Super Bowl Time Football Shaped Sugar Cookies – No Cookie Cutter Needed

It’s almost Super Bowl time again, so if you looking for some food ideas, here is an easy method for making football shaped sugar cookies,  and the best part is that no cookie cutter is needed.  

football shaped cookies-no cookie cutter needed

The football cookie idea is from my niece, Colleen, who read my post last fall on ghost shaped sugar cookies and improvised to make football cookies, instead, for her son’s football team. Thanks, Colleen.  Go Team!!!

sugar cookie dough


1 roll Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough

Pourable Icing:

2 cups powdered sugar (sift if desired)

4 tsp light corn syrup

4 tbsp milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

To make brown food coloring (you will add this to the icing):

7 drops red food coloring

4 drops yellow food coloring

2 drops green food coloring

NOTE:  There are a few tricks to making these “no cookie cutter needed shaped cookies” that varies from the recipe on the sugar cookie dough package, so please carefully follow the directions below for best results.

Slice dough

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Put sugar cookie dough in freezer for 15 minutes
  • Cut sugar cookie dough into 32 slices

shape dough into footballs

  • Roll each slice into a ball, then shape into an oval and lay on cookie sheet
  • Press oval down with fingers to flatten

football shaped sugar cookies

  • Bake in oven for 7- 9 minutes.  Remove when edges are golden brown.
  • Only let cool on cookie sheet for 45 seconds, then loosen with spatula and cool on cookie rack.

football shaped cookie

put corner of bag into glass

Icing directions:

  • Place the corner of a plastic baggie into a large glass
  • To make pourable icing, mix all icing ingredients together, except for vanilla and food coloring.

fill bag with frosting

  • While icing is still white pour 1/5 portion into the plastic baggie.
  • Add vanilla and brown food coloring to the remaining portion of icing.  If you need to thin icing, add more milk 1 tsp at a time until icing runs off spoon easily.  (Don’t thin icing until you have separated the 1/5 portion.)

baste cookies with brown glaze

  • Lay wax paper under cookie racks and apply brown icing to cookies with a basting brush, making sure to fully cover cookies and let icing drip over the sides.  Let icing dry for 30 minutes.

draw football stitching onto cookies

snip corner off bag

  • To make white football lacing, remove baggie from glass and snip a little piece off the corner of the baggie.
  • Squeeze lacing design onto each cookie.  Let dry for at least 30 minutes.
  • Store cookies in a seal tight container.

football shaped cookies

Note:  I have tried other cookie dough brands, but I have found that the Pillsbury brand works the best for this type of cookie.

Easy to make football shaped cookies using a roll of sugar cookie dough, no cookie cutter is needed -

These cookies will end looking like hand rolled cut out cookies, yet you can make them in a third of the time and mess.  Let me know how your football shaped cookies turn out.

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7 Responses to Super Bowl Time Football Shaped Sugar Cookies – No Cookie Cutter Needed

  1. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule January 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    What a great idea! I love these, so cute. I’m attending a super bowl party and may just have to bring these!!
    Thanks for sharing

    • Amycha January 30, 2013 at 5:13 am #

      Thank you, Nancy, their super quick to make.


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