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Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pie Footballs

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies made into a football shape for Game Day! Snack on these soft and chewy treats with a creamy filling while you cheer on your favorite team.

Ready for game day? Whip up this Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball, shaped like a football, for your fans! Or try our savory Buffalo Chicken Dip for a tasty touchdown!

Football shaped oatmeal cream pies on white cake platter.

Game Day Dessert

Need a new dessert idea for watching the Big Game this weekend? This recipe puts a football spin on an old favorite.

Did I mention there’s CHOCOLATE involved, too?

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies are so easy to make with a sweet frosting filling. Shaping them into footballs is simpler than you think.

They look amazing on the dessert table!

This recipe is just like the classic, Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream pie, except made with chocolate. Soft and chewy with a perfect cream center, melted white chocolate forms “laces” on the top.

If you love these cookies, be sure to try our favorite no bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies too!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for football shaped oatmeal cream pies.

Shortening. Butter flavored Crisco works best. You’ll use it in both the cookie dough and the filling. Do not substitute butter or oil.

Brown sugar. Either light or dark brown sugar can be used. Dark brown sugar brings out a stronger molasses flavor.

Molasses. You need regular molasses (not black strap or “dark” versions, which are much more bitter).

Vanilla Extract. Use my homemade vanilla extract recipe for best results!

Marshmallow fluff. Or “marshmallow cream” for the cream filling!

Quick oats. These are processed more finely than other oats. Don’t use whole rolled oats or steel cut here.

White chocolate. This gets melted to make the football lace design on top. Candy melting wafers or regular bars of white chocolate both work well.

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make football shaped chocolate oatmeal cream pies.

First, make the chocolate oatmeal cookie dough.

  • Drop the dough by the spoonful onto a lined cookie sheet. Use your hands the shape the dough into ovals.
  • Bake for about 7 minutes. When the cookies have JUST started to brown at the edges, take them out of the oven.

Make the cream filling.

  • Frost the flat side of one cooled cookie.
  • Press another cookie on top. Repeat until you’ve turned all the cookies into oatmeal cream pies.

Add the white chocolate:

  • Melt white chocolate and spoon it into a ziploc bag. Pipe the laces to resemble a football.
  • Let the chocolate set for a few minutes before serving.
White chocolate in a ziploc bag being piped onto oatmeal cream pie footballs.

Tips and Tricks

  • If the cookies get too round in the oven, pinch the ends to sharpen the “point” of each football. Do this while the cookies are still warm, just after baking.
  • For cleaner lines on the oatmeal cream pie footballs, transfer the white chocolate to a plastic zipped bag with the corner snipped off. Then pipe the chocolate onto the cookies, just like you would with frosting.
  • These still look and taste great made as regular oatmeal cream pies! Feel free to bake them as regular round cookies. You can drizzle white chocolate over them in whatever design you like, or omit it entirely.
  • Use a tablespoon sized cookie scoop to ensure the cookies are equally sized. Equally sized cookies make the best looking cream pies!

Recipe FAQs

Can I use butter instead of Crisco in these oatmeal cookies?

No, I do not recommend using butter in this oatmeal cream pie recipe. The shortening reacts with the other ingredients to make the cookies super chewy. Butter will result in a thinner, flatter cookie.

Can you freeze oatmeal cream pies?

Yes, these Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pie Footballs can be frozen and stored for the Game Day. Transfer to freezer bags once cooled.
They’ll keep well for up to 2 months in the freezer.

How many cream pies does this recipe make?

This recipe makes enough cookies and filling for about 18 assembled cream pies. Each time I made the recipe, I get about 36 individual cookies from the dough.

Chocolate oatmeal cream pies shaped like a football.

More Game Day Recipes

Yield: 18 cookies

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pie Footballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pies made into a football shape for Game Day! Snack on these soft and chewy treats with a creamy filling while you cheer on your favorite team.

