Football-Themed Desserts That Will Be the MVP of Your Super Bowl Party

Posted: January 27, 2023 3:50 pm

When it comes to Super Bowl parties, the typical guest is there for three things: the ginormous spread of food, the big-budget television commercials, and maybe the action on the football field — and not necessarily in that order. But mostly, the guests are there for the food. And there are endless dishes to serve for your annual indoor tailgate.

Unfortunately, each and every year the Super Bowl parties of the world are missing one essential item — the desserts. All too often overlooked are the sweet, delectable treats then generally come after one stuffs one face with salty-savory snack foods.

Sure there will be the typical burgers and dogs, the pizza, the chili, the chicken wings, the chips, the dips, the guacamole, and the gumbo. And occasionally you might see a tray of store-bought cookies or maybe even some cupcakes. This year, consider going above and beyond for your Super Bowl party guests and serve up some MVP-worthy football-themed desserts for your big game bash.

Why Desserts?

We know what you’re thinking — it’s the Super Bowl. Do we really care about desserts? The answer to your question is a resounding YES. While many parties for the big game tend to ignore any sort of Super Bowl dessert option, you’ll want to make an effort to incorporate some football-themed treats into your spread.

Not only do these desserts help add a bit of fun and festivity to your party, but they also give you the opportunity for some creative expression with regards to how you choose to decorate them — not just in terms of colors, but also in terms of different shapes and sizes to mimic the game of football. Plus, it’ll make your guests smile when they see how much time and effort you put into making your Super Bowl dessert spread look like an actual football field!

Frosted Football Shaped Cookies

Sure, you can find football-shaped cookies at your local grocery store or at a bakery, but we challenge you to roll up your sleeves and make your own! Start with a few different types of cookie dough — chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal-raisin, etc. — and then use a football-shaped cookie cutter to make individual cookies.

Next, take some frosting in the colors of your favorite team or even in the colors of both teams and carefully frost each cookie so that it looks like a football. For an extra touch of fun (if you don’t mind overdoing it), sprinkle some edible glitter or colored sugar on the cookies before serving.

Get the Frosted Football Shaped Cookie recipe at Sally’s Baking Addiction.

Gridiron Granache Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes are always a crowd-pleaser, and for your Super Bowl party crowd, consider whipping up some Gridiron Granache Chocolate Cupcakes. Start with the ultimate chocolate cupcake base, then top with a creamy chocolate frosting and sprinkle with edible football-themed jimmies or sprinkles. For an extra special touch, make some decorating buttercream in the colors of your favorite team’s logo and pipe it onto each cupcake to look like the white laces and stripes of a football.

Get the Gridiron Granache Chocolate Cupcake recipe at Mom Loves Baking.

Fudgy Football Brownies

Who doesn’t love a good brownie? For an extra special Super Bowl treat, make a pan of Fudgy Football Brownies. All you need are a few ingredients to pull together for your brownie batter and an 8 by 8 inch baking pan. Once the brownies are cooled, use white fondant and black food color to make two footballs for the top of your brownies. Cut the fondant into a football shape, then pipe on some black lines with black food coloring gel. Finally, stick them on top of the brownies and enjoy!

Get the Fudgy Football Brownie recipe at Better Homes and Gardens.

Football Field Cake

Ah, a Super Bowl party dessert classic. The football field cake. While we understand that dessert isn’t necessarily the centerpiece of the Super Bowl bash, you likely have come across a football field cake at some point in your life. And for good reason! They are super appropriate and can really be a conversation piece (depending on how elaborate you go).

For this one, you can get super creative with the design and decorations. Start with a sheet cake as your base and frost it in green buttercream or fondant. Then use white icing or fondant to make the yard lines and add some decorative details like endzone logos, footballs, the first down marker, or anything else you can think of that might adorn a football field. Add green sprinkles to make the field really pop. Finally, top it off with some plastic players or action figures to make it look like an actual football field.

Get the Football Field Cake recipe at Mama Loves Food.

