Tailgate Food (from a cake mix)

If you follow my blog, you know I love to watch Bruin football.  While they are my team,  I enjoy just about about any football game as long as there is food involved, because  after all, good is half of the fun of a tailgate party.   I wanted to share a quick  and simple recipe that I use when I want to take a festive tailgate item, but do not have a lot of time.

These cookies are super easy.  All you need is a box of cake mix, eggs and butter.

Here is the recipe:

Cake Mix Cookies

1 box cake mix (chocolate or spice works best, but you could do white with food coloring too)

2 eggs

1/2 cup butter (1 stick) softened

Mix together cake mix, butter and eggs until thoroughly combined.   Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or grease a plain cookie sheet.

Now, the tricky part is instead of forming your dough into balls, you have to make them into oblong shapes.  They do not look very attractive now, but they will.

Before you bake them you have to press them down on the pan so that they spread in the shape you want them to, they should resemble a leaf shape.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes and let cool before moving.  Once cookies have cooled, decorate them with white frosting.  First make the strings.

Then do the side line stripes. The cookies are nice and soft and will keep well.  Store in an airtight container.  Makes about 2 dozen.

My recipe for simple butter cream frosting is below, but if you are really wanting to simplify you can use canned frosting, with a little  powdered sugar added to make it harden.

Buttercream Frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened

2 tablespoons milk

3 cups powdered sugar

Cream butter with an electric mixer on low speed.  Add sugar and milk slowly, by alternating.  Whip on medium – high speed until desired consistency is reached.  Use a decorating bag cut at the end to decorate your cookies.  Let cool completely before stacking.

Do you have a favorite football team (collegiate or pro)?  Which team is it?

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21 Comments on “Tailgate Food (from a cake mix)”

  1. October 11, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Those look very cool! 🙂 Perfect for a tailgate party!

    • organizedisland
      October 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Thanks Paloma 🙂

  2. jehdld
    October 11, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    What a cute idea! I have never thought of using a bit of powdered sugar to make canned frosting harden–what a great tip.

    • organizedisland
      October 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      It helps harden it a little bit. Thanks for your comment 🙂

  3. October 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    This is perfect! We are hosting a tailgate-themed dinner club this weekend, and I signed up for desserts. I am so making these cookies!

    • organizedisland
      October 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

      Thanks for your sweet comment Bonny! Remember to shape as leaves…

  4. October 12, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    These are adorable. My family would love them.

  5. October 12, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Super cute and they look delicious too! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Hope to see you back next week!

  6. October 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Oh! Yum! Easy and looks good! Thanks for sharing!

    julie @ Naptime Review

  7. Blond Duck
    October 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Those are so cute! Popped in from SITS!

  8. Parker
    October 13, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    These are great ideas! My wife and I are having a football party for some friends I work with at DISH this weekend, and this is a perfect resource! Should be pretty sweet; we’re getting a couple pony kegs and a nacho sombrero, but now we’re definitely going to throw these little football cookies into the mix as dessert! Also, we’re going to turn our giant basement room into the ultimate football headquarters. With my Hopper, I have three TVs hooked up. Its three tuners will let us watch three different games at the same time in full HD! This will give everyone a chance to root for their favorite team! Thanks again!

  9. October 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    What a great idea! They turned out super cute too :o)

    Thanks for partying with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up this week!
    xo, Meredith @www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

  10. October 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    These are really cute and adorable
    Very creative 🙂

    • organizedisland
      October 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      Thanks Winnie!

  11. October 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

    I tried these this weekend. I wasn’t sure at first because the cake mix I bought called for different ingredients, but I followed yours. When I was spreading them on the parchment with the help of a friend, we just couldn’t help but laugh at how nasty they looked because they did look like poop. However, when I iced the laces on the cooked batch and served them, they were a huge hit. We didn’t have a single football cookie left. I will be making these again and again because they were cute and so delicious!

    • October 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

      Thanks for sharing Bonny! Yes they do look like poop and I thought of that, but was afraid it would turn people off! Thanks for letting me know they were a success 🙂

  12. October 17, 2012 at 5:40 am #

    Super cute! I just took a cookie decorating class last night so now I’d be a pro at these!

    • October 17, 2012 at 6:10 am #

      I am sure you would do a better job than me Lisa! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. October 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    Awesome idea! We love having you at Whimsy Wednesday!
    Smart! School {House}

  14. October 20, 2012 at 8:09 am #

    Yum, those sound fabulous!

  15. November 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    These are so cute. My son is a football fanatic, I must make these for him!

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