Total TimePrep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
- 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.
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Nutrition Facts1 cookie: 456 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 340mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 3g fiber), 9g protein.
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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!
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.
Nov 17, 2014
So adorable! I just had to make these. Delicious combination of flavors.
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.