Touchdown Cookies Recipe
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Touchdown Cookies Recipe

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With some simple sweet touches, you can transform regular sugar cookies into a special treat for football fans at your pigskin party. —Sister Judith LaBrozzi, Canton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:27 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 27 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons hot water
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons baking cocoa

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 180 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a football-shaped cookie cutter. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  4. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough hot water to achieve spreading consistency; beat until smooth. Place 3 tablespoons glaze in a small bowl; set aside.
  5. Add cocoa to remaining glaze; stir until smooth. Spread brown glaze over cookies. Pipe white glaze onto cookies to form football laces. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Touchdown Cookies in Taste of Home October/November 2001, p37

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amiracle2012 User ID: 7960803 217059
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"What a kick, pun intended, we all got out of this recipe, The only thing I changed about these cookies which I plan to make again this year, is I make them rounder and put the number of our favorite players on them using the initial Icing by It's a Party"

Patricia Sloup User ID: 2995984 50480
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2012

"These cookies are so good! We just love them. They taste like a chocolate glazed donut. Yummy."

jsmc80 User ID: 4347083 33626
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"These cookies was positively a touchdown! My daughter took these to a Superbowl party, and they were wiped out. We will be making these for future game."

Mimma56 User ID: 1823062 81543
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2012

"The recipe seems really simple. I will try these sometime."

Deb Kash User ID: 5718817 31853
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"I made these for my hospital units fall meeting and they got rave reviews. I know it comes from an old issue but I collect all old TOH magazines I can find. I love the ones from the early years and love this website."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 95095
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"We really liked these alot. Will definitely make again."

schield User ID: 888201 204519
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"These are good and cute. We make them every year for the Super Bowl."

Nancy R User ID: 3072539 128414
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"I made these last year and they were not worth the trouble. Too sweet."

raecpoe User ID: 1808591 56692
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I have no choice but to make these again- EVERYONE here loves them. We have them at every SuperBowl party- plus any other parties (they tell me I have to keep making them so I won't be out of practice)

I do use a Sugar Cookie pouch mix when I am short on time- but I use this frosting recipe always!! :)"

sarahsandra User ID: 4049042 94966
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"Don't know what I did wrong, but cookies were a greasey mess. threw out. waste of ingreadients."

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