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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen


  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 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


  • 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 1 portion into an 8-in.-long roll. Mix melted chocolate into remaining dough. Roll chocolate dough between 2 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 and refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 24 slices 3/8 in. thick. 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 2 kisses on each cookie, pointed side down, for eyes. (Kisses will melt slightly.) Top each kiss with a chocolate chip. Cool completely.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If you're having trouble with your slice-and-bake cookies losing their shape when you cut them, try popping them into the freezer for about 45 minutes to firm up the dough.
  • We like to store logs of cookie dough in cardboard mailing tubes—it helps them stay round! A paper towel tube works as well; just cut down one side to make it flexible for large-diameter cookies.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 456 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.
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    • prodjyly15
      Jul 15, 2020

      Good one

    • KristineChayes
      Oct 12, 2019

      These Owl Cookies are so cute! My mother made these cookies for my twin sister and me to take to school for our 7th birthday; that was more than fifty years ago! The recipe was from a Pillsbury Bake-Off cookbook my mother had. I’ve since made these cookies for my own children, now grown, and still bake a batch for my Thanksgiving cookie tray. Well worth the extra effort!

    • Susie
      Oct 22, 2018

      These cookies have been a family favorite for years, I found this recipe in a very old black and white Country Cookie Cookbook. Adding sliced Hershey’s kisses to the chocolate chip eyes is a creative touch. Be sure your dough isn’t too dry before forming the shapes so they do not separate when baking. They do take time, but are always a big hit.

    • Orbs
      Nov 17, 2014

      So adorable! I just had to make these. Delicious combination of flavors.

    • Angel182009
      Sep 17, 2014

      These were fun and creative to put together. I do favor drop cookies bc of how fast they are to put together. These are time consuming but they taste great and are really festive.