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Owl Cookies

 Owl Cookies
I came up with these cookies as a treat for my kids class parties. Not only do they look cute but they are also delicious.—Starrlette Howard, Ogden, Utah
12 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 12 whole cashews
  • 24 striped chocolate kisses, unwrapped
  • 24 semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar until
  • blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, mix flour, oats,
  • baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  • If necessary, cover and refrigerate dough 1 hour or until firm enough
  • to shape. Divide dough in half; shape one portion into an 8-in.-long
  • roll. Mix melted chocolate into remaining dough. Roll chocolate
  • dough between two sheets of waxed paper into an 8-in. square. Place
  • plain roll on chocolate dough. Wrap chocolate dough around plain
  • dough, pinching together at the seam to seal. Wrap in plastic wrap;
  • refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.

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Owl Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 24
  • slices (3/8 inch). To make owls, place two slices side by side on an
  • ungreased baking sheet; pinch the top of each slice for ears. Place
  • a cashew between slices for a beak. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 5 minutes before
  • removing to wire racks. While cookies are warm, place two kisses on
  • each cookie, pointed side down, for eyes. (Kisses will melt
  • slightly.) Top each kiss with a chocolate chip. Cool completely.
  • Yield: 1 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie (calculated without decorations) equals 380 calories, 23 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 43 mg cholesterol, 332 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein.