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Halloween Owl Cookies


Halloween is approaching fast. I know I sound like a broken record when I tell you that I don’t like the holiday but it’s the truth. I can totally do without it. My friends won’t let me though. They have invited us to a cocktails and costumes party on Saturday. Costumes are mandatory. Oy! Thank goodness for the cocktails.


I made cookies to take to the party and I’m sharing these simple Halloween owl cookies with you today.

To make the cookies you will need:

  • orange piping and flood icing
  • black piping and flood icing
  • yellow flood icing
  • black candy beads
  • black sanding sugar

Begin by using the wide end of a piping tip (I used a tip # 12) to mark the eyes on your cookies before you bake them. I made mine a little too deep. You don’t have to press too hard. This is what the baked cookies will look like.


Next, outline the eyes and wings with orange piping icing. Then, outline the body with black piping icing. Allow the outlines to dry for a few minutes before continuing.


Flood the wings with orange flood icing and immediately make dots with the black flood icing. Then, fill the eyes with orange flood icing, immediately make a dot with yellow flood icing and then drop the black candy beads in. Allow the cookies to dry before continuing.


Finally, fill the body with black flood icing being careful not to fill too heavily. Then, sprinkle with black sanding sugar.


Allow the cookies to dry and then brush off any excess sugar. Finish the cookies by adding a beak with orange piping icing.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you’ll give these a try this Halloween.

The cutter I used was purchased at Plastics in Print.

You can learn more about the wet on wet technique here.

Hope you’re having a great week. It’s Hump Day!!!

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  1. WHAT?! You don’t like Halloween?! It comes in second to Christmas for me…and even then it is a close second!! The perfect cookie decorating holiday…so many cute ideas out there!

    For someone who doesn’t like it, you certainly rocked some CUTE cookies. Your owls are so stinkin’ cute, everyone at the party is going to love them!

    • Thanks Terri! Halloween is growing on me as far as the cookie decorating side but dressing up in costumes is not for me. I don’t like that part.

  2. How very cute! I am not a huge fan of Halloween either….well….I like cute and bright and fun Halloween….I will pass on the scary and dark Halloween. These cookies fall into the CUTE HALLOWEEN category, so I love them!
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  3. These are so adorable! How can you eat them when you’re done?
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    • Thanks Dani! It’s funny because I hear that a lot but I don’t have a problem eating them. I just see them as cookies plus I love food. Lol

  4. Oh, I’m so Halloween obsessed – I LOVE it so much! These cookies are perfectly sweet and awesome 馃檪
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    • Thanks Jennifer! It’s growing on me as far as decorating cookies but I don’t think I’ll ever get into dressing up or decorating the house with Halloween stuff.

  5. Cutest cookies e.v.e.r!!! I only love Halloween for all the cuteness and craftiness of it all. Not for the blood and gore…so not me. You are such a perfectionist…I love it!
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  6. These are sooooooooooooo CUTE !!
    Fantastic cookies, and I think you’re very talented 馃檪
    (BTW – we don’t celebrate Halloween, but I just looooooo seeing all these wonderful treats)
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  7. Hi Melissa! I’m new here. I’ve somehow ended up at your blog via paper crafting blogs. LOL Your cookies are fabulous and adorable. I loved Halloween as a child, because dressing up meant I got to be someone other than my self. I loved the magic and make believe of it all. As an adult, I was asked to dress up at my places of employment and I kindly obliged, again getting to be someone else. I have been a modest mermaid, that was one of my best home-made costumes, really a dress from a rectangle of fabric with a tail and felt scales sewn on. I’ve been Smurfette, my talented sister in law sewed that one. I’ve been, a Jeanie like Barbara Eden, but a modest version. I’d found a woman’s leisure jump suit that said Sears and Roebuck on the tag, at a second hand shop and cut the legs open, added a sheer skirt and veil to my very long wig. I Loved making costumes for my children, the M & M’s were the best, when they were 4-5 and 1-2 yrs. old. About 10 years ago my teen son had this large afro wig in black, I paired it with my pre-teen daughter’s witches hat and dressed up to greet trick or treaters. That was a hoot. So, just have fun with it. Be someone you’d like to be. OMgosh, you should go as a cookie!! And it could be any shape you want. I hope to get into this cookie making, I have always admired the ones with the royal icing. Basically, bakery cookies. It’s so cool that it’s a craft now!

    • Thanks Paulette! I dressed up as a child and somewhere along the line I started hating Halloween and begged my mom not to go. I think it was because some of my neighbors were creeps. I’m going to the party with my apron on and I’m going to be a Stepford Wife. LOL

  8. What adorable cookies! I love the subtle orange royal frosting with the black. It’s a nice change of pace from the bright orange. The sanding sugar also makes the owls sparkle, and in my house we’re big fans of anything that sparkles!
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  9. These are so cute Melissa! I hope you had fun at the halloween party. What did you dress up as? Thanks for sharing your cute owl cookies!
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    • Thanks Cristin. The party is actually this Saturday and I’m going as a Stepford Wife. I’m going to wear an apron with my outfit and put on some pearls.

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  11. Where did u get that cookie cutter?? It’s so cute!!

  12. These are beyond adorable. And not just for Halloween!
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  13. I love these Melissa! The sanding sugar really makes these owls have a feathery look to them! On another note, I’m heading out for cocktails in costumes this Saturday as well. I’m looking forward to the cocktails, but in costume? Not so much. 馃槢

  14. Totally, totally adorable!! Great step-by-step photos too.
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  15. Fantastic! Love these a lot . Going to make them for sure!
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  16. These are so cute. You are so talented,

  17. These are so cute! I love all things owl so these are pretty much the perfect Halloween cookies for me 馃檪

  18. Thank you for linking up @ Craft Create & Inspire last weekend 馃檪 Your awesome project is featured this weekend !!

    Hope you can stop by and join us this week ..

    Claire x
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  19. These are so cute, Melissa! Pinned for me and my kids to make (maybe for their class mates at school:)

  20. Hi Melissa,
    Just found your blog and love these beautiful cookies. Would love to have you link them up and share with my readers. Thanks:)


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