Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

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These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs are made with eggless cookie dough and are the perfect dessert for football watching over the next few weeks – packed with playoff and championship games!

This post is sponsored by Challenge Dairy, but all opinions are my own.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs on a green cake stand

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs - perfect for a Super Bowl Party and College Championship party!

I haven’t talked much about the Carolina Panthers this season. Honestly there hasn’t been that much to talk about. They had kind of lousy season with lots of injuries. And we’ve been so busy, I haven’t even gotten to go to a game this year. We were in town for one and the hubs went, but I was visiting with a friend who was in town from Australia.

Crazy enough though, our division was all lousy and now the Panthers are in the playoffs! We cheered them on last Saturday and we’ll be doing the same thing this Saturday. And if they win again, we’ll be cheering them on while eating even more of these cute little footballs.

Panther football is kind of a big deal in my family. My older brother is a Falcons fan, but he’s on his own. Though the hubs and I live in Atlanta now, I grew up in Charlotte.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs on a green cake stand
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs on a green plate with a bite out of one

When the Panthers became a team back in 1995, my dad became a PSL owner and we started going to games every week. Their first year, they didn’t have a stadium built yet so the played their home games at Clemson stadium. My dad drove us to all of them from Charlotte – about 2 hours each way.

I could’ve cared less at first. I was in fifth grade. But by the second year, I was fan. I was also in love with Kerry Collins – the Panther’s first quarterback. 🙂 Panthers football was also one of the first ways I learned to relate to my dad.

It’s now such a big thing, my dad wouldn’t miss a game unless he literally couldn’t walk. And even then – we’ve ridden the handicapped elevator up to the seats before. 🙂

My parents have been tailgating so long, they’ve got it mastered. Even when I’m not there a few of my friends, who regularly go to games, tailgate with my family. I was getting text messages with pictures of all of them at the tailgate last week before the game. #jealous

Too bad I wasn’t in town. I could’ve brought these cute little cookie dough footballs. My mom would’ve been thrilled. She’s always asking for easy football treats she can make for tailgating.

Eggless Cookie Dough Footballs on a green cake stand
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs on a green plate

And while I love them as footballs, you could really turn this cookie dough into balls, or any other shape.

The recipe is made much like making any other cookie dough, but without leaveners and eggs. The dough is fairly thick, so it’s easy to work with. After making the dough and shaping it into footballs, it’s best to refrigerate it so that they’re firm for dipping in chocolate.

The hardest part of making these is probably the dipping. I recommend using a good chocolate, such as candiquick. It melts really smoothly, making the dipping a much easier job. You could also use the Wilton brand candy melts, or almond bark. I just melt it right in a bowl.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs being dipped in chocolate

I like to use a toothpick to dip my footballs in the chocolate. I decided putting the toothpick in at an angle worked best. It’s a little trickier on a toothpick – you have to have some patience. But it works. I stick the dough into the bowl with the chocolate, spoon chocolate over it, then use the toothpick to tap the side of the bowl and shake off the excess chocolate.

Another option is to use a fork. My friend Dorothy made a great video that you can check out  if you want to try that method – How to Dip Candy and Truffles Video Tutorial.

The chocolate dries pretty quickly then you can add some football strings and they are ready to go! Seriously, could they be any cuter?

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs on a green cake stand
Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs on a green plate with a bite out of one

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs with bite taken

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Yield: 22-24 Footballs
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Eggless cookie dough shaped into footballs and dipped in chocolate!


  • 3/4 cup Challenge Dairy salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose heat-treated flour
  • 12 tbsp water, if needed
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 16 oz chocolate candiquick
  • 3 oz vanilla candiquick


1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
2. Mix in vanilla extract.
3. Add flour and mix until well combined. Dough will be thick. Add 1-2 tbsp of water, if needed to help the dough come together.
4. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
5. Shape balls of cookie dough about one tablespoon in size into footballs, then place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
6. Refrigerate balls for about 30 minutes, or until firm.
7. Melt chocolate candiquick in a bowl until smooth.
8. Using a toothpick (or the fork method mentioned above) dip the footballs into the melted chocolate, then tap to remove excess.
9. Place balls back onto parchment lined cookie sheet to harden.
10. Once the balls are dry, melt the vanilla candiquick.
11. Pipe the vanilla candiquick onto the footballs to create the strings. Allow to dry.


  • Serving Size: 1 Football
  • Calories: 311
  • Sugar: 28.7 g
  • Sodium: 51.9 mg
  • Fat: 16.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.2 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.3 mg

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  1. Laney

    A little on the sweet side. Needed something more. I think maybe some more butter and some salt. I think I’ll use Toll house dough for this next time.

  2. Ashley

    These were cute, easy to make, and taste yummy. A perfect treat for the Super Bowl. Your toothpick method worked perfectly for dipping them. I actually got 34 footballs out of the batch, not the expected 22-24…and I did use a tablespoon to measure the dough. Obviously this isn’t a bad thing…just mentioning for other people if they were thinking about making more than a single batch…they may not need to.

  3. Pauline Blair

    The chocolate football is so cute! I will try it for my mom. She loves chocolate a lot. Thanks for your sharing.

