Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

I’ve never been what one could justifiably deem, “athletically inclined.” Fortunately, thanks to the social (ahem food) aspect of sports, I can still show up to a game watch with a plate of Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies and be welcomed with roaring enthusiasm.

How cute are these Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies? Perfect for game day and tailgates!

I dabbled in summer-league softball from the ages of 7 to 11, and I might have stuck with it a bit longer if playing fast pitch weren’t a requirement for the age 12-and-up crowd. I could barely handle my dad pitching to me overhanded in the backyard, so the idea of a softball hurtling towards my person with any kind of actual velocity was too much to fathom. Thus ended softball.

In fifth grade, I attempted to replace softball with volleyball. I lasted one brave season, at which point I grew tired of the taller girls targeting me with their fierce, overhanded serves. How did they know? Also, I look terrible in kneepads—they accentuate my lack of calves. Farewell, volleyball.

High school saw a year of cheerleading (the one decent toe touch of my brief, illustrious career occurred during my tryout), after which I finally admitted to myself that some of us are intended to be sports observers, not participants, and that is perfectly acceptable. After all, what’s a sports team without its fans?

Peanut Butter Football Blondies with Chocolate Chips. Soft, chewy and so cute for football parties and tailgates. Pinning this for the super bowl too!

Peanut Butter Football Blondies. Soft and chewy peanut butter blondies with chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, cut into the shape of a football. So cute for football parties, tailgates and the super bowl

Though I’m awful at sports myself, I do enjoy watching college football, yes for the game (I understand *almost* all of the rules), but even more so for the comradery that comes with it. In what other activity besides sports can you be so personally invested without having to do anything besides ensure that your beer stays cold, your dip hot, and you’ve saved room for an extra serving of Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies?

If food were a sport, these football-shaped peanut butter blondies would win the Heisman trophy. Their ability to rapidly disappear from dessert tables is unparalleled, their performance consistently exceeds expectations, and they are extra easy on the eyes (not a requirement of a Heisman winner, but it’s a nice bonus). Start your Fantasy Food league now, because these Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies are a first round draft pick, guaranteed.

Double Peanut Butter Blondies with Chocolate Chips

To make the Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies , I first made whole wheat peanut butter blondies, then stirred in a generous portion of both peanut butter and chocolate chips. Then, once the peanut butter blondies were cool, I cut them into football shapes with a cookie cutter.

Use cookie cutters to turn this recipe for peanut butter blondies into Football Blondies with chocolate chips!

You will have some “waste” between the football cut outs, but they need only be wasted if you discard them, which seems quite silly considering how excellent they taste beside a glass of milk or crumbled over vanilla ice cream. Of course, if you prefer to skip the footballs, you can simply slice them into peanut butter blondie bars.

For the lace design, I used a small batch of simple vanilla frosting. It does contain vegetable shortening, which allows it to set up firmly at room temperature. You can use butter if you prefer—just know that the frosting will stay fairly soft.

Football Peanut Butter Blondies with Chocolate Chips. So cute for every football party and tailgate! Saving the recipe for the Super Bowl too

OK ref, let’s hear the call: Touch down!

Did you make this recipe?
Leave a review »

Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

Soft peanut butter blondies, cut into the shape of footballs. With chocolate and peanut butter chips, these are a football party or tailgate win! These healthier blondies are made with whole wheat flour, but no one will ever know.


Yield: 1 8x8-inch pan (16 bars; number of footballs will vary based on your cutter)

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

For the Peanut Butter Blondies



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use the natural kind that must be refrigerated)

  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar (light or dark)

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter chips


For the Frosting



  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening such as Crisco (softened butter can be swapped but will be very soft and less stable)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Food coloring (optional if you’d like to make the frosting your team’s colors)


Directions:


  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch pan, then line with parchment paper so that some of the paper hangs over the sides like handles. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the peanut butter and brown sugar, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the pan from the heat and pour into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Let cool to lukewarm.

  3. Once the peanut butter mixture is cool, beat in the milk and egg on low speed. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Sprinkle the white whole wheat flour and baking powder over the top, then beat on low just until the flour disappears. Stir in the chocolate and peanut butter chips. The batter will be thick and sticky.

  4. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan, then use the back of a rubber spatula to flatten and smooth the top. Bake for 16-18 minutes, just until light golden brown and the top feels barely dry to the touch, being careful not to overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

  5. Meanwhile, make the frosting: place the shortening in the bottom of a mixing bowl, then sift in the powdered sugar. Add the water and vanilla extract, then beat on low to combine. Increase the speed to medium, then beat for a full 5 minutes. Beat in food coloring as desired.

  6. Once the blondies are cool, gently lift them onto a cutting board using the parchment paper handles. With a cookie cutter, cut into footballs (or any desired shape), then use the frosting to pipe on the laces design. Let the frosting set, then serve.


For twice the peanut butter blondies, you can double this recipe, then bake it in a 9x13-inch pan for 28 to 32 minutes.


All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Did you try this recipe? I want to see! Follow Well Plated on Instagram, snap a photo, and tag it #wellplated. I love to know what you are making!

About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

16 comments

  1. These are so adorable, Erin! I’ll be adding football-shaped peanut butter blondies to my tailgate line-up for sure! 

  2. Erin, I love these blondies! going to make these! 

  3. I was never a fan of things hurtling at my head, either. I can get down with working out solo every day, but team sports? Nope. I’d much rather watch people get the stuffing kicked out of them than to be one of those people.
    These are crazy high on the adorable meter. And like those pieces would go to waste? Ha. I’d eat them ALL.

  4. I am so not athletic either but desserts and sports… that is more my speed. These are the best thing to happen to football in some time!

  5. Gotta agree with Lauren @ Keep It Sweet and Mir – football may not be my thing but these blondies take the GOLD on my score sheet! Pinned! Tweeted! Next step…in my belly! Thanks for sharing Erin – love your site! – Liz

  6. Love these adorable cookies!!!

  7. You are getting creative on me with these adorable football cookies!!!

  8. These are SO fun. And I love that you have a ton of “scraps” left over from outside of the football cookie cutter. The more for taste testing!

  9. Somehow that pan image of pre-cut blondies radiates warm, chocolatey vibes into my brain. Like, yum, seriously. And the idea of crumbling the extra bits over ice cream is almost making me forget about the horror of not making my middle school volleyball try-outs. Lol/cringe.

  10. These. Are. So. Cute. I’ll probably spend more time eating these than watching the actual football games ;)

  11. Oh these look so good! Love it, so creative!

  12. Maybe about 75% of why I watch NFL is because of the food on game day. And then like 24% is for fun with friends and family. And about 1% is actual interest :) These blondies are right up my alley and totally adorable!

  13. These are adorable! And chocolate and peanut butter is always a win to me. Go blondies! ;)

  14. these are 100% adorable!  so cute!

  15. Lol remember when you threw a softball at Daddy’s face from a foot away while we were playing catch at the Brookfield house? But give yourself some cred, Chicago marathon finisher!!

  16. Oh WOW! They look absolutely delicious!
    I used to play football (american soccer) and volleyball when I was younger, and I loved both. I’ve never tried american football, but games definitely look fun!

    Teffy X

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *