Frosted Chocolate Nut Cookie Bars

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Fudgy chocolate cookie bars with nuts and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Shape as footballs for game day, or slice and serve any day of the week!

Love football desserts? Whip up a batch of our cocoa krispie treats (you’ll see how festive I made them for game day). Or give our Cookies and Cream cheese ball a try, it’s a huge fan favorite!

Frosted Chocolate Nut Cookie Bars perfect for your Superbowl Party!! #thinkfisher

Let me first preface this with, if you hate nuts in your brownies and cookies, please keep reading. My family is normally very against me putting any kind of nut in our cookies and brownies, and yet, I LOVE them. The nuts and my family!

But these bars? Truly delicious.

I took my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, changed it up a little and added some cocoa.

  • These cookie bars resulted in a chewy brownie-ish treat.
  • Chock full of chocolate chips, walnuts and almonds.
  • Decadent chocolate buttercream frosting on top!
Frosted Chocolate Nut Cookie Bars: chewy chocolate bars filled with walnuts and almonds topped with a fluffy chocolate almond frosting! #thinkfisher

These cookie bars make a big pan. Grab your 15x10x1-inch baking sheet for today’s cookies! Don’t worry, if you have leftovers they freeze very nicely!

  • Make Cookie Dough.
  • Press into cookie pan. Dough will be sticky, so dip your fingers in flour to help!
  • Bake. Do not overbake! These bars will continue to cook after removing from oven.
  • Cool and Frost. If cutting into squares, spread frosting over entire pan of cookies and frost!
Frosted Chocolate Nut Cookie Bars perfect for your Superbowl Party!! #thinkfisher

Football Dessert

You can hike up the fun factor and make footballs! I used a 2 1/2 inch oval cutter for these football shaped cookie bars. So easy.

With your leftover cookie bar scraps you can make this insanely delicious Chocolate Cake Shake. OMG, it’s great with brownies, cakes, you name it. Don’t knock it till you try it!

Still want footballs, but you don’t have a cookie cutter? (or you don’t want a plateful of cookie scraps?) Cut your bars into squares. When you pipe on your frosting, it will still have the cute football appearance.

Frosted Chocolate Nut Cookie Bars perfect for your Superbowl Party!! #thinkfisher

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Frosted Chocolate Nut Cookie Bars

5 from 6 votes
By: Aimee
Fudgy chocolate cookie bars with nuts and topped with a creamy chocolate frosting! Shape as footballs for game day, or slice and serve any day of the week!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 48 cookie bars


For the cookie bars:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • cup dark chocolate usweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 4 ounce white chocolate bar melted, optional
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  • For the cookie bars, preheat oven to 375 degree F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with brown sugar for 2-3 minutes until fully combined.
  • Beat in vanilla and eggs. Add flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Blend completely. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Drop cookie dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Using finger tips (dipped in flour) press cookie dough into pan evenly (dough will be sticky, so keep dipping those fingers in flour).
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes. Do not overbake. Allow to cool completely in pan.
  • Once cooled, cut cookie bars into desired shape, either squares or using a cookie cutter.
  • For the frosting, beat butter for two minutes until soft and creamy. Add almond extract, cocoa, powdered sugar and 2 Tbsp milk. Beat for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy, adding more milk if needed.
  • Pipe frosting onto cookies. If desired, sprinkle with extra sliced almonds. Or, if making footballs, place melted white chocolate into a ziploc bag. Snip off the corner and pipe "laces" onto the cookies. ENJOY


  • Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature.
  • Freeze cookies in airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw on counter overnight. ENJOY.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 225kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 90mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 20g
Course: Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
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Posted on February 2, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. These are so much fun I recommended them to my mom to make with my eldest daughter for the big game tomorrow and they are so excited! Can’t wait!

  2. Whipped up a batch of these last night and am officially addicted to them. The football idea was a huge hit with my kids when we prepared them for a birthday party. Thanks for sharing!

  3. These cookie bars look wickedly delicious and I totally am drooling over all that frosting. Wish I had one now!

  4. These are sooo cute! And also some of the most creative football snacks I have seen! Yum! 🙂

  5. I’m originally from the “no nuts in my baked goods” camp but I’ve been converting! These cookies bars look so decadent and delicious and the football shaped ones are sooo cuuute!

  6. Cute football treats make sitting for hours in front of the game so much more doable! Love all the goodness going on in these brownies…the nuts, the chocolate, the frosting 🙂

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