Recipe courtesy of Wolfgang Puck

Chocolate Shortbread Footballs

  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 12 small cookies
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1 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

3/4 cup cocoa, sifted


1 cup mascarpone

2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Royal icing:

1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar

1 tablespoon egg white or powdered egg white mixed according to package instructions*


Cream together the butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add the cocoa and flour and mix together well until it combines. Allow to rest for 1 hour, covered in plastic.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

With a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and with a cookie cutter shaped like a football, cut the dough into footballs. Place on parchment paper on cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the sheet and bake another 5 minutes. Allow to cool.

Mix together the mascarpone and 2 tablespoons of confectioners' sugar until well blended. Spread a little of this mixture on 1 football and top with a second football to make a sandwich. Continue spreading the mixture until all cookies are used.

To make the royal icing, combine the 1 cup of confectioners' sugar with the egg white. Mix until the consistency is very smooth. Pour icing into a piping bag fitted with a round #1 tip. Pipe a football lace design on the cookies. Let dry.


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