Thursday, September 23, 2010

Whooo-ray for Fall!

My Gooseberry Patch calendar proclaims today to be the "First Day of Autumn, " so I'm taking them at their word. Happy (official) Fall! I clipped this recipe for "Night Owl Cookies" out of a magazine a few years back, and decided to finally get around to making them. These owls remind me of fall and bring Halloween to mind, which is just around the corner!  It's a recipe courtesy of m&m's.  Aren't they cute?  They are pretty simple to put together too, as you shall see...
This photo shows what the "log" will look like(Step 2.) and how you place the cookie dough slices on the baking sheet to look like owls(Step 3.).

Night Owl Cookies (My adaptations are at the end of the recipe.)
  • Prep Time: 25 min.
  • Bake Time: 11 min.
  • Refrigeration Time: 30 min.
  • Decoration Time: 15 min.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Yield: Makes 20 owl cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 roll (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 20 whole cashews
  • ¼ cup chocolate frosting
  • ½ cup M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
  • 2 cookie sheet pans
  • Plastic wrap paper
  • Resealable plastic bag

Directions

  • 1. Divide the sugar cookie dough in three pieces. Knead the flour into one piece of cookie dough until smooth, set aside. Combine the remaining two pieces of cookie dough and knead in the cocoa powder until smooth, set aside.
  • 2. Roll the lighter colored cookie dough into a 1-inch round log about 10 inches long, and move it off to the side. Roll out the chocolate cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10 x 4-inch rectangle. Place the light colored log of cookie dough on top of the chocolate rectangle. Wrap the chocolate cookie dough completely around the lighter colored log. Pinch edges to seal and roll the log smooth. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • 3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the cookie log into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 slices, side by side, on sheet pans. Press a cashew into cookie at the point the slices touch. Repeat with remaining cookie slices. Bake for approximately 8-11 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 4. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a resealable bag and snip a small corner from bag. Using the photograph as guide, pipe eyelashes and a dot to secure candies. Add the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies for eyes. 
  •  My adaptations: I actually used Reese's peanut butter pieces for the eyes because I couldn't find the fall colored m&m's the day I was at the market.  I also made it easy on myself and used store-bought chocolate and vanilla frosting:)and used a Wilton #2 tip for the chocolate "eyelashes" and a Wilton #3 tip for the white frosting to secure the eyes. I used disposable frosting bags for both icings.
 These owls were a lot of fun to make and I'm really happy with the results! Tasty too!
Whooo wants a cookie?

Join me and my owls at Tidy Mom's Lovin' it Fridays

I have this linked to Alicia's(A Beautiful Mess) "Tasty Tuesdays."  

37 comments:

  1. Oh m y goodness those are the cutest and they look so yummy.

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  2. Owls are making it big in the U.K. Everywhere you look theres's something: a necklace, a cushion and so on. These owl cookies are fantastic, thank goodness that you clipped the recipe to share. Thank you so much. I will be making these for family and freinds, just need an excuse now.

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  3. Whooo wouldn't love to have one of these as a treat? Darling cookies! The final touches are what make it so cute, and that's what your artistic hand does better than the average baker. I would love to make these for some event this fall. Thanks for the idea and great instructions.

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  4. Adorable! I love the little cashew beak. :)

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  5. These are adorable! What a fun idea and so well executed!

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  6. These are just too cute for words. I love them!

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  7. Whoooo whould have thought how cute they could be? My kids would love these! Joni

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  8. They turned out so cute, Mom! I love them!!

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  9. Sue, those are absolutely adorable! What a cute idea!!!

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  10. Love these! I posted a link on edible crafts (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com). Love fall! Wish the temperature would come down to meet it.

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  11. ps. oops, that was me above, I was signed in on edible crafts.

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  12. So stinkin' cute!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  13. I can't wait to try these cookies with my little munchin!

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  14. They are so cute???Did you use the store bought cookie dough...glad to follow your blog...

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  15. What a fun idea--those owl cookies are great!

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  16. Whoooo wants a cookie, eye do, eye do! Those are just about the cutest cookies ever and I want one for my display shelf! Thanks for your visit and I'm so glad to find you back. Enjoy the broncos tomorrow!

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  17. What a cool technique! Great job! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

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  18. Thank you so much for stopping by the giveaway and introducing yourself! I totally love your blog and have just put it in my reader. These owls are the cutest thing ever!

    I will be back!

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  19. Those are so cute. It's almost a shame to eat them but I'm sure I could do it. Yummmm! So creative.
    April @ HomeHinges.com

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  20. Sue, I made these cookies years ago but yours are so much cuter. The eylashes make the cookie! I love the taste as much as the look of them I might have to make some soon.

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  21. So cute and wonderful! I love the idea. Kids must totally love these. Great job! :) Petra

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  22. GOSH! Sue, you are an artist! These look super!

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  23. I love those cookies! My kids are probably too old for them by now, but who cares! They are so cute!

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  24. K those are darling....I just may have to attempt to make them!

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  25. I love this post! they are way too cute :)

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  26. LOVE these sweet little owls...they're almost too cute to eat! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  27. These look a little tricky, but love them. SOOO cute!! you have the best ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  28. Just wanted to let you know I gave you an award over at
    www.heapology.blogspot.com

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  29. I've made some hoot owl cookies last year but I think I'll copy yours this year. Yours have more detail the eyes and I love it!!

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  30. love the owls! Great job! www.everythinggal.com

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  31. M2 Does!! He is obsessed with owls due to "The Guardians of Ga'Hoole" These are absolutely adorable :)

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