun and adorable!

    • haha true true … too cute for most guys I think (clearly as my husband didn’t seem to care lol). But my friends loved them!

  7. I would’ve screamed with excitement too! They’re so freakin’ cute! I haven’t had a cupcake in what feels like forever and imaging these with that cream cheese icing is killing me! Sounds so good.

  8. These cupcakes are adorable!

  9. Way too cute!! I could never bake cupcakes and make it look that cute. Ever :D

  10. Wow these are so perfectly decorated! You clearly have a great eye for detail. Love the colour combination too please excuse my ignorance but is it for a certain team (We don’t have the Superbowl in the UK!)

  11. Jo @ thecontentedbaker says:

    These are super cute and super sporty!! May the best team win. Fun cupcakes Ashley!

  12. Such a cute idea for the super bowl.. aww. Your recipe is so easy, although the cupcakes look more intimidating. :-)

  13. OMG Ashley these are so freaking cute. Those footballs are amazing ! :D

  14. I totally don’t really celebrate football, but I am really big on cupcakes, so go team cupcake go!

  15. Well ain’t these just the cutest little thangs! I’m totally obsessed with football food. The game, not so much. I just keep eating while everyone’s distracted! That’s my strategy. Fabulous recipe, Ashley!

  16. Okay this is just the cutest things ever!

  17. These are too cute, I can see them being a perfect complement to all the salty cheesy goodness that goes with football!

  18. Yes, you definitely outdid yourself with these cupcakes! They are so cute.

  19. Ashley, these cupcakes are so so cute…you did a superb job!
    Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a fantastic week my dear :D

  20. I love how seasonal you are and always spot on with the holidays and events! You must be so organized! : ) I made similar cupcakes a couple of Super Bowls ago…I saw an old ‘Mad Hungry’ show where she carved a football out of Andes Mints and used white sprinkles to finish it. I have Andes at the house all the time so I had to do it. Your cupcakes made me smile…and feel guilty that I’m not planning anything cute like that for my little one… : )

    • Ooo with Andes Mints – that’s a great idea! haha and yes, I can be a wee bit obsessive about organization (as my husband likes to tell me!)

  21. these are perfect for game day!

  22. Wow, these are stunning! We don’t have anything comparable to the super bowl over in Europe but it seems like a lot of fun. Enjoy!
    (pinning these on my ‘fun foods’ board, by the way!)

  23. You totally outdid yourself this time girl! These cupcakes look absolutely adorable. I love those little cookies on top. I’m falling so hard for these awwwh <3

  24. Omg yes, the food is always more important and the best part! I used to love getting invited to super bowl parties, not because I knew anything about football but because the food was always fantastic. These are so adorable Ashley!

  25. We are very happy here in Colorado about the Super Bowl (as you might imagine) but food is still top on my list too! These look too cute. Thank you for sharing!

  26. These are so adorable Ashley!!! Love!!

  27. The cupcakes are super cute! And I totally agree that cream cheese frosting is the way to go; no matter how you spin it, it’s always delish!

  28. WOww.. these are super cute.. awesome pics too :)

  29. These cupcakes are super adorable Ashley and so much fun to serve on game day!

  30. these are SO cute! love ‘em :)

  31. These are so fun! Perfect for game day!

  32. These are adorable cupcakes, and are very worthy of Game Day! My team never wins (Raiders…I know…poor me), so it’s always about a great match up and the best food. Great football is always a perfect excuse for awesome food. haha Have a great day, Ashley!

  33. To be honest, the actually game is never the center of my excitement… it’s always the food! So glad I’m not the only one :)

  34. Omg, these cupcakes are so cute! I’m not big on nfl football, but I would totally go to a super bowl party just for these cupcakes. I absolutely love cream cheese frosting. Especially with some cake on the side. ;) Pinned these to my football board!

  35. These are ADORABLE!

  36. Oh my gosh Ashley!!! I just saw these on facebook and came right over. These are amazingly cute! What a great idea and fun game food idea! Also I love your milk jug in the background. Where did you find that?

  37. Aww so cute!!

  38. Ashley – these are ADORABLE! I would love, love, love to serve these at my Superbowl party. It’s going to be a great game! Send them over!!!

  39. Cupcakes are always fun! I love the cookie footballs. So cute!

  40. I’m not big on football, I can take it or leave it. But I do get down with food. And these are adorable!

  41. These cupcakes are so adorable!

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