Chewy Molasses Ginger Footballs

chewy molasses ginger footballs

It’s that time of year- the pigskins are flying, and weekends are spent eating delicious food and cheering on our favorite teams. Even if football isn’t your thing, there are some pretty big games coming up, and you might find yourself hosting or attending a big bash- so I have a few fun ideas lined up to make the day more fun.

Today I am showing my delicious chewy molasses ginger cookies- but I have a whole football party lined up for you tomorrow (hint: it’s full of blue and orange) so be sure to check back in!

So let’s get to it. Not only are these cookies incredibly easy to make, and so delicious and chewy- but the ginger really does help calm my tummy after eating football food all day- which lets face it, is a bit rough and rich on your tummy.

I like to make these ahead of time because they keep really well. This recipe makes about 30 regular sized cookies or about 20 footballs.

Tip: I don’t really like using vegetable oil, so I added an egg. If you’d rather use oil, add 1/3 cup and omit the egg.

You’ll need:

-113g butter, room temperature

-1 packed cup brown sugar (preferably dark, but light if that’s what you have)

-2 eggs

-1tbsp vanilla

-1tbsp ginger

1/3 cup molasses

-1tbsp cinnamon

-2 cups flour

-1tbsp baking powder

In a mixer, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes on high.

Add in eggs, one at a time, while mixing on low. Slowly add molasses and let combine for 2 minutes.

Add vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and slowly add in flour and baking soda. Mix until thoroughly incorporated, about 2 minutes.

Scoop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Manipulate the dough to make a rough football shape- don’t worry about any lumps or bumps because the cookies will deflate. The do spread quite a bit so make the ends a tad long and skinny.

Bake until brown underneath, about 12 minutes. Let completely cool on a wire rack, and then pipe icing or melted white chocolate onto the cooled cookies (I like to pop white chocolate into a ziploc bag, heat the chocolate, and pipe it right onto the cookie by cutting a tiny tip off the corner of the bag).


Be sure to come back tomorrow to see the rest of our little Playoff Party! This is the time for football and food- and I have some fun ideas to make gameday a little more fun!

What is your favorite football food?

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