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Recipe for Football Cookies


1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Beaten Egg Yolks
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups Sifted Cake Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup Finely Chopped Nuts (Optional)
1/2 cup Bran Cereal

In Bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  Add the beaten egg yolks and vanilla.  Mix well with Wooden Spoon.  Add the sifted Flour and Baking Powder and then add the nuts and bran. Mix with Spoon.  Wrap Cookie Dough with Plastic Wrap and Put the cookie dough in the refrigerater until chilled well. (at least 2 hours)

   Grease a cookie Sheet.  Shape the cookies into oval shaped footballs and place on cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes.  Cool Cookies.  When cookies are cooled, you can decorate the little footballs with icing. 

Use a small pastry tube, and put the icing where the football laces usually are.  This makes 2 Dozen Football Cookies.
Recipe is from "The Successful Hostess" 1953, a book that I own.

How to Tackle the Perfect Football Party 
Why not host a party at your house and watch the game
 with some of your buddies?

Mix It Up with Jenny - Tailgate Treats

(Family Features) - Coolers and camp chairs and portable grills - it's time to cheer on the home team with a tailgate party. In my hometown, football fans love to hit the stadium early to cook out, enjoy each other's company and celebrate their love of the game.

Whether you're tailgating at a high school, college or pro game, here are a couple of tips to make your party a winner.

Share and Share Alike. Make it easy on everyone by making the tailgate party a potluck. Bring your own meat to grill, but take turns bringing side dishes, drinks, plates, cups and utensils, and desserts. This lowers the cost for everyone and it's a great way to try some new foods.

Sweet and Simple. When it's my turn to bring the desserts, I like keeping things simple. These Blonde Brownies are a terrific blend of that caramely/butterscotchy flavor you get from brown sugar, and yummy chocolate morsels. And they're a snap to make! For peanut butter and chocolate fans, Buckeye Candy is a sweet solution. This recipe makes about 6 dozen candies, so there should be plenty to go around.

Keep the tailgating team cheering with more easy, portable recipes that you can find at

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and

Buckeye Candy


  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter, (not all-natural)
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 3/4 cups (16-ounce box) powdered sugar
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening


  1. LINE baking sheets with wax paper.
  2. BEAT peanut butter and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.
  3. MELT morsels and shortening in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted.
  4. DIP peanut butter centers into melted chocolate using a toothpick, leaving a small portion of the center uncovered. Shake off excess chocolate and scrape bottom of candy on side of bowl. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until chocolate is set. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Keep chilled on the way to the game.

Makes 6 dozen candies

Calories: 200g   Total Fat: 12g
Cholesterol: 5mg   Protein: 4g
Carbohydrates: 21g   Sodium: 75mg

Super Bowl Snack Attack

Super Bowl Sunday Is Super Bowl Of  Snacking

Newswise — Super Bowl Sunday is the "Super Bowl" of snacking. Research by the Calorie Control Council and the Snack Food Association finds that Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on the big game day. That breaks down to 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 2.5 million pounds of nuts. The average armchair quarterback will consume 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat just from snacking (not counting any meals).

The Calorie Control Council's research reveals that potato chips, the snacking favorite, will account for 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat. These 1.8 billion fat grams nationwide are the same as 4 million pounds of fat. That 4 million pounds of fat is equal to the weight of 13,000 National Football League (NFL) offensive linemen at 300 pounds each. Using the average weight of the Super Bowl teams, the calculation is actually more than 4 million pounds of fat and 13,000 NFL offensive linemen, since the New England Patriots' offensive line tips the scale at 310 lbs. average and the New York Giants offensive line averages 311 lbs.

The Council recommends pre-planning your Super Bowl event and menu to include no-fat and low-fat chips and dips. When it comes to dips, it is possible to cut the fat without cutting the flavor. Try salsa, which is fat-free, or substitute reduced-fat sour cream and non-fat yogurt. Use fresh herbs and spices such as cilantro, parsley and hot peppers to add great flavor. Add fresh vegetables and low-fat dips to your party tray for a healthy appetizer in no time.

Also, choosing fat-free potato chips for the big game could save up to 300 calories per person

And, nationwide, fat-free potato chips could even cut 14 billion calories and 1.8 billion fat grams from our snack attacks.

Beth Hubrich, a dietitian with the Council, recommends planning a "pre-Super Bowl Workout" before settling in to watch the game. "For example, to burn off those 1,200 calories from snacking during the Super Bowl, it would take 3 hours of walking around a football field or 1 hour and 45 minutes of running. Or, if you want to get into the game spirit, it would take 2 hours of playing touch football to burn those calories," she says.

"You certainly don't want to have a dietitian at your Super Bowl party calling 'interference' when you and your friends start overindulging. But by doing a little game planning in advance, you can avoid becoming one of the millions of fans who eat 50 grams of fat in a very short period of time," Hubrich advises.

Super Bowl Sunday is a day when many people ruin their New Year's resolution to lose weight by consuming excessive calories and overindulging. If you want to get right back on your diet after the big game, the Council suggests that you visit its non-commercial web site,, where you can learn how to make lifestyle changes that will help you lose weight and keep it off.

You can look up Super Bowl Party Recipes for "Cutting the Fat and Keeping the Flavor" on the Calorie Control web site, The Council is a non-profit association of companies that make low-calorie and reduced-fat foods and beverages, and has been tracking dieting trends in America for more than 20 years.

 Released: 1/24/2008 8:00 AM EST

Recipe for Blonde Brownies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • Preparation
  • PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
  • COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Spread into prepared pan.
  • BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.
  • Serves
    Makes 3 dozen brownies

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    Go Nuts for the Underdogs

    (Family Features) - The March tournament is finally here. That means 63 games in 6 rounds of tournament play. 65 hours of coverage over 19 days. And if we're lucky, 1 great Cinderella story. Hoops fans all over the country will get caught up in the excitement of the national college basketball championship tournament, which tips off on Tuesday March 16. Whether you're rooting for top seeds or pulling for the underdog, add to the excitement by hosting your own tournament party. 

    Pre-Game Fun
    Go one-on-one with the pros without breaking a sweat by firing up the basketball video games. Or show your skills in an indoor game of H-O-R-S-E. Set up some Nerf hoops or use trash cans and paper wads and let the games begin.

    Slam-Dunk Snacks
    When the action starts, make sure you're ready to cheer on your favorite teams with easy-to-eat snack foods that will give your guests the energy to go the distance. Nuts are a great source of natural energy - fueling you up so you don't miss a second. Try Emerald Deluxe Mixed Nuts snack canisters for a great-tasting snack packed with protein, vitamins, minerals and the good fat your body needs.

    Nuts are an easy way to keep snacking fingers happy. But also make sure hearty dips, a meat and cheese plate, and a variety of chips and salsas are on hand; they'll score extra points with hungry fans. At the buzzer, serve cookies, brownies or basketball cupcakes for a sweet finish.

    Cheer for the Underdogs
    Make that "underdog-team" as much a part of your tournament experience as cheering on the top seeds.

    This year, Emerald Nuts has put a unique spin on the bracket brouhaha at It's a bracket game that turns the tournament upside down by tracking your favorite underdogs and giving users a chance to win $10,000.

    There are three ways to win:

  • Pick the underdog that goes the furthest for a chance to win $10,000.
  • Pick the championship team for a chance to win $5000.
  • Enter daily at for a chance up to $200

  • You can text the word UNDERDOG to 87963 or go to to play along and for complete rules and prize list.

    For more information about great game time snacks, visit

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