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OWL COOKIES/ Baby on Board Soon



These owl cookies were made for a special occasion, a baby shower. These were for the daughter-in-law of a friend and I wanted to make an amazing cookie. She requested that I draw upon the theme of the invitation which had images of deer, owls and hedgehogs in autumn colors of red, green, yellow and brown. This was going to be a challenge as I had never decorated an animal cookie or a cookie with a face.

The owl cutter is fairly narrow and requires lots of detail. I wish someone would make a chubby owl cutter!  I made test cookies and contemplated how to decorate this cookie, whether to use a contrasting color for the wings, how to create the feathered look and most importantly, to make sure it resembled an owl when completed. I decided to decorate each cookie in one color using the invitation colors with brown as the accent color. To add interest, I came up with a second design to decorate the back of the owl so there would be two cookies in each favor bag.

Fast forward to 80 cookies baked, decorated, wrapped in cellophane bags and ribbons. I delivered them on the morning of the shower to the soon-to-be grandmother who was delighted with the cookies. Phew!!

BEST WISHES TO HEATHER, ERIC AND BABY MASON WHOSE ARRIVAL IS EXPECTED NEXT MONTH.



Owl Cookies
Owl Shortbread Cookies
Red Owls: Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super Red and AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Green Owls: Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Avocado and AmeriColor Leaf Green
Yellow Owls: Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with Wilton Gold and AmeriColor Egg Yellow
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Brown with AmeriColor Chocolate Brown
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for detail tinted Black with AmeriColor Super Black
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tips #2, #3, #5
Toothpicks
Front of Red Owl Cookie

Outline cookie with #2 tip in red icing.

Flood cookie with red icing.

Pipe dots with brown icing on body of owl. Let sit 30 minutes.

Pipe two large dots for eyes with #5 tip in cream icing. 
Pipe small dots with brown icing on eyes. Let sit 15 minutes.

Outline body of owl including wings with #2 tip in red icing.

Pipe beak and feet with #3 tip in black icing.

Back of Green Owl Cookie

Outline cookie with #2 tip in green icing. Flood cookie with green icing.

Pipe three lines with brown icing on back of owl. Pull with toothpick to create design.

Let dry overnight.




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28 comments:

  1. Hi Joan! These owl cookies are just beautiful! I absolutely love these kinds of favors for showers and I'm sure that everyone loved them so much! Thank you so much for joining the GYB party today and it's wonderful to meet you. Look forward to following and getting to know you. Have a happy Thursday!

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    1. Cindy, Thank you and nice to meet you too! The GYB parties are a great way to make new blogging buddies. I'm looking forward to touring your blog today.

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  2. Good Morning and Happy Thursday. Nice to meet you through todays Linky Party. And thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm always humbled by you talented people who can decorate cookies! These little owls are adorable. Such good instructions here, I'm tempted to give this a try. :)

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    1. Lea Ann, Give it a try sometime and you may get bitten by the cookie decorating bug! Your recipes look fabulous!

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  3. Morning Joan! Thanks for linking up for the GYB hop today. I'm really loving cohosting. These cookies are too cute!

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    1. Hi Jen, It's nice to meet you and thank you for dropping by. The GYB parties are always fun. I visited your blog and I love the title. I'm sure you'll never have a boring moment with two young sons...what a beautiful family!

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  4. Joan,

    I love these owls! The back feathers are beautiful! Way to go! What a great baby shower favor.

    xo,

    Jess

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    1. Jess, Thank you! What I like about the feathers is even when I pipe crooked lines, (as in the photo above), it still turns out, thanks to my special tool...the toothpick!

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  5. That's a large order to fill and you did a great job. Love that you decorated the back of the owls as well.

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    1. Hi Paula, Thank you! I think this cookie was the most detailed I've ever done. The order took many hours over a few days but was a lot of fun. I can tell you that my husband was not eating gourmet meals last week!

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  6. Popping over from the GYB party. These cookies are so cute! What a great shower treat. Pinning! :)

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    1. Hi Claire, Thanks for dropping by and it's nice to meet you. I'm on my way over to your blog. Thanks too for pinning. Have a great Thursday!

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  7. These are amazing! Love that they have a back!

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    1. Hi Mam, Thank you! A cookie for the back of the owl was not in the original plan. I decided one cookie was not going to be sufficient for the favors so I came up with this idea in the shower, of all places!

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  8. People love owls, Joan. This may be your most popular cookie yet!! Very clever to decorate the back!

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    1. Thanks Connie! So you're saying there may be more owls in my future?!

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  9. Great looking cookies!!!

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  10. What a HOOT!
    Love owls, and these cookies are adorable.
    The attendees at the shower were very lucky!

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    1. Thank you! Owls are a popular theme these days at baby showers. Who knew!

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  11. Joan,
    Wow! You are so talented. Great job. They look too good to eat! Will be following you for sure.
    Kathy @ Melding Magic

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    1. Kathy, Thanks so much for stopping by and the follow too! Those pepper sausage grinders on your blog look delicious! My husband and I too enjoy leftovers.

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  12. H Joan!
    These cookies are super cute! What an excellent idea for use at a baby shower!

    Following along via G+ and Pinterest. Hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. Julie, Thank you and I'm glad you dropped in. I appreciate the follows and look forward to viewing fab recipes on your blog.

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  13. Heather Hanks9/04/2013 12:45 PM

    Joan, I absolutely loved these cookies! They were adorable and delicious! My niece and nephews came by after the shower and snatched up a few extra cookies to bring home because they enjoyed them so much. I love to bake cookies, but know how much time/effort goes into the details. I can only imagine how long this must have taken for all those cookies. They were amazing. Thanks again!

    -Heather

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    1. Heather, Thank you and I am very glad you liked the cookies. Rebecca wanted to do something extra special for your baby shower and I was pleased to make these favors for your big day.

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  14. Oh wow, these are so CUTE! I can't believe you had the patience to make all those beautiful owls. Very impressive!

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    1. Andi, Thank you. Cookie decorating takes time and these cookies were fun to decorate. Thanks for your visit.

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