Nutty Footballs

Nutty Footballs

Nutty Footballs


Makes 2 dozen cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup finely chopped almonds
Prepared colored decorating icings (optional)
Prepared white decorating icing


  1. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended. Combine flour and cocoa; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until well blended. Add almonds; beat until well blended. Shape dough into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut dough with 2-1/2- to 3-inch football-shaped cookie cutter.* Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack; cool completely. Decorate with colored icings, if desired. Pipe white icing onto footballs to make laces.

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