Owl Cookies

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It probably comes as no surprise that I love owls. A lot. So when I saw Halloween Owl Cookies in Land O Lakes Harvest Baking Magazine… I just about lost my cotton pickin’ marbles!!

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So here is what you will need:

3/4 cup Land O Lakes Butter (of course), softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsps baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1 cup swirled chocolate baking chips

1 cup whole cashews

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Combine butter, sugar and brown sugar.

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Beat at Medium speed until creamy.

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Add egg and vanilla and continue to beat until well mixed.

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Divide dough into thirds.

Set 2/3 of dough aside.

With remaining 1/3 dough, add cocoa.

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mix well.

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Divide the chocolate dough in half and set aside.

Meanwhile, roll out each 1/3 of the regular dough into a 10 x 4 rectangle.

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Exhibit A: 10 x 4

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Roll the chocolate dough into 10 inch logs.

Quit your snickering. I know what it looks like. Don’t think about it, just keep rolling.

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Roll the dough tightly over the logs.

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Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Then cut in 1/4 inch slices.

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Place two slices next to each other (close enough that they are touching).

Pinch the corners on each side to look like ears.

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Place swirl (or white chocolate like mine) chips on the chocolate dough.

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And add a cashew beak.

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And bake for 9-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

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I also tried another way (my own way haha) of making owls… which I found to be easier and you might like it better, too. Do all the steps up to dividing the dough.

Take 1/3 of the dough and add the cocoa as directed.

Roll out the entire 2/3 of dough and cut circles with a cookie cutter… or, if you’re like me an improvise, use a 20 oz Gatorade lid. 😉 Then form a tear drop shape by pinching  a side of the circle.

*side note… if you want a “marble” look for your dough, add a few crumbles of the chocolate dough before rolling out.

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Break of a piece of chocolate dough and roll into a ball (much like you used to do with Play-Doh  when you were a kid). Then squash into a flat circle onto the waiting dough.

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Add your chips and cashews.

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I find it is a much “cleaner” looking owl…

However, if you like more of a wonky shaped owl… the other way is perfect for that.

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Owl Cookies!

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They are a hoot to make. Yeah. You knew that was coming.

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They would be great to try with a peanut butter cookie recipe… I will try that next. 😉

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Happy Harvest Baking!

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