Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Owl Cookies

I've been married for a little over 7 years now.  And you know how after you get married your husband tells you that you need to learn how to cook all his Mom's recipes?  Well, that's what this recipe is!  And truthfully, Ryan's mom is a GREAT cook so I didn't complain--too much ;)  

Ryan's Mom made this with him and his brothers and sisters when they were kids, and we have continued on with the tradition in our family.  Owl Cookies are a great treat the kiddos can help you make and they turn out so darn cute!  Every October our family gets the itch to make these, and I pull out the recipe and try to remember how:)  Last night was that night--and even though I added too much flour--made them a little crumbly:), they turned out as cute as they always do and tasted just as we all remembered!  We have so much fun making these every year, I figured I'd hand out the recipe so you and your kiddos can make them together too!  Here ya go!

2 1/2 c. flour              1 t. vanilla                  
                              1/2 t. salt                   1 1/2 sq. sweet baking chocolate
          2 t. baking powder      1/4 t. baking soda
     3/4 c. margarine         Chocolate chips
1 c. brown sugar          Candy Corn                                                                 
                                                          1 egg

Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl.  Cream margarine, sugar, egg and vanilla in a mixing bowl.  Add dry ingredients; mix well.  Divide dough into thirds.  Cover and refrigerate two-thirds.  Melt chocolate in a small bowl in microwave.  (Can substitute chocolate chips for the baking chocolate.)  Mix 1/3 of dough with the chocolate and the soda.  knead until color is even.  Divide dough in half and roll each into a 10 inch long roll.  Roll out the refrigerated dough into 2 rectangles of 10x4 1/2 inches.  Place dark roll onto the rectangle and roll it around it and seal with your fingers.  Repeat with other half.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.  Slice rolls into 1/4 inch slices and place 2 side by side on the cookie sheet.  Pinch the corners on each upper side for the ears.  Put a chocolate chip in the middle of each eye.  Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes.  Take out and place a candy corn in the center for the beak.  Then bake one more minute.

See, aren't they darling?

Don't you love the fall?  It does get me cooking more:)  My daughter HAD to bring some to her teacher today--so these make cute BOO treats or teacher treats:) If any of you have some fun fall recipes you'd like to share--email us!  We'd love to have them too!
xoxo, B