You know what? I want more owls =) Unfortunately I have one big problem: I could not get my hands on an owl cookie cutter. Was that going to stop me? Not a chance. Give me an egg cookie cutter, a heart cookie cutter and I give you owls! Here is how to make them:
- 12 tbsp butter (1½ sticks)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2½ cups flour
- One 2lb bag of confectioner sugar
- ⅓ cup meringue powder
- ¾ cup water
- food coloring
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and any flavorings and mix on medium speed to incorporate.
- Add the flour and mix on low speed until the dough comes together.
- Cut and bake the cookies at 350°F for 10 minutes.
- To make royal icing, place confectioner sugar, meringue powder and water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on low speed for 1 minute then increase to high speed and mix for 8 minutes. Split the icing in small bowls and add colors.
For our cookie dough, we are using our trusted Basic Sugar Cookie recipe (follow the link). Here is how to shape the cookies.
First, cut out some egg shapes:
Then, using a heart cookie cutter or any round cutter you have on hand, cut a piece off the top of each cookie:
Tadaaa! Owls!!! Bake for 10 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown:
Now let’s decorate these tiny owls. Here is a link to our trusted Royal Icing recipe (click link to follow).
First, pipe the base layer:
Then the eyes:
Now have fun with the other details. OK, for this project I went a little nuts and made royal icing in a bunch of colors. Don’t judge me. I just wanted to have options =) Here is what my dining table looked like around 11pm last night:
The more you play with colors and shapes, the more you’ll come up with new ideas. See the light brown cookie with dark brown tips? Wouldn’t that make a cute fox? OK, file that under future projects.
Anywho, here is what the finished cookies look like: