Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Touchdown Footballs
Brandi Milloy's tailgate recipes for bacon crack, chocolate chip cookie dough footballs and a super-sized victory pretzel
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These football cookies from PopSugar Food's Brandi Milloy are an adorable addition to your tailgating spread.


  • Edible cookie dough

    • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup applesauce
    • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • Cookie dough touchdown footballs

    • 1 batch edible chocolate chip cookie dough
    • 16 ounces chocolate chips or candy melts
    • 4 ounces white candy melts


Edible chocolate chip cookie dough: In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, salt, and sugars, until a frosting-like consistency is reached. Add applesauce and nutmeg, and mix until combined. Mix in flour and vanilla extract until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

For footballs: Shape about a tablespoon of cookie dough into football shape and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Refrigerate cookie dough footballs for about 30 minutes or until firm.

In microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate for 30 seconds and then 10 seconds at a time until smooth.  Using a toothpick or fork, dip cookie dough footballs in chocolate to coat.  Place chocolate dipped footballs back on parchment paper to set.

Once all of the chocolate footballs have been dipped in chocolate, melt white candy melts in microwave using same technique above.  Place melted white chocolate in a pastry bag that's been fitted with a small pastry tip. Add white chocolate football laces across each chocolate football. Allow white chocolate to set a couple minutes before serving. 

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