Delicious egg free nutty, simple owl cookies with almond meal, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extarct. Great for Halloween dinner party.
Halloween is next week, and my kiddos are very excited about it. This year their demands are high, and they want particular costumes. My daughter selected the costumes for herself and her brother. The little guy is okay with that. Until this year I would dress up both of them with some Indian dresses and clothes I bought during my India trip.
I can’t do that anymore. They have become choosy now; also want to go for trick treat. I told them they can go around the neighborhood but no more than that. Every Halloween I try to make some goodies also. This time I made these Owl cookies.
Actually I was planning to make a rat made with fig, however when I went shopping I found only green figs not the ripe bulky ones. If I made the rat with one in the store you may think that rat is coming from a drought zone with no flesh in it.
So skipped the idea of making rat, then the next thing that came to my mind was a spider cupcakes, but afraid of the all the frosting going into it.
My daughter will eat all the frosting with the cake ending up in the garbage. But my son is a genius; he will eat from the bottom when he reaches the frosting his tummy will be full so frosting is going to garbage. No more spider cupcakes in the list
I got this recipe from a magazine in my kids’ swimming school. While they are swimming, I will flip through the magazines and if I find something interesting, I will ask the girls in the front desk to copy it for me. They are very nice; they will do that for me.
I like this recipe because it is a short bread cookie one with no eggs and frosting and only almond meal in it. Recipe called for M&M’S and I bought it from Wal-Mart but they turned out to be too big for the eyes of the Owl.
When I tried to bake with them, eyes are falling off while baking. So used Skittles instead, and that turned out to perfect. I used the recipe, however changed the entire procedure.
You can make these delicious owl cookies with flour, butter, almond meal and sugar. You don’t need any special device to make only a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter.
Cookies are nutty buttery melt in mouth and looks cute, but you need a little practice in cutting the wings, if you cut too deep then it became pieces and if you shallow cut them it will disappear while baking, still I need to improve on that part. My daughter was excited to stick skittles as eyes and halved almond as beak.
Give it a try you will love it. Here comes the recipe. I have one more Halloween themed recipe is coming in next week.
First pulse the almond with powdered sugar
Almond meal with flour , sugar and salt
Softened butter with Vanilla extract
Beat the butter and powdered sugar and flour mix
Form the dough into disc like this
Spread it into thin circle like this
Using 2 ½ inch cookies cutter cut of the rounds and places it in baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Using the same cookie cutter make two cut in the round from two sides
Place 1/8 teaspoon of dough on each sides for eyes. You can use ¼ teaspoon dough on each side if you want big eyes.
Use fork to make wings and place the Brown M &M for eyes and almond for beak.
Bake in pre-heated oven at 350F for 15 minutes.
- ½ cup/80g Whole meal almond meal
- 8 almonds halved into two for beaks
- ½ cup/67g Confectioner’s sugar powdered sugar
- 1 ½ cup /187.5 g all purpose flour/Maida
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon almond extract
- ¾ cup/ 1 ½ sticks/165g butter Slightly softened at room temperature
- 16 brown M&Ms / Skittles for eyes
- In a food processor or grinder add ½ cup whole almond and 1 tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar and grind them into fine powder.
- Adding sugar while grinding the almond will prevent it becomes almond butter soon.
- In a medium bowl add sugar, flour, salt and almond meal and mix well and set aside.
- In a kitchen aid mixer attached with paddle attachment, add butter and vanilla and almond extract and beat well so that it gets combined well.
- To this add the flour almond mixture and just combine to form dough.
- Divide the dough it into two flat discs and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. I did overnight refrigeration.
- When you ready to 20 minutes before baking remove one disc of dough from refrigerator, preheat oven to 350F.
- In a lightly floured parchment paper spread the dough into ¼ inch thick round
- Using 2 ½ inch cookies cutter cut of the rounds and places it in baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Using the same cookie cutter make two cut in the round from two sides
- . Which will makes wings of the owls. Make sure to cut deep at the same time not to cut completely. I need to improve that part little more.
- Place 1/8 teaspoon of dough on each sides for eyes. You can use ¼ teaspoon dough on each side if you want big eyes.
- Place halved almond in the center for beak.
- Slightly press in brown skittle/ M&M on the dough for eyes.
- Using fork make impression at the bottom part of the cookie to make wing.
- Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes or until sides become golden brown.
- If the dough becomes soft refrigerate another hour until it become easy to handle.
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This is Swathi ( Ambujom Saraswathy) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.