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Touchdown Cookies

With some simple touches, you can transform regular sugar cookies into a special sweet treat for the football fans at your party. —Sister Judith LaBrozzi, Canton, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 8 to 10 tablespoons hot water
  • Black paste food coloring
  • 6 to 8 teaspoons baking cocoa


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 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.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a football-shaped cookie cutter and a small person-shaped (gingerbread) cookie cutter. Place cutouts 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar and enough hot water to achieve spreading consistency; beat until smooth. Divide glaze into thirds. Leave a third white; set aside. Stir black food coloring into another third; set aside. Add cocoa to the last third; stir until smooth. Spread brown glaze over football cookies. Pipe white glaze for the football laces. Spread or pipe white glaze over people shapes to make shirts. Pipe black stripes over the white shirts for referee stripes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 108 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • amiracle2012
    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

  • fluffy24
    Feb 2, 2013

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  • charoley
    Feb 1, 2013

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  • Patricia Sloup
    Mar 24, 2012

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

  • jsmc80
    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
    Feb 4, 2012

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

  • jmeyers
    Jan 6, 2012

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  • Deb Kash
    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
    Mar 2, 2011

    We really liked these alot. Will definitely make again.

  • schield
    Feb 4, 2011

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