Baking date: October 28, 2016
My son Nick’s 8th grade football team made it to the playoffs this year. As has been my custom with football playoff games for my boys throughout the years, I make treats for the players, coaches, cheerleaders, and fans. There would be three rounds of playoffs, quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the SuperBowl.
Originally, I was inspired by these cookies:
but decided that those would be the cookies I would make if the team got all the way to the SuperBowl.
For this first round of playoffs, I decided to make sugar cookies in the shape of footballs that were personalized. I use a recipe for the sugar cookies that I found on Food Network. For the royal icing, I always substitute one of the tablespoons of water with a tablespoon of almond extract. I think it improves the taste of the royal icing.
Here are all the footballs with the brown tinted royal icing. I left a portion white for the football laces:
I also tinted some of the icing golden yellow and royal blue, which are the team colors. I used these colors for piping on names, numbers and other decorations.
The players’ cookies had their name and number:
The coaches’ cookies had their names:
The cheerleaders and their coaches had their name and a blue “pom” (tip #233) on each end of the football. Not easy to do with royal icing that is more flooding consistency, so my poms looked more like blobs.
There were also cookies for the water crew — younger brothers and sisters of players on the team. On the extra cookies, I piped on Lions:
And last (but certainly not least!), I hand shaped a large football cookie for the team mom:
Our team was up against the top ranked team…and I’ll spare you the suspense. Our boys did lose and our playoff run was over after only one game.
But the important thing is…even when it was very clear the game was out of hand, our boys continued to play hard until the end. And the other important thing? We had cookies to celebrate what great kids, coaches, and fans we have!
Good luck in high school, fellas!
2016 GVAA Walkersville Varsity Lions