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Touchdown Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


4-1/2 dozen

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
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
Touchdown Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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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