Fudgy Football Brownies

There are few desserts more festive than these fudgy brownies that can be cut into a football shape without crumbling.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
18 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
9 or 10 football brownies or 48 brownie rectangles


  • 1 cup butter

  • 6 ounce unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • 2 cup sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

  • Creamy Vanilla Frosting or 1 cup canned vanilla frosting

Creamy Vanilla Frosting

  • cup shortening

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoon milk

  • Milk


The day before:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine butter and unsweetened chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until melted; cool slightly. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.

  2. Stir sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition just until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl stir together flour and baking soda. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in semisweet chocolate pieces. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.

  3. Bake for 18 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Using the edges of the foil, lift brownies out of pan. Using a 3- to 4-inch football-shape or other cookie cutter, cut out brownies. (Or cut brownies into rectangles.)

  4. Spoon Creamy Vanilla Frosting into a decorating bag fitted with a small round tip. Pipe frosting onto brownies to decorate. Let stand until frosting is set.

  5. In a storage container layer brownies between sheets of waxed paper. Cover tightly and let stand at room temperature overnight.*

Tailgate day:

  1. Tote brownies in container at room temperature.

Creamy Vanilla Frosting

  1. In a large bowl combine shortening and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Beat in 2 teaspoons milk. Gradually beat in 3/4 cup additional powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a frosting of piping consistency.

    Fudgy Football Brownies
    Andy Lyons

Serving suggestion:

To use up the brownie scraps, coarsely crumble scraps. Layer about one-third of the scraps in a 1-quart canning jar. Pipe additional frosting over brownie layer. Repeat layering two more times. If desired, top the last layer of frosting with chocolate-flavored sprinkles. Seal jar and let stand at room temperature overnight.* Tailgate day: Tote in jar at room temperature. Use a spoon to scoop out servings.


For longer storage, store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

628 Calories
35g Fat
77g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 628
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Total Sugars 59g
Protein 7g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 163mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 36.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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