Super Bowl Sunday can be difficult to navigate in terms of eating food that is PCOS-friendly. These cute little football cookies make it that bit easier! I love how much fun they are while still being gluten-free and sugar-free.
Tips for making football cookies
Beating the butter
You can use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sweetener if you like. However, you will need to mix in the almond flour and cocoa powder with a wooden spoon. So, I just use a wooden spoon to save on the washing up.
Forming the dough
Initially it might seem like the dough is a little dry. Keep mixing and it will form a ball. You can also press it together with your hand instead of just relying on the wooden spoon.
Rolling the dough
If you find the dough is sticking to the surface, you can place it between two sheets of parchment paper. A rolling pin works best to roll out the dough but if you find yourself without one, I recommend using a wine bottle.
Stamping out the shapes
A football cookie cutter would obviously be the ideal situation here but as that’s very specific piece of kitchen equipment here are some other ideas:
- Use a 2½” round cookie cutter to stamp out overlapping circles and use the intersections as the football shape (see image).
- If you don’t have a round cookie cutter a glass works well too.
- Cut out the desired football shape on a piece of paper. Place the paper template on the dough and cut around it with a knife.
Notes on ingredients
Many sugar-free sweeteners are made with erythritol which is a sugar alcohol. It tastes sweet but actually has no effect on glucose or insulin levels. PCOS sufferers benefit from the lowest level of sugar possible.
This sounds great on paper but some people experience bloating and upset stomachs. Listen to your body to see which sweetener is a good fit for you. I used Truvia to make the cookies pictured.
Cocoa powder is so healthy! Stick with the unsweetened kind and you’re good to go. It’s anti-inflammatory and contains a ton of antioxidants. What’s not to love? Chocolate really is the secret to happiness.
Hope you enjoy these cookies!Yum
Super Bowl Sunday Football Cookies
- Mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- 2 baking sheets
- Greaseproof paper
- Rolling Pin
- 2½" round cookie cutter or a football cookie cutter
- Small Ziploc bag
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup granulated sweetener
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp powdered sweetener e.g. Swerve Sweetener Confectioners
- ½ tsp almond milk
- Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat together the butter, sweetener, salt and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.
- Mix in the cocoa powder and almond flour. It will initially appear dry but keep mixing and will form a soft dough.
- Roll the dough out to ¼" thick. If you find that it is sticking to the surface, roll between two sheets of greaseproof paper. Use a circle cookie cutter to stamp out overlapping circles. The intersection will form a football shape.
- Place football shapes onto the lined baking sheets. Reform the rest of the dough into a ball and repeat. Recipe yields 45 cookies when made with a 2½" circle cookie cutter.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. You can tell they're done with the edge is a darker shade of brown. Be careful not to let them burn.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then slide the parchment paper onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
- Place 2 tbsp of powdered sweetener in a small bowl. Stir in ½ tsp of almond milk. The liquid should be thick and hold its shape.
- Place the icing in the corner of a Ziploc and remove any air before sealing it. Snip off a tiny piece of the corner so the icing can be pressed out.
- Carefully pipe the 'seams' of the football onto the cooled cookies. Allow to dry.