Football Cinnamon Sticks

My first job as a teenager was at a local pizza place and the only reason I wanted to work there was so I could buy myself a car. Not just any car. I wanted a 1978 Red Camaro that looked similar to the car Bert Reynolds and Sally Fields rode in while making the movie ‘Smoky and the Bandit.’ I got the job, saved my money and bought the car, but I also got more than I bargained for. I found my husband at that little pizza shop. We fell in love while docking dough and topping our favorite food with provolone cheese. Those were good times.

I don’t quite remember what year it was but we worked there when the dessert pizzas became popular. My favorite was the cinnamon sticks. Butter, sugar, cinnamon laying on that wonderful pizza crust. Yum! Since our life together began making pizzas we enjoy making them at home and making fun things like football shaped cinnamon sticks. Since you can buy the Pillsbury pizza crust in those cute little tubes, making them is a breeze.Easy Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe | The Bearfoot BakerWhen you order your pizza for the big game, don’t buy a dessert pizza. Make your own football cinnamon sticks and top them with a little icing. I promise this will become part of your Super Bowl tradition because they are that easy and oh so good.

Supplies for Football Cinnamon Sticks:

Ingredients:
Pillsburry Pizza Crust
1/2 stick or 2 ounces of butter, melted
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
Flour

Tools:
Football Cookie Cutter
Pastry Brush
Baking Sheet
Parchment Paper
Ziploc or pastry bag
Cutting Mat

Icing:
1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoon of milk

Football Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon, sugar and butter are the perfect blend of ingredients to top these delicious, tender football cinnamon sticks. Perfect snack for the Super Bowl.

Ingredients:

Pillsburry Pizza Crust

  • 1/2 stick or 2 ounces of butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Flour

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of milk

Directions:

Pillsburry Pizza Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Mix the cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • Next, melt the butter.
  • Open the pizza crust and unroll the dough on a cutting mat that has been dusted with flour.
  • Use any football shape to cut the pizza dough.
  • Place the football cutouts onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush the melted butter on each football shapes. Be generous because the butter is part of the magic blend of ingredients that make these treats delicious!
  • While the butter is still melted, sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture onto each football.
  • Use a fork to dock the dough. Docking the dough is simply adding holes in the dough so it will help keep the dough flat while it bakes. Just poke it several times with a fork.
  • Bake at 425° for about 5 minutes.

For the Icing:

  • Mix the confectioner’s sugar and milk in a bowl.
  • Place the icing in a Ziplock bag or a decorating bag and drizzle on the top of the footballs.

Football Cinnamon Sticks | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Preheat the oven to 425°.
  • Mix the cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg in a small bowl and set it aside.
  • Next, melt the butter.

Football Cinnamon Stick with Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Open the pizza crust and unroll the dough on a cutting mat that has been dusted with flour.
  • Use any football shape to cut the pizza dough. The cutter used to make these has an impression of the football but once the cinnamon sticks are baked, you won’t see the impression.

Simple Football Cinnamon Sticks with Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Place the football cutouts onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.

Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe and Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Brush the melted butter on each football shapes. Be generous because the butter is part of the magic blend of ingredients that make these treats delicious!

Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe | The Bearfoot Baker

  • While the butter is still melted, sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture onto each football.

Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe & Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Use a fork to dock the dough. Docking the dough is simply adding holes in the dough so it will help keep the dough flat while it bakes. Just poke it several times with a fork.

Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe and Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Bake at 425° for about 5 minutes. The directions call for more baking time but we didn’t load the dough with sauce, cheese and other toppings so the football cinnamon sticks will bake faster.

Simple Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe with Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Mix the confectioner’s sugar and milk in a bowl.
  • Place the icing in a Ziplock bag or a decorating bag.
  • Decorate your football cinnamon sticks any way you like. I tried to make one look like a football but I didn’t like decorating them that way. I wanted the process to be fast like my red Camaro so I chose to drizzle them instead.

I made a little video to show you how fun and easy it is to make this sweet treat. Enjoy!

Football Cinnamon Sticks Recipe | The Bearfoot BakerAfter Alan and I got married he told me to sell that little red Camaro that I worked so hard to buy. He said it was a death trap for me because back in the day I was “Led Foot Lisa” and drove that car faster than I should have. I was a kid and didn’t see the danger in going a little bit too fast. I was lucky Alan was there to help me keep my head on straight. The truth is, I was lucky because making pizza is what brought me the cutest guy in the world.

We are still in love after all these years and we still make pizzas together. I will love him forever, as long as he saves me some of the football cinnamon sticks! 😉

Bear hugs,

Lisa