Football Rice Crispy Treats

If you are searching for something fairly simple to make, then we’ve got you covered. The football rice crispy treat ranks fairly low on the baking challenge meter, but they will be just as pleasing as most Super Bowl desserts around. Start with a classic rice crispy treat recipe and — while it’s still soft but not super-ooey-gooey soft — shape it into footballs.

Then, cover the balls in chocolate frosting and white fondant to create that lacing look. You can also try your hand at shaping the treats into football helmets — though this ranks a little higher on the baking challenge meter. Still, if you don’t quite nail the football helmet design, then you can still decorate the helmet globs with the Super Bowl teams’ colors, and they will for sure make a heck of a conversation starter. Either way, they will be delicious, and they will be devoured.

Get the Football Rice Crispy Treat recipe at The Suburban Soap Box.

Mini Strawberry Football Cheesecakes

Make your Super Bowl party guests feel like royalty by serving these Mini Football Cheesecakes. Start with a classic graham cracker and butter crust, then fill it with a creamy vanilla cheesecake batter. Bake them for about 20 minutes until set, but still slightly jiggly in the middle. Once cooled, add a strawberry and decorate with frosting and chocolate syrup onto the tops of the cheesecakes to make a football-inspired design.

Get the Mini Strawberry Football Cheesecake recipe at Sprinkle Some Fun.

Oreo Cookie Ball Football Helmets

Sometimes the most ingenious Super Bowl treat ideas just take a few ingredients like these Oreo cookie ball football helmets. With a little cream cheese and some chopped-up cookies, you are halfway home to delivering one of the neatest-looking and delicious football-themed desserts around. Not only will these Oreo cookie ball football helmets have your guests talking, but they might also just make them forget all about the game. Chocolatey and creamy with the right amount of savoriness, be sure to add these to your Super Bowl party treats menu.

Get the Oreo Cookie Ball Football Helmets recipe at Snack Works.

Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

For those of you that are looking for something a little more indulgent, then these football chocolate chip peanut butter blondies might satisfy your craving. They are super easy to make and only require one bowl — so they won’t take up too much of your Super Bowl prepping time. Start by creaming together the peanut butter and brown sugar in a large bowl, then add the other ingredients until everything is combined. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Once cooled, decorate with white frosting and chocolate chips to create a football-like design that your guests won’t be able to resist.

Get the Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies recipe at Well Plated By Erin.

Game Day Marshmellow Popcorn

Popcorn is a great snack to serve at your Super Bowl party, but take your popcorn game to the next level with this game-day marshmallow popcorn recipe. Start by popping the popcorn and drizzling it with melted butter. Then, mix in a bag of mini marshmallows — or make your own homemade marshmallows shaped like footballs if you feel extra ambitious — and add some chocolate chips or M&Ms. With very little effort you’ll have a sweet, salty, and crunchy treat that all of your guests will love.

Get the Game Day Marshmallow Popcorn recipe at Two Sisters Crafting.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

Is there any better combination of sweet and salty than chocolate and peanut butter? If you want to wow your Super Bowl party guests this year, consider making these chocolate peanut butter footballs. It takes a little bit of preparation, you’ll need to pull together some basic ingredients, and you’ll need to get your hands a little dirty to shape the footballs, but the results may just yield the Super Bowl menu MVP that everyone at your party will die for.

Get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs recipe at She Wears Many Hats.

Score Big With These Ultimate Super Bowl Dessert Ideas

The Super Bowl is a great time for friends and family to get together and enjoy some great food and overindulge in some delicious desserts. With some creativity (and maybe some help from store-bought items), it is possible to whip up any number of crowd-pleasing Super Bowl party desserts. From easy-to-make treats like brownies and cupcakes to show-stopping cakes and chocolate peanut butter footballs, there is something for everyone.

No matter what you choose, your guests are sure to love the delicious desserts you’ve prepared for them. So huddle up with some great dessert ideas and make a big impression on your Super Bowl guests this year!



Get a daily dose of cooking inspiration! Be the first to see newly added recipes and holiday ideas.