Ingredients

For the Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1½ cup quick cook oats

For the Filling:

  • 1 Tablespoon very hot water
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 10oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • ¾ cup butter flavored Crisco
  • ⅔ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Topping:

  • 4 oz white chocolate, melted

Instructions

Step 1

  1. In large bowl, beat Crisco, brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, vanilla and eggs. Add flour, salt, baking soda, cocoa and cinnamon. Mix in the oats.

Step 2

  1. Drop by ONE tablespoon onto a parchment lined cookie sheet (shape into an oval).
  2. Bake 7-8 minutes in a 350 degree oven, until just starting to brown around the edges. DON’T OVERCOOK! Pinch edges of cookies into a football shape if they have rounded too much.

Step 3

  1. After cookies have cooled, combine hot water with salt and mix until salt is dissolved. In large bowl, beat marshmallow fluff with Crisco, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat on high until fluffy.
  2. Add in salt water and mix until well combined. Spread filling on one cookie and press second cookie on top.

Step 4

  1. Using melted chocolate, spoon into a ziploc bag, snip off the corner, and pipe onto cookie to look like laces on a football.
  2. Allow to set about ten minutes. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If the cookies get too round in the oven, pinch the ends to sharpen the "point" of each football. Do this while the cookies are still warm, just after baking.
  • For cleaner lines on the oatmeal cream pie footballs, transfer the white chocolate to a plastic zipped bag with the corner snipped off. Then pipe the chocolate onto the cookies, just like you would with frosting.
  • These still look and taste great made as regular oatmeal cream pies! Feel free to bake them as regular round cookies. You can drizzle white chocolate over them in whatever design you like, or omit it entirely.
  • Use a tablespoon sized cookie scoop to ensure the cookies are equally sized. Equally sized cookies make the best looking cream pies!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

18

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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A Game Day dessert for all the football fans in your life! This recipe for Chocolate Oatmeal Cream Pie Footballs adds sweetness and fun to your game watching party.

About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on February 4, 2021

Comments & Reviews

  1. These look amazing, and I can’t wait to make them for a Super Bowl Party this weekend. Has anyone tried this recipe with regular butter rather than butter-flavored Crisco? Just wondering if the substitute will alter the way the cookies come out. Thanks!

    1. Hi Kim, butter will most likely make these a little flatter (and spread more). You can try using half butter, half margarine. Let me know if you try it!

      1. Thanks Aimee! I was making them for a party and didn’t want to take any chances, so I just went out and bought butter-flavored Crisco. They turned out perfectly! I made 1 1/2 batches and they were ALL GONE before we left the party. Yay! Thanks so much for this recipe.

  2. I wonder if there is a way to convert these to gluten free so I could have them and my toddler son too! We’re allergic to wheat!

    They look amazing!!!

  3. These are soo adorable! Have to make them next year for superbowl sunday for sure 🙂 or maybe sooner, I don’t think I can wait that long to try them !!

  4. OMG — these are the cutest, and tastiest looking football treats I’ve seen! Spotlighting your recipe on my FB page today!

    jenn

  5. These are so fun!! Love it!

    I featured your cookies on my blog today, feel free to stop by & check it out!
    http://artsyfartsymama.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-features-n-shtuff-20.html

  6. oh what a cute idea!!

    Thanks for linking up!! I featured this post too in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/super-bowl-party-food-2/

    Have a great Sunday!

  7. These are adorable – I’m going to try to make these for my husband – he would love them!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

  8. Thank you so much for linking these up at Weekend Potluck! They are so adorable. I just featured them on facebook! If you wouldn’t mind, please post a link back to Weekend Potluck or grab one of the linky buttons. Thanks again! Have a great weekend!

  9. YUM! These sound delish and how perfect for the Super Bowl! Pinned! Thanks for sharing!
    -Nikki
    Chef in Training

  10. These look so adorable! Perfect for the Superbowl! I remember eating something really similar to this when I was younger, so it’s definitely bringing back some yummy memories 🙂 I love this, great job!

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