Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl and The Manly Cookie Challenge

Are you ready for some football?!  I'm ready for some football cookies, but the game eh.  I like watching the commercials and the halftime show, but I could really care less about those guys that run around throwing an oblong ball around.  Mr. John on the other hand eats, breathes, and drinks football.  He told me he sees a lot of sparkly, girly cookies coming out of our kitchen, so he made a special request challenged me to make some "manly" Super Bowl cookies for him.  Then he got another great idea (or he's just plain greedy) and said he'd love to see cookiers around the world make manly cookies in honor of the big game.  What, is it his birthday or something?!

So I posted the challenge on Facebook and several of my cookier friends stepped up to the challenge.  Since this is Mr. John's idea and he knows football, I thought he should do a play by play:
{Disclaimer:  Mr. John is opinionated about his football and what he deems "manly" food :D }

MR. JOHN:  First let me say that I am NOT a cookier.  I do however enjoy getting into the kitchen and making my favorite chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with the kids.  See.... I do know my way around a kitchen.
      { I can't BELIEVE he bought cookie dough.  I am ashamed!}

I am thrilled so many of you decided to take me up on my challenge of producing some manly cookies.  Of course, the Super Bowl is the the manliest event of them all, so the material to pull from is endless!  I have my ideas of what would make cool Super Bowl cookies, but some of you got really creative.
Hillary of The Cookie Countess
Logos are the most identifiable part of any team.  The logo, the uniforms and the helmets are worn by fans, seen throughout their respective cities and through the nation when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday.  I really love the skills you all have in recreating the very specific and intricate logos from each team, but Hillary, your logo cookies are PERFECT!  With the NY Giants, you included the small red outline of the "NY", and the script is awesome.  On your Patriots cookies, the streaking patriot logo looks perfect (even if the logo does suck... from a purely football standpoint)

Julie Costello says "Go G-Men!"
Face masks are really tough.  They never come out right... doodles, graphic art... they always look awkward... unless you are Justin Tuck (sorry for the football reference here, but his face mask is SICK!  It looks like a gladiator mask.  Hope you take a look at this thing here).  So... that said, I was apprehensive about them, but the helmet cookies that were submitted look fantastic!  Julie, Susanna, and Alyson you got the placement of the logos in the EXACT place.  Not an easy thing to do.  Most people will assume that the logos are straight across the helmet, and that leads to some bizarre looking mistakes.

Susanna of Rolling Pin Productions

Alyson of Corner House Cookies

There are 2 men that are ALWAYS the most irritating guys on the team.  They are the pretty boy poster children that the media and most women put too much emphasis on... that's the quarterback.  However, those are the two guys that carry the most name recognition, and it is most appropriate to want to create art, pictures, or cookies of these two QBs.  Jen, you created the whole package.  Great job with the logos, helmets and the Jerseys.  I don't fault you for concentrating on the QBs either.. .but I bet you took a little more time concentrating on the Tom Brady cookie... didn't you.... why do girls like that guy?... but I digress.

Jen of Elemental Cookies
I need to say... there is NOTHING wrong with a cake pop on the manly food scale (not a fan of the term "cake balls" though) and I would love to have a display like Renee's at my party.  Seriously, they look great, and I bet they don't last to Madonna strutting her misshapen, over yoga'd, old butt across the stage at halftime (a performance that has no place at the Super Bowl, but again... I digress)

Renee of The Cake Fairy
Elizabeth of Lone Stars And Stripes
Elizabeth, I love your cookies..... I think they look great!  the Patriots logo is awesome, and the color scheme is brilliant.  However, I get to bust your chops a little bit.  The manly factor is stripped away by the little blue dots along the edge.  Again, they look awesome, and I want to eat one now with a large glass of milk... but ... when was the last time a man said "this is good, but I wish it had some decorative doo-dads along the edge."  With manly cookies, it's always best to keep it simple.  Don't spend time making them pretty.  All that is lost on us.  Again... this is just Mr. John's opinion; I'm letting my inner Tim Allen out to assist the cookie world.

