The ultimate gluten-free Game Day dessert! Football-shaped, gluten-free chocolate brownies with a crinkly top and irresistible chewy-fudgy texture. A fun and crowd-pleasing, gluten-free treat all football season -- especially for tailgaiting and Super Bowl!
Gluten-Free Football Brownies
Quick + Easy Recipe for Gluten-Free Football Brownies!
It is a reliable, super quick and easy recipe that makes the best gluten-free brownies!
They are unbelievably chocolaty, a perfect chewy-fudgy texture and they have that classic crinkly top.
For the brownies, you need 10 ingredients you probably already have in your pantry:
butter or dairy free butter
dark chocolate chips
gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum (we use GFJules)
cocoa powder (100% cacao)
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Step by Step How to Make Gluten-Free Football Brownies
The brownies come together quickly in 5 simple steps:
Slowly melt the butter and chocolate on low heat. Let them melt naturally and don’t rush the process so that the result is a silky smooth rich looking chocolate mixture.
Beat at the eggs until light and fluffy.
Add in both sugars and mix until well combined.
Add in the melted chocolate mix and vanilla.
Lastly, mix in the the dry ingredients.
That’s it! Then you simply pour the batter into your baking pan, spread evenly (or simply rock the pan gently from side to side) and bake!
Tip 1: I recommend baking the brownies in a pan lined with parchment paper so that you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan when they are baked and cooled, and cut out the football shapes.
Tip 2: I recommend covering them at 25 minutes of baking so that the tops stays soft and crinkly but the center continues to bake. You want the perfect chewy-fudgy texture and you want to be able to easily cut out footballs once they are cooled.
How to Make the Brownies into Football Shapes
The simplest way to get a perfect football shape is to invest in a pack of football cookie cutters. I am linking to what we purchased which is a pack of 4 sized football cookie cutters for $7.99 (As this is an Amazon link, prices may vary a bit).
Alternatively, you could cut the shapes with a knife.
We made them using the two smallest cookie cutters (2 inch and 3 inch footballs)
The smallest one (far right below) gives you adorable bite size football brownies, but required a bit more attention to decorate because of the smaller space.
The second smallest cookie cutter gives a good dessert size and was super quick and easy to decorate.
You will see below, to get as many footballs as possible from the brownie pan, we used a combination of both which makes for a fun platter.
Step by Step How to Make Football Shapes
Remove brownies from the pan and place on flat surface (I had a cutting board under the parchment paper.
Place your cookie cutter of choice over the brownie and gently press down to the bottom of the brownie.
Life up the entire cookie cutter (brownie will be firmly in the center of it) and place on flat surface; then, using both hands, gently press on the center / sides of brownie while pulling up on the cookie cutter to gently remove it from the cookie cutter.
Set aside and repeat until you have cut football shapes out of the entire brownie. You can see by the center photo that I used every square inch of the brownie to get the maximum number of football brownies. There will be some gluten-free brownie edges left which you can just enjoy snacking on — my family happily ate them for the next few days!
Step by Step How to Decorate Football Brownies
We used Pillbury Creamy Supreme White Frosting and the texture was perfect for decorating. Feel free to use whatever frosting you love.
Using a small plastic bag as a piping bag, place a few spoonfuls of frosting in one corner of the bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag. (For the smaller football brownies, cut a smaller hole so you can better control the design). To get the most precise lines, I used homemade piping bags over the course of decorating all the brownies.
Using the homemade “piping bag” draw a curved line on each side of the football, curve facing inward.
Then draw a straight line in the center of the brownie.
Then draw a straight line downward in the middle of the center the line, and two curved lines on either side — curves facing inward.
How adorable are these?
And don’t worry if they are not all perfect!
They will look great and taste even better!
And just look at this texture! Thick, crinkly top, chocolaty and perfectly chewy-fudgy!
Everyone scores a touchdown with these gluten-free brownies!
An irresistible gluten-free dessert, they are sure to be a fan favorite at any tailgate, game watching or Super Bowl party!
Football-shaped, gluten-free brownies with a crinkly top, rich chocolate flavor and irresistible chewy-fudgy texture A fun and crowd-pleasing Game Day dessert! Makes a 9 x13 inch pan of brownies that can be cut into 16 3-inch brownies, 27 2-inch brownies or any combination of the two.
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line an 9x13 metal pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over the edges or tucks in. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate chips together over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Set aside and cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy.
Add in both sugars and mix to combine well.
Add chocolate mixture and vanilla. Mix to combine.
Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
Pour brownie batter into prepared baking pan and gently rock pan side to side to spread evenly.
Bake for 32-35 minutes, covering loosely at 25 minutes so that top doesn't burn. A toothpick should come out of the center clean when done.
Let cool completely in the pan before cutting into football shapes.
How to cut and decorate brownie footballs
Remove brownies from pan by lifting out parchment paper and place on a flat surface like a cutting board.
Using football shaped cookie cutters, carefully cut out football shapes. The brownie will fill the entire cookie cutter, so carefully pull out the brownie by pressing down on the brownie while pulling up on the cutter. Set aside and repeat until all of the brownies have been cut into football shapes. You will have some leftover edges which can be enjoyed as a snack separately.
Use a small plastic bag as a piping bag: place a few spoonfuls of frosting in one corner of the bag and cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag. (For the smaller football brownies, cut a smaller hole so you can better control the design). To get the most precise lines, I used homemade piping bags over the course of decorating all the brownies.
Using the homemade “piping bag”, draw lines to replicate a football:Draw a curved line on each side of the football, curve facing inwardThen draw a straight line in the center of the brownie.Then ,along the center line, draw a straight line downward in the middle and two curved lines on either side — curves facing inward.
Freshest served in the first 24 hours. Let frosting set before storing, and store in a sealed container at room temperature for several days -- either in a single layer ideally or layers carefully separated by wax paper.
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