Football Calzones

Ingredients:

- Pizza dough (refrigerated or homemade)

- Tomato/marinara sauce

- Pizza cheese (or your favorite cheese)

- Pizza toppings - veggies, pepperoni, sausage, pineapple, mushrooms, etc

- 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

Roll out pizza dough on a large cutting board. Using a cup or a bowl as your guide (or free hand if you’re feeling ambitious) and a sharp knife, cut out football shapes (the larger the football, the more toppings you can fit).

Make sure you cut an even number of shapes, otherwise you will have an open faced football.

Place on a silicone baking mat or a greased cookie sheet and top with marinara and pizza toppings, leaving some space at the edge. Don’t overfill or your footballs will leak!

Place another dough cutout on top. Use a fork to crimp the edges shut.

Cut strips of dough for the football laces and place on top. Brush with egg and bake at 425 for 10-13 minutes (smaller footballs = less time) until golden brown.

Pizza dough doesn’t re-roll as nicely as other doughs. With your leftover dough, you can cut it into breadstick shapes, top with Italian seasoning, brush with butter and garlic, or just bake it plain for some yummy bread to dunk into pizza sauce!

Peanut Butter Football Dip

Ingredients:

- 1 stick of butter, softened

- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter

- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

- 3 Tbsp brown sugar

- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

- 3/4 cup regular chocolate chips

- 1 bag Mini chocolate chips for the outside of the football

- White frosting for the football laces

Directions:

Cream together softened butter, brown sugar, cream cheese, and peanut butter until mixed.

Add vanilla.

Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix until combined (add more if it looks too wet).

Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 1 hour. If you’re in a hurry you can shape it right away, but chilled dough is easier to work with.

Shape into a football (I find it’s easiest to do this on your serving tray so you don’t have to worry about moving it).

Cover with mini chocolate chips.

Use white frosting to draw on "laces" to the football if desired.

Serve with pretzels, graham crackers, or eat it with a spoon!