Savor your team spirit with sweet treats

Bring your bowls to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl meal’s end zone: Be a champion at your Super Bowl party this year with a delicious football-themed dessert.

After chicken wings, chili, hoagies, cheesesteaks, pulled pork, bacon whatevers, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, soft pretzels and beer (perhaps not an inclusive list), will you make it to the Super Bowl meal’s end zone — dessert? Yes! None of the following football treats will make you feel deflated. Although your waist may gain some yardage, these desserts are quick to make and good to eat.

Fly, Eagles, fly — off the plate.

EAGLE HEAD TREATS

½ cup white chocolate

12 regular marshmallows

Coconut

12 chocolate sandwich cookies or chocolate covered thins

12 whole cashews

Black decorator’s gel

Coconut Field: Coconut mixed with green food coloring, optional

Melt white chocolate chips or white chocolate bar to equal ½ cup in a small dish.

Coat each marshmallow generously in the white chocolate, turning carefully with a spatula or fork.

Remove the marshmallow from the chocolate, and roll one flat end and the sides in the coconut — one flat side should be just white chocolate covered.

Quickly put the coconut free end of the marshmallow on top of the chocolate sandwich cookie.

Allow chocolate to set. Make a (beak) hole using a toothpick in the side of the marshmallow and insert a cashew.

Add eyes, using black decorator’s gel.

If making a field: In a large bowl, mix a few drops of green food coloring into the coconut and toss. Spread green coconut evenly across a rectangular plate to create a playing field.

Arrange eagle treats on coconut home turf.

These footballs are so light that you might think Tom Brady made them.

CHOCOLATE RICE KRISPIE FOOTBALLS

4 Tbsp. butter

1 package mini marshmallows (10 oz.)

6 cups cocoa krispies

In a large microwavable bowl, melt the butter (about 1 minute).

Add the marshmallows and microwave for 1 minute.

Butter a wooden spoon and stir the marshmallows. Return bowl and microwave for 1–2 minutes until marshmallows puff up the bowl.

Remove bowl, add cocoa krispies and stir. Cool slightly.

Butter your hands and shape/squeeze into small oval footballs — widest in the middle and tapering off to pointy ends. (Keep butter handy.)

Pipe the icing onto the footballs to resemble laces.

Icing: 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, 3½ tsp. water, 1 drop vanilla, 1 small, heavy sandwich baggie.

Mix together the sugar, water and vanilla. Cut off a very small tip on the corner of the sandwich bag. Fill the bag with the icing and pipe a line down the center of each football. Pipe a few short lines across the center line to resemble football laces. Allow to dry.

Note: Arrange footballs (and Eagle Heads) on the coconut turf serving plate. (See Coconut Field Above)

Pass this dip and score big. Line up your pretzels and/or apple slices around the football, but don’t hesitate to try one. There’s no such thing as a false start.

PEANUT BUTTER/CHOCOLATE DIP

¼ cup butter, softened

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1 cup peanut butter (regular not natural)

¾ tsp. vanilla extract

1½ cups confectioners’ sugar

½ cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate Jimmies or mini chocolate chips to cover football

White icing to draw laces (see recipe for icing above)

Beat together the butter, cream cheese and peanut butter, and add the vanilla.

Add the confectioners’ sugar ½ cup at a time, beating to combine.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pack into oval-shaped serving dish or shape into a football on a plate.

Cover football with chocolate jimmies or mini chocolate chips.

Use the icing recipe above or your own, and pipe a line in the center of football and a few short lines across the center line to resemble laces.

Remove from fridge 1 hour before serving.

Serve with pretzel crackers or apple slices.

Eat well, live long, enjoy!

(Ques­tions or tips can be sent to Donna Zit­ter Bor­de­lon at WhatscookinNEPhilly@gmail.com or in care of the Times, 2 Executive Campus, Suite 400, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002)

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