I am so excited to have a tutorial for my Cookie Football Stadium!! I must admit, my husband gave me this idea last year around Super Bowl time- so credit goes to him!! My stadium last year was good and definitely impressed the family, but I have been dying to get a chance to improve it! I think this year’s stadium looks better, however as the perfectionist that many of us “cookiers” are, I already have ideas on how to make it better for next year!
This year my main focus was getting those darn cookies to line up, instead of meet each other at wobbly edges that don’t line up nice and neat. So I decided instead of cutting out the cookies and spreading them out on the baking sheet, I would cut them out and bake them as one piece. Then, right after baking while they were still hot, I would cut them again nice and neat! (Note to self: next year I wouldn’t even cut the small rectangles before baking, I would do just one giant rectangle!)
Rolled out my dough using my new marble rolling pin (Thanks Mom and Dad) The weight of the rolling pin really helps! I was literally having dreams that my biceps were HUGE from all the dough that I roll out!
I used the paper to cut out my big rectangle and then carefully cut the cross lines to make the smaller rectangles (again, I would not cut the cross lines next time!!!) Also, something else I learned is to cut straight down, like you would with a cookie cutter instead of dragging the knife down the line.
I decided I wanted the three middle rectangles to be one cookie for the field, so I tried to smooth it together you might be able to see that if you look carefully. (Another note to self, the middle FIVE should be one piece! You will see later how I fixed that!)
They came out of the oven looking like this. – Pretty wobbly! (PS because it was basically one giant cookie, I wanted to make sure it cookies all the way through so I lowered the temp on the oven to 325 and kept a close eye on it. I ended up baking it for about double the normal time)
So, I got out my paper and knife again and got to cutting right away while it was still hot and soft! I cut around the edges and on the cross lines again. So as you can see, from the double lines, it probably would have been better just to cut after baking!
I did the same for the second tier. However in oder to fit properly a couple of them had to be trimmed just a bit more! The measuring, baking and cutting was the hard part. Decorating was a fun and easy- I even recruited my three year old for help, since they were not being sold to a customer. I outlined them as closely to the edges as I could and filled them with an icing that was a little thicker than my normal flood icing (I have had trouble in the past with sprinkles making my icing flow over the edges).
Then I placed them a few at a time into a rubbermaid container and let my daughter go to town with the sprinkles! Since these non-pareils are round, they roll everywhere which is why putting them in the container is a great help!
Here is the second tier finished.
Like I said above I was wishing I had made the center 5 cookies into a solid piece for the field, so I simply put a little icing on the edges and “glued” them together – voila!
I iced it green as one smooth cookie field. I am sure that guests at a Super Bowl party would be happy enough to eat this stadium, but I wanted to add the field lines, team logos, and Super Bowl logo. For this I used my favorite cookie tool- my KopyKake projector!
FINALLY, I placed it all together on the original platter I picked out. YIPPEE!
Please let me know what questions you have, as I know that was A LOT of steps! I would love to see your stadiums so please post them!!!