Makes 6 dozen
Rosemarie Bertini of Sacramento was looking for the helmet cookie recipe that her mother used to make for Super Bowl when the San Francisco 49ers competed. They were shaped like football helmets and decorated with the 49ers logo. The icing included maple flavoring.
Sandy Zimmerman of Antelope and Laura Horne of Sacramento share this recipe. Horne used to make these cookies back in the 1980s for parties.
If you can't find a helmet cookie cutter, you might have to make your own out of cardboard. You could also make the cookies in the shape of a football. You'll want to color the frosting with the food coloring in the colors toast or desert brown, and true or Christmas red.
Cookie dough: 4½ cups flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups butter
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Frosting: 1 stick soft butter; 1 pound powdered sugar; ¼ cup milk; 1/8 teaspoon maple flavor or 1 teaspoon vanilla
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside. Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix well to combine. Refrigerate dough overnight. Roll dough out on lightly floured board. Cut helmet-shaped cookies and bake on cookie sheets at 350 degrees until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes.
Mix butter, powdered sugar, salt, milk and flavoring. Divide frosting into one large portion and two smaller ones. Tint the largest amount toast (follow food coloring directions or purchase desert brown food coloring in a specialty store). Tint another part true red or Christmas red. Leave last portion white. Frost cookies with toast and trim with SF emblem in red and white.
Per cookie: 125 calories; 1 gram protein; 18 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams fat; 24 milligrams cholesterol; 76 milligrams sodium; 0 grams fiber; 39 percent calories from fat.