Friday, September 6, 2013
Dark Chocolate Football Cookies
You know those fun superbowl (and less important game) parties where everyone sits around eating and drinking and generally having a good time? The get-togethers that make watching football more fun for someone who is slightly less interested. Well, we almost never go to those because if the Packers are playing my husband doesn't really like to hang out with other people because they talk too much and interfere with his concentration on the game.
For the rest of you football widows out there, you know that even though he is a Packers fan, he will, and wants to, watch every other game as well. Now even though football season has just started, in my house it gets kicked off in mid August with fantasy football drafts. If you don't know what fantasy football is, count yourself lucky. Josh participates in multiple leagues and he recently hosted his first draft at our house. This league is his old fraternity brothers, aptly named the "Old Farts" League. Way back when we were in college I used to send him to his weekly meetings with homemade cookies for the guys so two times a year when they congregate at my house for drafts (yes they do a baseball league too) I hearken back to those days and make treats for the guys to enjoy.
As much as I may tire of football season, draft night is always something I look forward to (now that he consults with me on when to schedule it) because I get a mom's night out while Jake stays home with the boys for what he has named "Daddy's sticker party".
Sorry for that rambling intro. Onto the cookies. This year I couldn't decide what to make. I kept waffling back and forth until I was about 5 hours away from the party and still didn't have a treat. Whoops! I had recently made these delicious Dark Chocolate cookies by Averie Cooks and while mine came out flat, they were sinfully good. I thought with a couple of tweaks, I could make them thematic for tonight's draft.
Start out by creaming together the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla.
I busted out my new Reynold's pan lining paper and lined a small rimmed baking sheet. Use a rubber spatula to press the cookie dough into the baking sheet. I was hurrying so I didn't do this very smoothly. Don't be like me, or do and love them anyway.
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and lift the pan lining paper off the cookie sheet. Then cool completely on a wire rack.
Now for the fun part, get a football cookie cutter and trying to keep them as close together as possible, cut out your footballs. I love doing this instead of just rolling out a dough and cutting cookies out raw because the edges puff up and you lose some of the clarity of the shape. More importantly, you are left with all of those little scraps to devour while your little one is napping and no one can rat you out. If they are scraps, I'm pretty sure they don't have any calories ;)
Now if you stop here, you will have some nice brown oval shaped cookies, but to really make them look like footballs you will need a little icing.
Ta da! Football cookies with minimal fuss and only 1 bowl to clean. Enjoy!
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