These chewy and chocolate covered Football Cookie Bars are a fun treat to share at game day parties or sports themed birthday parties.
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So, there is this big game coming up in a few days. I could pretend that I’m one of those people that actually cares about this game and who is going to win. Bun I’m not…and I don’t. Let’s face it…I’m only into it for the food. I’ve got my fat pants ready, so game on!
Give lead me to a big, long table covered in dips, chips, appetizers, and desserts, and I will watch whatever is on tv. Of course, don’t be too fooled by what looks like me watching the game. It’s all an act. I’m really just concentrating on what food in on my plate.
I’ve just never been able to get into watching any game on tv. Playing the game or watching your kid play the game in real life is just more fun. That’s just me though. I know plenty of you will be glued to your television cheering on your favorite team, and that’s totally cool. Just be cool with me cheering for another plate of chips and dip.
Of course, I do love baking fun game days snacks. This past weekend my hubby kept asking me to make a pan of congo bars. And I kept saying no. Not because I’m a mean wife. Mostly because he told me to keep him on track with his eating, so I was just helping him out.
The other reason I said no is that I can’t stay out of those bars if they are in our house. They have been my favorite treat to make (and eat) since high school.
I broke down eventually and made a pan of the treats though. And promptly ate two big bars before I even knew what was going on. Apparently I need help staying on track with my eating too.
It’s a good thing we have 3 growing kids that love to take extras to school to share with friends because that helps get the snacks out of the house before I eat them all.
While I was chowing down on the bars, I thought they would make a fun football treat. You could even cut the cooled bars with a football cookie cutter like I did for these mint cookies and cream football rice krispie treats if you wanted to get fancier.
This time I decided to go the easiest way and just cut them into small bars. I’m all about the
lazy easy treats right now! Melted chocolate and white chocolate “laces” make these the perfect football cookie bars for your game day food table.
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For the Bars
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
For the Topping
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/4 white chocolate melts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray it with nonstick baking spray.
- Beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat again.
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt and slowly add to the butter mixture until a soft thick dough forms. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Do not over bake. Remove and let cool completely. Lift the bars out of the pan using the edges of the foil.
- Place the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir until melted and creamy. Spread on top of the bars evenly and let set. Cut into 30 bars.
- Melt the white chocolate according to the package directions. Let cool slightly.
- Spoon into a ziplock baggie and cut one tip off. Pipe "laces" onto the bars to resemble footballs. Let set. Store in a tightly sealed container.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 162 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 31mg Sodium: 169mg Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Protein: 2g