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11 Mouthwatering Desserts for Your Football Kickoff Party

{Image Credit: Munchkin Munchies}

The preseason has ended and the final cuts have been made, which points to one sure and sweet thing: the NFL season is about to begin!

No matter who you root for tonight, football season is welcomed by millions of Americans each September. But if you’re similar to us, you might consider the food to be an important highlight in this beloved gridiron pastime. With autumn being one of the sweetest seasons to celebrate the fun and games of the NFL or college football, we share 11 of our favorite football-themed desserts for your kickoff party.

From cupcakes to pies, score a touchdown with your guests thanks to these delicious treats.

{Image Credit: The First Year Blog}

Football Pudding Cups {via the first year blog}

If you’re looking for a rich, smooth, chocolatey dessert, look no further. Made of dark chocolate almond milk, corn starch and cocoa powder, this easy recipe is the perfect option for those looking for a dairy free treat.

Matcha Passion Fruit Bars {via brave tart}

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to desserts, fruit bars are the quintessential addition. Not only are they refreshing and light, but they can be pretty decadent. Topped with a dark chocolate drizzle on a cocoa and matcha crust, this fruit bar with a delicious curd made of passion fruit is a delightful treat.

Football Kickoff Watermelon {via one crafty thing}

If you rather go into a natural sugar zone, especially for the kids — consider a football kickoff watermelon. With plenty of fruits still in season, carving a watermelon to look like a goal post is not only a creative addition to a party but it will have everyone raving. If you like the watermelon angle, check out the DIY for a watermelon football helmet.

Football Bark {via the first year}

Chocolate bark recipes are not just super adaptable for every occasion, but so easy to make. With just seven ingredients, this football bark of almonds, green candy and dark chocolate is delicious and oh-so-pretty.

{Image Credit: The Girl Who Ate Everything}

Nutter Butter Referees {via the girl who ate everything}

Break tradition and amp up your Nutter Butter cookies with a cute football feel. Easy to make in a short amount of time, these referee-shaped cookies are dipped in white chocolate and complement that peanut butter flavor.

Mini Football Éclairs {via tastes better from scratch}

While a little time consuming to make, these super yummy cream filled pastries topped with a dark ganache topping add a little class to your football party. Not to mention, they’re so impressive — we guarantee they’ll be gone in a flash.

Football Brownies {via love from the oven}

Ideal for tailgates and parties, these football brownies are über delicious and fun to make with the kids. Additionally, you can score extra points with the strawberry as it makes for a healthy treat — well, sort of.

Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball {via shugary sweets}

Kick your cheese dip love up a notch with this Oreo-inspired dessert that will surely have your heart. Easily enjoyed with wafers, pretzels, graham crackers and even fruit, the addition of the mini chocolate chips gives it a nice dark brown color reminiscent of a football.

Dessert Nachos {via sally’s baking addiction}

For a refreshing take on an age-old favorite, sprinkle some fun into the mix with fresh fruit, chocolate and powdered sugar atop a platter of cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. Yes, they’re dessert nachos! Not only is it creative, but top it off with whipped cream and you’ve got a new love.

{Image Credit: Cakewalker}

Mini Football Cookie Bites {via munchkin munchies}

These mini kickoff cookies are easy to prepare and too cute for words. Made with a basic sugar cookie dough and topped with some royal icing, these creative bite-sized cookies are a great addition to any football-themed party.

Championship Chocolate Cupcakes {via cakewalker}

You will definitely be MVP of every kickoff party this season thanks to these delicious desserts. Perfect for tailgating or weekly get-togethers, these football-themed cupcakes are easy to make and add an elegant touch with the chocolate covered almonds.

Featured image: The First Year Blog
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