Let’s be honest: Super Bowl parties are 50% about watching the game and 50% about eating the snacks (and that’s being generous when it comes to the football). Whether you’re hosting the gathering or attending one as a guest, give everyone something to cheer about with crowd-pleasing snacks that are perfect for game day.
1) Pretzel Focaccia
Rather than a bowl of boring pretzels to serve alongside your favorite dips, make a batch of this fluffy, salty Pretzel Focaccia. Cut it into long strips, bread stick-style, to make dipping easy. I love to dunk it in stone-ground honey mustard sauce; hot sauce would also be delicious for those who like things spicy.
2) Super-Sausage Pizza
Pizza is a must-have at Super Bowl gatherings. This Super-Sausage Pizza has a flavorful, hearty crust that can hold a generous layer of toppings. Semolina flour gives the crust a slight crunch and golden hue, while Pizza Dough Flavor ensures there’s umami-laced, garlicky flavor in every bite.
3) Pita Chips
Storebought pita chips are good, but homemade pita chips blow them out of the water. They’re extra-crunchy when fresh from the oven (especially if you bake them on a pizza stone), and you can top the chips any way you want. I like to divide the batch in half and give one portion a shower of salt and herbs, and the other a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. It lets eaters play the field.
4) Brownie Bites
While savory bakes are crowd-favorites at Super Bowl parties, we’ve pulled some of our favorite sweet recipes off the bench and encourage you to throw them into your lineup too. Start with something that’s universally loved: thick, fudgy brownies. Make them more snackable by downsizing them into these Brownie Bites.
If you have any leftovers at the end of the night, they can be a pick-me-up for any disappointed fans. Losing is always easier to stomach if it’s accompanied by chocolate.
5) Grand Prize Coconut Caramel Bars
If the losers take home extra Brownie Bites, fans of the winning team should celebrate with these Grand Prize Coconut Caramel Bars. They were the blue prize winner at a local baking contest, and we’ve thought of them as grand prize bars ever since. It’s not hard to imagine them outshining the competition with their toasted coconut, rich chocolate, and gooey caramel layers.
6) Grilled Calzones
Sports and grilling go together like Netflix and chilling. And the Super Bowl is no exception. Mix up dough made with '00' Pizza Flour, fire up the grill, and prepare a selection of your favorite toppings. (Reserve some of the cheese leftover from building your charcuterie board for your calzones!)
The grilled calzones have a pleasantly smoky flavor. Plus, gathering outside around the grill before kickoff is a prime opportunity to give your opponents a hard time about any losses or blunders their team racked up during the season.
7) Crunchy Parmesan Crackers
Up your cheese board game with homemade crackers. Everyone will be impressed when you mention the crackers are made from scratch. When you make your own, you can make them extra cheesy with the addition of both Parmesan cheese and Better Cheddar Powder.
8) Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you’re attending a Super Bowl gathering where there’ll be a distinct divide between fans, show them how opposing sides can come together in peace with these Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies. Regular chocolate chip cookie dough is swirled together with cocoa-enriched dough to create a unique cookie that’s better than either one on its own.
9) Savory Cheese Biscotti
Want some extra crunch with all that cheese? Then biscotti is the snack you need. While biscotti are often thought of as subtly sweet cookies ideal for dunking in coffee, they can also take a turn to the savory side. They’re fantastic additions to snack spreads because of their satisfying crunch and their easy dip-ability.
10) Sesame Scallion Hot Dog Buns
This gorgeous snackable bake takes pigs-in-a-blanket to the next level. To make this Chinese bakery staple, slices of hot dog are wrapped in a tender scallion milk bread dough, then arranged in a flower pattern. A shower of sesame seeds adds crunch. These will hands-down be the fanciest (and potentially the most delicious) hot dogs you’ll ever see at a Super Bowl party.
Storebought chocolate sandwich cookies will do in a pinch, but when you make them homemade, you can customize the color of the filling to match your team’s colors. Use food coloring (we prefer natural) to mix up the right hue and fold it into your soft, creamy sandwich filling.
For authentically dark and chocolatey cookies, be sure to use black cocoa in the dough. It’ll contrast beautifully with the filling, whether you leave it white or give it a splash of color.
12) Cheese and Onion Swirl Buns
This bake is guaranteed to turn heads when people realize these cinnamon bun look-alikes are actually filled with cheese and onions. The enriched dough is rich and buttery, while the filling boasts oozy, melty cheese. They’re best served warm: Pop them into a low oven (300°F) about 10 minutes before the halftime show and pull them out once warmed through. You’ll have satisfying finger food to enjoy during the always-entertaining performance.
13) Cheesy Pepperoni Bites
If you’re looking to serve pizza in a snackable format, these adorable little pepperoni bites are just the ticket. They pack all the flavors of pizza in one little handheld package. The Pizza Seasoning garnish, while optional, adds some heat with its chili flakes, and the blend of dried herbs adds classic Italian pizza flavor. For the biggest yum factor, don’t skip it!
14) Soft Garlic Knots
Want even more pizzeria-style snacks? We’ve got just what you need: super-soft, butter-drenched garlic knots. The secret ingredients are potato flour and pastry flour blend, which together make the softest rolls possible. (All-purpose flour can be substituted for the pastry flour blend if you’re looking for slightly chewier rolls. Unlike the final score of the game, the outcome is up to you!)
15) Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels
If there are any sports fans with special diet needs in your group, make their night by preparing a snack that’s suitable for them, too. Soft pretzels are a classic Super Bowl snack, and with our Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, you can make a gluten-free version that’s just as easy to whip up as its wheat-based counterpart. Slightly chewy and studded in pretzel salt, these will please anyone, regardless of their diet.
16) Keto-Friendly Cheesecake Bars
Watching the big game together builds community, even if fans are rooting for opposing teams. Make sure everyone at the gathering knows they’re appreciated and welcome, including those with special diet needs. For people avoiding carbs or sugar, make these Keto-Friendly Cheesecake Bars. They get their sweetness from Baking Sugar Alternative, and the base is made from low-carb Keto Wheat Flour. With this sweet, creamy treat, everyone has something to enjoy.
Tell us what snacks you'll be preparing for this year's Super Bowl viewing, in the comments below. For more party-inspired recipes, check out our collection of Big-Batch Sandwich recipes.
Cover photo (Marbled Chocolate Chip Cookies) by Danielle Sykes; styling by Kaitlin Wayne.