  4. mahiyar

    I was looking forward to making these for the Super Bowl this Sunday because they look so awesome 🙂 However, my dilemma is that I’m in Canada and it’s impossible to find Candiquick here….any suggestions on a replacement?

  5. Elena

    These look great! I have a question though. For the football laces what is a substitute I could use for the candy quick?
    I’m planning on making these tonight but I don’t have candiquick and I’m trying to avoid going to the store ????

    1. Lindsay

      Candiquick is a brand of baking melting chocolate that dries hard. Other substitutions would be almond bark, wilton candy melts or ghirardelli baking melts. I hope that helps!

  6. Charles Meskin

    Beautifully put together, Lindsay. I remember having one of these at one of my colleague’s place a year ago, and I’ve been searching for the recipe ever since. Your procedure seems to be very easy to follow. I’ll try it tonight at home with the wifey. Thanks again! 🙂


  7. James Wildon

    Some yummy recipe. Very interesting and eye catching. I have learnt a lot about cake preparation technique in this article and thanks to Lindsay for her generosity. Once again thanks.

  8. Anna

    Hey! I see you are using salted butter… If I use unsalted, how much salt would I need to add to compensate? Trying to avoid a store run…


    1. Kelsy

      Is it absolutely necessary to use dark brown sugar?? Can I substitute the 1/2cup of dark brown sugar with 1/2cup Light instead?

  9. Gina

    What happens if you bake them first, let them cool and then dip them? I don’t like cookie dough, I know I’m nuts. Thanks, Gina

  10. James Ngo

    My wife really loves Chocolate and I am looking for great recipe to make for her. Will try your recipe at tomorrow. Thank for sharing it!

  11. Rylie Baker

    Just made these! They turned out just like your pictures and everyone LOVED them. They all came back for seconds and some every thirds! They were super easy to make and absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe! Will definitely be making these again 🙂

  12. Elisha

    OK Love the recipe and all but like you guys WAITED to the end to mention the ingredients!! So for me I give this website a thumbs DOWN But the recipe is still GREAT!!!!~

  13. Kaylin@EnticingHealthyEating

    I think it’s the Panthers’ time! I’m thrilled they are going to the Super Bowl.

  14. Emma

    While my Packers aren’t in it anymore (that Seahawks game was torture) I’d still love to make these for our Super Bowl Bake Sale. However I’m wondering, if it’s ok to use all light brown sugar as I don’t have time to run out to the store?


      Yes, you can use all brown sugar. And I hear you – my Panthers lost to the Seahawks too – brutal!

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  17. Natasha


    I was looking forward to making these for the Super Bowl this Sunday because they look so awesome 🙂 However, my dilemma is that I’m in Canada and it’s impossible to find Candiquick here….any suggestions on a replacement?

    Thank you 🙂


      Yes, definitely. Do you have access to Wilton Candy melts or almond bark? Both of those would be great replacements and are similar products. If neither of those are available, you can use chocolate chips and add 1-2 tbsp of vegetable shortening to thin it out and make it better for dipping.

  18. Dory

    These are adorable! I was wondering if they can be made ahead of time and frozen? If not, how long would they last?


      I would think they’d be fine frozen, it’d probably just be best to defrost them in the fridge. You could also make the cookie dough and freeze those, then dip them in chocolate when you’re ready. They’ll probably be fine unfrozen for at least 3-4 days.

  19. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Girl you seriously know way more about football than I do. I am more of a basketball fan myself but either way I am a big fan of these. I have to make them for the super bowl!

  20. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I think my Cowboys are still in it. . and I love watching the Super Bowl. . even tho I don’t watch regularly during football season with my husband. . love these cookie dough footballs!!! so cute!!


      Yes! The Cowboys have a tough game this week against Green Bay, but I’m pulling for them! 🙂

  21. Mir

    To answer your question, nope! These could not be any cuter. I can’t get over these!
    Your parents do have it down pat! I love playoffs. So exciting!

  22. Tiffany@thewhimsicalmagnolia

    I love these..I am not a football fan, more college basketball but I like the excuse to make fun themed food:)

  23. Coral Arratia

    I’m a huge fan of cookie dough and how you decorated them is pretty amazing.
    Congrats on the post! Definetly giving it a try..
    Could you check out my blog? I’m a new blogger and just started my food blog.


  24. Annette

    I’ve made little footballs with a peanut butter filling before. Of course, being a life long Redskin fan, we have not had much to celebrate since Dan Snyder bought the team years ago 🙁 I love the idea of using cookie dough. All your treats are always so beautiful!

  25. Rachelle

    Lindsay, these little footballs are adorable! I live in Charlotte and am also a Panther’s fan. Hopefully this weekend’s game will be a good one for us, but if not, I can make these and drown my sorrows in chocolate chip cookie dough footballs!

  26. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These are the cutest cookie dough bites ever, Lindsay! My husband is a huge football fan, actually a huge sports fanatic in general. We’re big Bears’ fans, although they tanked out this season long ago! 🙂 These are such a great treat to snack on during the games! Pinned!

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