Susan of Painted Cookies
 Displays with multiple cookies are always nice.  I like them because if I eat a cookie, nobody will notice and I can probably sneak over and grab a couple before anyone notices the diminishing plate of cookies.  So, Natalie and Susan, thanks for creating a sneak-play plate of cookies that will be enjoyed for a while at the game.  Also, Susan, I love the special edition XLVI football cookies.  Nice touch.  Natalie, MAJOR props to you for including a Lombardi Trophy!  a little known company called Tiffany's created the trophy for the NFL, and yours is  perfection.  that cookie would be the first one I grab, and everyone at the party would frown at me for taking the only one, but I would wait... and at the end of the game, I would raise it high, do a victory lap around the living room and eat that thing up!

Natalie of Palestine Painted Cookie

Finally, I need to take a moment and say that Jill... your cookies made me laugh.  fantastic creativity here.  I don't know if you are a Packer fan, but I bet you are.  What happened to your team?  You were supposed to be here!  The Giants and the lesser of 2 Mannings beat you on your own turf!  I know for a fact that your Packer fan cookie is SOOOOO true, but your Giants fan cookie needs a MUCH bigger smile, because they are as shocked as anyone that they are here too!

Jill of Jill FCS

So... I know I'm pretty dang partial, but my favorite cookies have GOT to be those from my own Mrs. Arty McGoo.  I LOVE her take on the Brady & Manning cookies, and I KNOW she took a lot of time getting every brush stroke perfect on that pretty boy Tom Brady cookie!  I can't wait to bite off his head today!
Enjoy the game!  -Mr. John

Liz of Arty McGoo
Thank you so much to everyone who shared their awesome Super Bowl cookies and treats!  I loved them all, but they really could have used some glitter and maybe some cute frosting ribbon roses?  Okay, we'll save that for our Valentine's cookies.


If you have some pictures of your Super Bowl creations I'd love to see them!  Link up and share yours below:

14 comments:

  1. Excellent work by all the fabulous cookiers!

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  2. Fabulous post by Mr. John so we will forgive him for buying packaged cookie dough ( even though is was a major fumble). All of the cookies submitted and shown here are wonderful and certainly a lot of work went into each of them. I have to say that yours Liz, are just phenomenal!!

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  3. What a great round-up, Liz/ Mr. John! So many talented cookiers! I sooo wanted to participate by making stadium cookies, but sadly never got around to it:( Next year!

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  4. LOL at the polka-dots. Confession time ... my cookies were actually made for my [kindergartener] son and his class to help them celebrate Patriots Fan Day (we live in New England). I had to find a way to make them semi-"cute" for the little girls, as well as fun for the little dudes. Hence, the polka dots and girly-girl font choice. ;) I'm not worthy.

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  5. What a fun collection Liz! Somehow I completely missed your cookie challenge and I'm sorry. It was such a crazy week and I didn't even make football cookies! I think I was just depressed after the game a couple weeks ago when my 49ers LOST! Great collection of cookies from everyone and I loved seeing them all. I agree with Mr. John on the manly cookies and the need for simple. My step dad loves those buy & bake cookies ;-)

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  6. I'm holding you to that Sue!
    I LOVE your "semi-cute" cookies Elizabeth! You are sooooo worthy :D. Mr. John laughed when he heard your confession!

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  7. AH-MA-ZING!!! I'll be here soon!!! You're awesome {in case ya didn't know already}

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  8. I am blown away by the serious talent out there. I especially love the Packers cookie. We're Packers fans. Amazing cookies. I'm pinning these puppies even though I do not have the skill to make these. BUT in Pinning I am showing the world the ridiculous talent out there.

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  9. HOLY CRAP — I almost fell off my chair when I saw your cookies, Liz!

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  10. Mr. John: You are SO right — born and raised a Green Bay Packer fan! A year of “almosts” for Wisconsin — Brewers, Badgers and now the Packers. Argh!#$%

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  11. Thank you so much for including Elemental Cookies--I am still learning so much and aspire to be as talented as you all! :)

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  12. All are so awesome, well done ladies! But really Liz, they are outstanding! And well done Mr John in picking your wife's cookies, he's a bright boy!

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  13. They all did a great and beautiful job. Your cookies are wow amazing. Love

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  14. If Tim Allen is ever sick you can sub for him John. I know Liz was cringing turning her audience over to you!!! Great job all- you had me!

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