Truffle Football Cupcakes Recipe
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Truffle Football Cupcakes Recipe

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The luscious truffles combine peanut butter and chocolate deliciously. They're terrific shaped into balls for a holiday treat tray and they also make snappy footballs to top cupcakes for a tailgate party or any gathering to cheer on your favorite team. —Kim Barker, Richmond, Texas
Featured In: Tailgating Desserts
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + standing
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 3 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped, divided
  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup crushed granola cereal with oats and honey
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting, divided
  • Green paste food coloring
  • 36 cupcakes of your choice


  1. In a microwave, melt white candy coating at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Stir in peanut butter until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and cereal. Chill for 2-3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Shape into 1-in. balls; form each ball into football shape and set aside. In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip footballs in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on a wire rack over waxed paper; let stand until set, about 30 minutes.
  3. Pipe frosting laces onto footballs. Tint remaining frosting green. Using a #233 or #234 tip, pipe grass over cupcakes. Just before serving, insert a toothpick into each football. Insert toothpick into cupcake to position football. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Truffle Football Cupcakes in Game Day Recipe Cards 2010 2010, p69

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ashleyhullett User ID: 8229458 218823
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015


NLAngelo User ID: 3997471 192655
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"My 15 year old granddaughter, Abigail, made these for our Super Bowl party. They were sooo cute and delicious!!! Yaaah Baltimore


NLAngelo User ID: 3997471 131212
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"My 15 year old granddaughter, Abigail, made these for our Super Bowl party. They were sooo cute and delicious!!! Yaaah Baltimore"

[email protected] User ID: 394395 212141
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"I used tip #233 as I thought that one more closely resembled grass. I used chocolate covered almonds for the footballs, and that worked great. Very cute idea."

mrsrhk User ID: 3256238 176583
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I couldnt find Easter eggs yet so I followed 1 of the reviews, to use tootsie rolls.They worked wonderfully. Made these with a group of kids for superbowl. They had a ball and they were delicious. We did make a hole in them and filled them with cheesecake filling."

snolte User ID: 5181864 176581
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2012

"Ron07, you do not need all of these ingredients, just get some chocolate Easter eggs and pipe the laces on the football and ou can use green coconut for the grass using green food coloring and put on your own cupcakes or store bought. How's that for easy?"

safezone110 User ID: 3823423 192640
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"I haven't made these yet but I think I will use chocolate easter eggs for the football."

Ron07 User ID: 5239194 131211
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"too many ingredients."

AransasPat User ID: 6010414 131210
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Looking for something without the peanut butter? Tootsie rolls soften up nicely in the microwave and can be shaped into footballs. Just add the white accents."

haddur User ID: 2583007 176576
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2011

"These turned out really well. I used honey bunches of oats instead of granola and it tastes great. The only suggest I have is to dust your hands in powdered sugar when shaping the footballs. I found they stuck to my hands without it. They look great!!"

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