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Owl Eyes Cookies Recipe

Owl Eyes Cookies Recipe

These cookies are a real hoot, and they taste as good as they look. Each fall, it was a tradition for my Grandma to bake batches of Owl Cookies. The sweets were so tasty that we'd beg her to make them before the leaves had even begun turning. —Liz Clemons, Sumter, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:18 servings


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Orange and yellow M&M's
  • Whole cashews


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, cream brown sugar and butter. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture.
  • 2. Remove two-thirds of the dough; roll into an 8-in. square on waxed paper and set aside. Combine chocolate and baking soda until thoroughly blended beat into remaining dough. Shape into an 8-in. long roll; place on edge of white dough. Wrap white dough around roll and pinch seam together. Wrap in waxed paper; chill for at least 2 hours.
  • 3. Cut into 1/4-in. slices. To form owl's face, place two slices side by side on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pinch dough at the top of the circles to form ears. Place M&M's in the center of each circle for eyes. Place a cashew in the center of the face for the beak. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 210 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 196mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 20, 2017

"I have been making these adorable and tasty cookies for years! In fact, my mother made these for my twin sister's and my classes when we were in grammar school in the early 1960's! She got the recipe from a Pillsbury bake-Off cookbook. I've made them for my own children, now grown. I always bake these owl cookies this time of year, it's a tradition :)"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"I bake the cookies on the last halloween and it taste very good. I bake 2 style of Owl, the firts like the recipe and the secon one with the white inside the brown plus chocolate chip in the middle of the white. The kids find them cute and tasty. I will bake them again this week i think!"

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