Peanut Butter Footballs

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These Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Footballs are the perfect treat for your game day get together. It is like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the shape of a football!

peanut butter footballs on a board

 

Throwing a party is always fun. But when you can make your food match the theme it is even better! These peanut butter footballs are such a fun treat to have at a football party. Everyone is used to things like Crock Pot Queso and Totchos, so why not surprise them with football shaped desserts! 

These little peanut butter footballs are basically Buckeye’s in a different shape. Everyone knows them from Christmas time, it is a very classic treat. But why not make them for other celebrations, and just roll them into a slightly different shape! Plus you get to pipe on the white laces, that just make them extra fun and festive.

Why You’ll Love These Peanut Butter Footballs

  • Cute – Everyone loves themed cute foods for a party! These are just a fun way to celebrate and get everyone excited.
  • Easy – Don’t worry, these are not any harder to make than the originally. Instead of shaping into a round ball, you just shape into an oval. Exactly the same process!
  • Make Ahead – These are great to make ahead and have waiting for your party. Or take the time to make a large batch, that you can just pull out of the freezer each week for the big game.
peanut butter football ingredients

What You’ll Need

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  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Melting Chocolate
  • White Decorating Gel
peanut butter shaped footballs on baking tray

How To Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Footballs

  1. Combine the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until everything is well combined.
  2. Scoop 1-2 Tablespoons of the mixture and shape into an oval, loosely resembling a football. Place on a baking tray.
  3. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden before you start rolling. You just want them to firm up a little, so they don’t fall apart when you dip in the chocolate.
  4. Roll the footballs in melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet to set up. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before piping on the laces.
  5. Use the tube of white decorating gel to pipe laces onto the footballs.
  6. Let the white chocolate set up before serving.
piping white places on footballs

Recipe Tips & Suggestions

  • Most grocery stores sell Wilton or Betty Crocker Decorating Gel in small tubes down the baking aisle.
  • I like to use an electric mixer to get the peanut butter mixture to come together, but if you don’t have one don’t worry. It isn’t required!
  • I use my medium sized cookie dough (2 Tablespoons) to scoop even balls of dough. It is easiest to shape into a round ball and then slightly flatten the sides to shape into a football.
  • If you want a little crunch to your footballs, use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy.
looking down on tray of peanut butter footballs

Storage

Store your peanut butter footballs in an airtight container. They will last in the fridge for about a month. I like to take them out a few minutes before I serve them, so they are closer to room temperature to eat them. But some people enjoy them straight out of the fridge.

Freezing – these freeze amazingly well. Just store in an airtight container for 3-4 months. Take them out and thaw in the fridge before serving.

What Is The Best Chocolate To Use

For the chocolate don’t use chocolate chips. They have stabilizers in them to keep their shape, so it is much harder to get a thin, smooth coating. I like to use the chocolate almost bark, or the chocolate melting disks. This melts really smooth, rather quickly, and stays smooth even after you have dipped a whole batch of footballs. Plus it sets up very quickly.

a bite taken out of a peanut butter football

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cropped close up peanut butter footballs
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Peanut Butter Footballs

By Erin
These Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Footballs are the perfect treat for your game day get together. It is like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in the shape of a football!
Prep: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 pound chocolate almond bark, melted
  • White Decorating Gel

Instructions 

  • In an electric mixer combine the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix until everything is well combined.
    peanut butter football dough
  • Scoop 1-2 Tablespoons of the mixture and shape into an oval, loosely resembling a football. Place on a baking tray.
    peanut butter shaped footballs on baking tray
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes to harden before you start rolling. You just want them to firm up a little, so they don’t fall apart when you dip in the chocolate.
    dipping peanut butter footballs in melted chocolate
  • Roll the footballs in melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet to set up. Allow the chocolate to harden completely before piping on the laces.
    chocolate dipped footballs on baking tray
  • Cut the tip off the decorating gel and pipe white laces over each of the footballs.
    piping white places on footballs
  • Let the white chocolate set up before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 113mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 23g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Calories: 335
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2 Comments

  1. I LOVE these! We always have snacks for football night, and these are going to be on my list this season. They’re so cute, and they look so good!