Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies

We made it! We moved! It’s an amazing feeling to finally be out of that hellhole apartment and into something that we can love and care about. The movers got everything put into their truck around 9:30 PM on Monday night (they ended up having to call for a bigger truck so they were there for a bit longer than expected…oops), and they were there to greet us around 9:30 AM the next morning. Thankfully, my parents were kind enough to put us up in a hotel for a night so we didn’t have to crash on anyone’s couch or make some kind of bed out of old blankets on the floor of our new apartment. Thanks, Mom and Dad! The hotel was great; it’s always fun to stay in a hotel. We ordered a pizza from Two Boots, drank a nice bottle of wine (that my parents were also generous enough to give to us), and watched the History channel (which we don’t get at home). What a night! It was great to just relax after a long day, although I did wake up in the middle of the night, completely panicked, because I thought that the movers threw all of our clothes away. It took me forever to convince myself that I was just worrying about nothing and to fall back asleep. We woke up the next morning around 7:30, grabbed a quick bagel and coffee at Zarro’s, then spent the rest of the day unpacking. We also got our new bed delivered, which was such a joy to sleep on last night. It is so perfect in every way; I can’t get over it. We still have a lot to do (getting curtains, shelves, some posters framed, etc.), but I’m not even bothered by it because I am just so happy to be in this wonderful new apartment. Hopefully we can stay here for 2 years or so and not have to move for a while. I’ve moved 5 times in as many years, so as much as I enjoy a change of scenery, I’m ready to stay put for a little while.

Aren’t these cookies adorable? They remind me of Ace Ventura – laces out! I love making themed baked goods – it makes them so much more fun to create. I found this football cookie cutter online, but you can probably find one anywhere this time of year, like your local craft store or baking supply store. The inspiration for these cookies was, of course, my new favorite cookbook, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. These are amazingly easy to make and even easier to decorate, as long as you can draw a football shape, which is really one of the most basic shapes to draw. Believe me, I am not a talented decorator by any stretch of the imagination, so if I can make these, so can you. The cookies themselves were really delicious – buttery, tender, and crispy, but not too crispy. The icing had a bright, lemony flavor to it, which I really enjoyed, but you can use milk or water instead of lemon juice if you prefer a more plain icing. I hope that you give these a go for your upcoming Superbowl party – they’re worth it!

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
The ingredients for the cookies.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Combine the flour, salt, and baking powder, and set aside.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Beat together the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Beat in the egg until well combined, then add in the vanilla. Gradually add in the flour until just moistened.

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Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours. I doubled my dough, which is why it looks like there is so much of it here.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
After the dough has chilled, roll it out to 1/4 inch thick on a well floured work surface and cut out the shapes of your choice (in this case, footballs).

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Place them on your baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, until set and just ever so slightly golden on the edges – not browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then move to another surface to cool completely before frosting.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Now make your icing.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Beat together your confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice, until smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Add food coloring, if you desire.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Make about 1/4 of your icing firmer by adding more powdered sugar to outline your cookies.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
Then make about 1/2 of your frosting very thin to flood the cookies.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
And leave the remaining 1/4 of the frosting firmer, to draw details on the cookies. Allow to harden after each step, and allow to harden completely before transporting.

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies

Superbowl Sunday Sugar Cookies
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Serves: 15-18 cookies
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cups (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Royal Icing
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • food coloring, optional
  1. First, make the sugar cookies. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside. Beat together the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until just combined. Add in the flour mixture and mix until just moistened. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line and/or grease two baking sheets. Dust a clean work surface with flour and unwrap the chilled dough, placing it on your work surface. Roll half of the dough to about ¼ inch thick, and cut out the cookies into whatever shape you like (in my case, footballs). Transfer the cut-outs to the baking sheet and continue to roll the dough out and cut the cookies out until you have run out of dough.
  3. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until set but not browned. They should just be ever so slightly golden on the very edges. Remove them from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheets for at least 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to another surface to cool completely.
  4. Now, make the royal icing. Whisk together the sugar, egg white, and lemon juice until it is completely smooth and slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. The mixture should have the texture of a glaze. If it's too thin, add some more sugar. If it's too thick, add a few more drops of lemon juice or water.
  5. To make thick icing for outlining the cookies, place some of the icing in another bowl and add more confectioners' sugar until thickened, but not too thick to pipe out through a squeeze bottle or a pastry bag. If you want to make the icing thinner for flooding the cookies after you have outlined them, place some of the icing in another bowl and add water or lemon juice until thin (it should be a bit thinner than you think it needs to be - believe me). Let the icing harden on the outline before flooding, and let the flooded icing harden before decorating. The cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


27 Responses

  1. mom says:

    I love reading about your life events in NYC! We can’t wait to see you two again. These sugar cookies are adorable! They look very fun to put out for a Superbowl party, nice job!

    • Sydney says:

      @Mom: Thanks! We’re really excited for our trip to Phoenix in April – I think about it every day! Hopefully this summer or fall, you guys can come out to see the new apartment, too.

      @Jane: Thank you! That sounds like fun – it’s kind of like moving! :)

  2. Jane M says:

    These cookies are so cute! I love nesting and HATE moving! In fact, we bought our home 18+ years ago and we’ve rebuilt (the home is nearly 100 years old) EVERYTHING!

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  4. Nicole says:

    These are so cute! There’s no way that I can’t make them now. Too adorable.

    Congratulations on the move:)

    • Sydney says:

      @Nicole: Thank you!

      @Lindsey: Thanks for commenting! :) I don’t know a thing about football, either, but I know what the people like!

      @Michelle: Thank you! I didn’t think I had the patience, either, but it ended up being a lot of fun!

      @Jen T: Wow, they froze? That’s nuts! I hope you’re safe and warm!

  5. Lindsey says:

    these cookies are absolute perfection! i don’t know much about football, but the Superbowl seems like a great excuse for me to try and make these! your decorating is absolutely perfect!

  6. Michelle says:

    They’re awesome treats for the Super Bowl. You did a great job with them – I just don’t seem to have the patience for the whole cookie flooding thing. I love how they look though!

  7. Jen T. says:

    These are so cute! The lemon juice sounds like a really nice change from using milk and vanilla/almond extract in the icing, too. BTW, I feel like I now understand a bit of what New York has been like. My neighborhood looks a lot like yours did in the pictures you posted last wee (or was it Monday). The good news is I don’t have to go to work because the switches on the train tracks froze!

  8. Congrats on a successful move! Sounds like it wasn’t overly stressful:-) The cookies are adorable!

  9. These look so perfect–professional! Almost too pretty to eat…almost 😉

    • Sydney says:

      @Natalie: Thank you! I’m really proud of them!

      @Danielle: Thanks! I hope so! :)

      @Vivien: I’m not a big sports fan, but I like all of the food and camaraderie that goes into a game…mostly the food. :) Thank you for the kind words and I hope to see a lot more of you!

  10. Danielle says:

    So cute! And I bet they taste even better then they look.

  11. Your site is incredible and I’m so thankful to have it in my reader. I live in Dallas so I feel like I should be more excited about the Super Bowl, but frankly, I’m not! Maybe if I make these cookies it will get me more in the spirit. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Katie says:

    Glad to hear the brokers didn’t get the best of those high spirits! And I’m excited for your move to be done with – settling in is the fun part! Now you get to make it home! Also the cookies are adorable! I’ll have to add them to my ever-growing list of things to try from your marvelous repertoire!

  13. Tina from PA says:

    Yea!!!! You are in your new place! Good Luck!! I cann’t wait for the superbowl !!! GO STEELERS!!! We love the Steelers, we are sooo pumped up,it’s not even funny! Of course there’s a party here, I have so much fun food planned, like, a whoopie pie station(4 different cookie & 5 diff. fillings) a cupcake station ,and a ice cream station, and tons of other food!!

  14. Nina says:

    These cookies are brilliant!! What a fantastic idea and perfection for this weekend! I can’t get enough of the Baked books , they are so great.

  15. a-man says:

    Lovely decorated cookies! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  17. Jess says:

    Yum! Sugar cookies aren’t usually my favorite thing to make since I’m not always a fan of the taste. But man do these look YUMMY!!!

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