A couple of weeks ago, there was a paper heart, owl craft linked into the stART post at A Mommy's Adventures. At the time I commented, I thought it would make a cute cookie pattern. But, of course, when it actually came to making owl treats for the kids, I couldn't remember where I'd seen it, and couldn't find another heart owl, quite like it.
So, yesterday, when I came across the craft again, at Live, Learn, Love - I decided not to waste any time, in making the cookies.
I used the same sugar cookie/cocoa dough combination I used for our symmetrical cookies. If I was making these in the fall, I think I would add a tablespoon of maple syrup to the vanilla dough, just to give it the taste of the season. But, since this is summer, I left it vanilla. I did pinch off a quarter of the vanilla dough, to add yellow food coloring to though, for beaks and claws.
I had to modify the original design just a bit, because I didn't have a small enough heart cutter, to make the beaks look right. I used a heart cookie cutter that is about 3.5'' across for the body, and one that is 1.5'' across for the rest of the hearts.
Then, I hand formed the triangle beak...
...and circle eyes...
All the pieces baked together, nicely (again 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes), without the need for frosting "glue".
Looking at them now, I think I could have gone one size bigger with the hearts for the faces. They almost look like little heart buzzards, instead of owls. Either way, I think the kids will get a kick out of them, for snack, today. But, be sure to check out the paper heart owls, these are based on - they are very cute.
It's great to be a homeschooler.