Owl Cookies



I’ve got problems with my house.

I mean, it could be worse. We’re thankful to have plumbing, electricity, a working oven, a toilet… you know, the necessities. What we don’t have? A catalog house.

I’m constantly trying to spruce up our living quarters with catalog-y stuff, but to no avail. My family perpetually rejects the catalog house look in favor of strewn shoes, scattered remotes, and dirty dishes. (Fun fact: catalog houses NEVER have dishes.)

I dream of a tray perched askew on our ottoman with stacks of classic literature or architecture books sitting on top of it. I imagine sitting on fluffed-pillow couches with effortlessly tossed throw blankets. Mantles decorated for the seasons with candles and pretty vases of flowers. Kitchens with… screw it, I just want a kitchen with no friggin’ dishes.

Is that so much to ask?!

Instead, my decorative purchases wind up sitting next to empty Pepsi cans or going unappreciated by my non-catalogy family. Sometimes, I’ll feel bad and adopt them into my room. Such is the case with my growing owl collection.

So I have a thing for owls. It could be a worse addiction.

I have several owl vases, a miniature owl statue, an owl salt & pepper shaker, and some owl plates. I’m obsessed. They’re so cute! And smart. And after seeing The Royal Tenenbaums, I kinda sorta want one. Okay, so that was a falcon, but whatever. I want my own Mordecai, dangit.

With fall/Halloween approaching, I decided I’d make a batch of these super cute Owl Cookies. The idea isn’t new; in fact, many have made these cuties into cupcakes, which I love! But I wanted to switch it up a bit by turning these cutie little hoots into cookies.

The result? Almost too cute to eat. But only almost.

Owl Cookies

1 box German chocolate cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 can chocolate frosting
Oreo cookies–cream sides only
Brown M&M’s
Candy corn
Brown Tootsie rolls

1. First, bake your cookies. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease two cookie sheets. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs and oil. Drop by heaping Tablespoonfuls onto the prepared sheets and bake approx. 8-10 minutes or until done. Cool completely.
2. To assemble: Smear a generous Tablespoon of frosting onto each cooled cookie. Take two cream-sided Oreos and place them onto the frosted cookies as eyes. Dot some frosting onto the printed side of the M&M candy and attach the “eyes” to the Oreo cookies.
3. Next, unwrap the Tootsie Rolls. Using the palm of your hand, roll the Tootsie Roll out into a flat rectangle. Using a small paring knife, carefully cut triangles out of the roll to make ears. Attach the ears with a dab of frosting on top of the cookies, just above the eyes. Lastly, attach a candy corn for the beak.
4. These are best served the same day, but feel free to store them in a single layer, airtight at room temp, up to 1 day.

I love their cute little faces! I think these cookies would be perfect for a fall or Halloween-themed school party for your child’s class or for work. Plus, based on how easy they are, it’d also be a fun activity for you and your kids to assemble together.


xo, Hayley

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  1. Adorable & my daughter would LOVE them!

  2. Sigh, I gave up on the catalogue look years ago, when I realized kids destroy EVERYTHING!! I’m sure you don’t remember this, but I’ve loved Owls ever since I watched Clash of the Titans as a kid (yes, I’m old). Of course that was a mechanical Owl, but still. Now, I think I just want these owl cookies instead!! I would’t eat them, I’d just stare at their cuteness! I gravitate towards pigs. Not sure what that says about me.

  3. cutest cookies ever?!

  4. How stinkin cute are these!!!! Thanks 🙂

    • Sending these to school this morn with my 9 year old, they were so easy. I put them little bags with ribbon……they are his hoot hoot who-ray, it’s Friday treats. After looking at your blog he wants to know what we are making next week, so………..:)

  5. eeeiiiiikkkk! I love the cute little owls! Almost too cute to eat…almost;-) Catelog houses don’t work so well with kids either. Maybe one day we will both have one…but for now…how about you send me some owl cookie love…so I can taste test them ya know:-)

  6. I have a pile of dishes in my kitchen right now, but I’d rather be reading about Owl Cookies! 🙂

  7. These are completely adorable! We are no longer allowed to call it a Halloween party…don’t get me started…but I’ve volunteered to plan the “Harvest Party” and these will be on the menu! Thanks for another great sweet treat Hayley! From one owl lover to another – this will now be pinned on my owl themed Pinterest board 🙂

    • Ugh, yeah I figured that, so I put in “fall” party haha. I remember in school, it was Halloween parties, Easter, Christmas and the whole shebang. Well, enjoy these at your HARVEST party, Sarah! 🙂

  8. These are too cute, Hayley!!

  9. These are really cute! I love the picture explaining what all the different candies are. On a different note… lets go in on a maid service together!!! I have the same problem as you!

  10. OMG I’m DYING. Those are so freakin cute Hayley!!! I love your little pumpkin pie faces and now these… you are in the halloween sprit! PS: I’m literally addicted to candy corn.

  11. AHHHH I LOVE HOW CUTE THESE ARE!!! omg, i want to make these on cupcakes or something!! i can’t stop squealing over the cuteness of this! haha

  12. EEK! Okay, I’ve seen these as cupcakes before, but I love them as cookies EVEN MORE. So freakin’ cute! And my house isn’t a catalog house, either. Unless you count the fact that I have stacks of Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel catalogs all over my living room. Sigh.

  13. These are adorable Hayley! ANd what a fun idea to make with kids! I’m sure my nieces and nephews would be all over these cookies!

  14. These are so cute!!! Love them!

  15. These guys are way to freakin’ cute. LOVE them! And let’s leave our families and move in together where we can shop at Pottery Barn and Z Gallerie to furnish our spotless, catalogue-worthy, dish free house because MINE IS NEVER LIKE THAT and I really really want it to be.

  16. I try everyday to have that perfect house. But my family sounds like yours – they just don’t want it to happen I guess. Sigh.
    These just might be the cutest cookies ever created! I love the little ears! Simply adorable andI bet they are pretty tasty too 🙂

  17. These are so cute! And look delicious


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