Wise Old Owl Cookies

Normally, I am a pretty positive person.  Maybe even infuriatingly positive.  You know, the person that when your leg falls off says, “No biggie, at least you have another one.”

But every once in a while even I get in a funk.  In my house we just say I’m having an “I hate everything” day.  I had one recently.  It kinda went like this…I hate my hair.  I hate my body.  I hate mean internet trolls. I hate booster shots.  I hate school registration.  I hate cleaning my house.  I hate the sun.  I hate the heat.  I hate tax-free weekend.  I hate sore teeth.  I hate diets.  I hate couch to 5K.  And most of all I hated these cookies.

I know that they’re fine, but when I set out to make them I envisioned cute and innovative.  Instead I got literal and predictable.  On my “I hate everything day” I would’ve been happy to have chunked them into the trash.  A day or so later, I’m still not loving them, but I thought I would toss them out there so maybe someone else could take a stab at a cutesy version.

I used the same fish cutter that I used for these Lorax cookies for my wise old owls.  You can get the set HERE.

To make these you will need:

  • Brown outline and flood icing
  • Blue outline and flood icing
  • Black, white, and ivory 20-second icing
  • Stiff ivory piping icing and a #101 tip
  • Yellow piping icing

Begin by outlining the cookie as pictured below.  It’s a bit easier if you start with the wings.

Next fill in the outlined spaces leaving the tummy area open.

Let that dry, then add the base of the eyes.  It worked best for me to add two dots of ivory 20-second icing and coax them together using a toothpick.

Let the ivory icing dry, then add a dot of white and then black to finish up the eyes.  Finally use yellow piping icing to add a beak and toes.

To finish up, use stiff white icing to add ruffly tummy feathers {Ali-Bee’s Bake Shop has a great ruffle tutorial here} and a #1.5 to add the rest of the details.

Like I said…not exactly what I had in mind, but they’ll work til I get my attitude right?  Right?

In the meantime, I’ll focus on the positive. My hair isn’t that bad.  Bodies can be fixed.  There are more nice people on the Internet than mean. Booster shots beat polio and whooping cough by a long shot.  I am thankful my kids go to a good school.  I am glad I live in a nice roomy house, even if it’s hard to dust.  The sun is not so bad, and when it is, I have AC.  Tax free weekend is just like any other weekend at the mall.  Sore teeth will pay off in the long run.  Diets suck, but at least I’ve never gone hungry .  And I am so thankful to be able bodied enough to do couch to 5K, even if I almost die every time.  And these cookies, not what I had in mind, but definitely not AWFUL.

Hope everyone is having a good, positive week!


If you like owl cookies be sure to check out these adorable ideas:

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  1. 71
    Jenn says:

    I think they are cute! And the original and cutesy could come in just by using different colors. You know how the cute owl bedding and fabric tends to have the owls in pink and orange and turquoise?

  2. 72
    Tamara Jones says:

    First of, these owls are friggin’ adorable!

    Secondly, I have days where I hate everything, too, but there’s something that’s helped me a little so I thought I’d share.

    You are beautiful. Even if you’re in the middle of a fitness journey, even if you have goals for how you want to look and feel, don’t forget that you are beautiful now. Look in that mirror, embrace all of yoursef – even the bits you’d like to change – and know that what you see is yours, and uniquely part of you, and absolutely drop-dead gorgeous.

    … I hope that helps a bit :)

  3. 73
    Ainscia says:

    These are soooo adorable… I fancy them cute I wish i new how to b a ke cookies or decorate them soo nicely …What kind of icing is that on them, home made or stroe boguth or what I am so cookie dumb!

  4. 74
    Debra says:

    Perfectly adorable and for back to school treats. :D

  5. 75

    I think you must have cookie dysmorphia disorder. Those are the most obnoxiously adorable magazine perfect cookies I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Pretty much every baking thing I’ve ever done pales in comparison to them. If I made those I would be walking around with them, showing strangers and saying things like, “Hey, check out my owl cookie. Yeah. I made that. Oh, no, it wasn’t hard, cause I have super mad cookie skillz.”

    But seriously, those are fab. My kids would freak out if I ever did anything that cool for them.

  6. 76
    Lety Heath says:

    Adoro tu trabajo, es una gran fuente de inspiración


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