I figured we'd start with the easiest cookie--the footballs.
First start with my easy, delicious cut-out cookie recipe found HERE.
Roll out onto wax paper (no flour--YAY!) and cut out cookies using a small circular cookie cutter. Using your fingers, pinch the edges of the circle into a oblong football shape. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
I used my royal icing recipe, found HERE and substituted 1 cup of the powdered sugar for 1 cup of cocoa powder. NOTE: This was a lot of cocoa powder, which gave the cookies a beautiful dark chocolaty color, but wasn't that sweet of a frosting. I might consider only using 1/2 cup cocoa powder and having lighter footballs that taste better if you're making these for a hungry crowd.
Spoon the chocolate icing into a plastic sandwich bag and snip off the corner with scissors. Outline the footballs with the icing and let them dry for a few minutes.
Using the same chocolate icing, (or thinning it with a few drops of water to make a glaze) fill in the cookies, using a toothpick to push the icing to the edges of the cookie outline.
If there are any bumps in the frosting, (bottom left cookie) lightly tap the cookie your counter-top a few times until the icing settles nicely. Just don't tap too hard!
Next, pipe on the two curved white lines of the football.
And add some laces to the center.
Or just add the laces, whichever look you prefer.
I really couldn't decide.
Two laces or three?
Do whatever works for you--they all look pretty good overall.
And there you have it!
How easy was that? I loved how cute and little they are.
They're the perfect size to snack on while watching the big game Sunday.