Last Minute Super Bowl football cookies

I'm constantly looking for fast last minute recipes that are delicious and quick in a pinch. Today I found myself in need of a fast Super Bowl related dessert to cheer on my home team, the 49ers, at a friends Super Bowl gathering. I whipped these up in under 30 minutes. They have a delicious deep chocolate flavor that will perfectly compliment the mounds of guacamole I intend to devour.
{Double Chocolate Football Cookies}
Adapted from: Annie's Eats
Yield: 16 very large cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cubed
1¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
½ cup dark cocoa powder
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. baking powder
2½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula. Transfer the dough to a work surface and knead briefly by hand to be sure the ingredients are well combined.

Divide the dough into 4 ounce portions (or divide into 16 equal pieces). Roll each portion of dough into a ball and flatten just slightly into a disc. Here you can shape like a football or keep as simple circles. Place on the prepared baking sheets, a few inches apart. Bake 16-20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Frost with royal icing if desired.

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