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Football Pie Cookie Cups! A tender chocolate cookie cup with brown sugar and cashew pie filling, this sweet & salty treat will be the real MVP of The Big Game! #WalmartBigGameMVPs
If there’s one thing we’ve learned this year, it’s that changes to traditions can be difficult, but they don’t have to make things less FUN!
Sure, it’s a little weird scaling back on big celebrations or connecting virtually to stay safe, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t put a new spin on old traditions and find new ways to celebrate occasions both big and small.
This year, we’re keeping the Big Game low-key and enjoying an evening in, but I’m still going all out on snacks and treats that are sure to be a touchdown!
Game Day Dessert
If your family is anything like mine, game day is something you look forward to, not just for the game-watching, but also for the snacks!
While savory snacks may be the first things that come to mind when you think of game day eats, sweet treats shouldn't be forgotten when you're serving up goodies for the game! My rule of thumb when it comes to game day dessert is the same as it is for the rest of the spread. Desserts for the Big Game should be: 1. Easy to make. 2. Easy to serve. 3. Fun to eat!
These Football Pie Cookie Cups surely check all the boxes to make it into the game day dessert hall of fame! Made in mini muffin tins and festively decorated to look like little footballs, these perfectly portioned, bite-sized mouthfuls might just become a game day staple!
A tip to help you tackle messes: Stock up on Georgia Pacific products that make post-game cleanup a breeze! Their Dixie®Ultra Paper Dinner Plates are sturdy to allow for loading up on all the gametime goods, while Vanity Fair® Extra Absorbent Paper Napkins easily wipe away everything from wing sauce to salsa spills (they’re two times thicker than the leading 2-ply napkin!). They’ve got all the products that allow you to spend more time in front of the screen and less time at the sink!
Ingredients You'll Need
One of the things I love about this dessert is that it uses fairly simple ingredients that I almost always have on hand in my pantry and refrigerator or are easy to find at my local Walmart! Here's what's in them:
- Philadelphia®Cream Cheese
- Cocoa powder
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Planters® Lightly Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces
- Baker’s ®White Chocolate
Tips for Making Football Pie Cookie Cups
You might be wondering exactly why these are called "pie cookie cups" and I won't leave you guessing! These football cookies are actually a bit of a cross between a pie and a cookie.
A tender little chocolate "pie shell" is made with butter, flour, cocoa powder and Philadelphia® Cream Cheese my favorite since they use no artificial preservatives, dyes or flavors. The dough is pressed into a mini muffin tin, then filled with a sweet and salty cashew and brown sugar mixture and baked to perfection. After they cool, melted white chocolate is piped onto the tops to give them their "laces" for a game day-ready look.
Here are a few tips for making the assembly process easy:
- Make sure your ingredients, specifically the butter and Philadelphia® Cream Cheese, are room temperature. This will make it easier to combine when you create your mini pie shells.
- Pulse the ingredients for the mini pie shells in a food processor. This will make quick work of creating your dough. If you don't have a food processor, you can also use a mixer. I've also had success using the pulse feature on my high-speed blender.
- Process or mix your dough ingredients just until everything is combined and the dough starts to pull away from the edges of the bowl. Try not to overwork the dough, as this will make the shells tough.
- Use a small, spring-loaded cookie scoop to put the same amount of dough and filling into each muffin tin well. This ensures that each cookie cup bakes in the same amount of time.
- Don't have piping bags? No problem! Scoop the melted Baker’s® White Chocolate into a zip-top plastic bag, snip one of the corners to create a small hole, and voila! Instant piping bag.
- This recipe makes 24 servings, which is way too many for my 3-person family! Package up your leftovers in small craft boxes with ribbon and a tag, and drop them off on family, friends' and neighbors' doorsteps the day of the Big Game for a sweet surprise game day treat!
Other Game Day Snacks and Supplies
Dessert is a fun way to complete your game day spread, but what should you serve for the main event?
I'm a big fan of easy dips, individual appetizers and small bites for easy eating during game watching. One fun idea for the family is to create a DIY slider bar!
For ours, I set out homemade veggie burger patties, hamburger patties and tons of fixin's and condiments like Kraft® Original Barbecue Sauce, Heinz® Tomato Ketchup, Heinz® Yellow Mustard and Kraft® Mild Cheddar Shredded Cheese along with slider buns for an easy game day snack station. While dessert bakes up, everyone can craft their own custom sliders and fuel up for cheering on their favorite team!
Since cleanup is covered, you can serve more of your favorite snacks with confidence!
More Football Snack Ideas
Here are a few more ideas for your game-watching spread:
You can pick up everything you need for game day at Walmart.
Football Pie Cookie Cups
- ½ cup butter or margarine softened
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar divided
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup finely chopped PLANTERS Lightly Salted Cashew Halves & Pieces
- 2 ounces BAKER'S White Chocolate
- In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together cream cheese, butter, flour, cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. The mixture should form a ball that pulls away from side of container. Transfer to a bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
- Heat oven to 350°F. Using a small, spring-loaded cookie scoop, divide dough into 24 balls; place 1 piece in each well of a 24-cup miniature muffin pan. Using your fingers, gently press into bottoms and up sides of muffin tin wells to form shells. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, beat together egg, vanilla and ¾ cup brown sugar until well combined. Stir in nuts. Spoon the egg mixture into the pastry shells, filling each shell about ¾ full.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the middles are set and the shells are golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.
- Melt white chocolate. (See notes.) Spoon the melted white chocolate into a piping back or a resealable plastic bag. Cut the tip from the bottom corner of one side of the bag; pipe lines onto tops of cookies to resemble mini footballs.