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Halloween Owl Cookies

Halloween Owl Cookies

  • Prep 10min
  • Total45min
  • Servings24

These Halloween Owl Cookies are pumpkin-spiced and topped with creamy yogurt-chocolate frosting, then decorated to sheer perfection in this easy recipe!MORE+LESS-

Make with

Pillsbury Cookie Dough



roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies


teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


can (16 oz) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Frosting Chocolate


cup Yoplait® Light pumpkin pie yogurt or Yoplait® Light very vanilla yogurt


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    Preheat oven to 350°F. Unroll the Pillsbury™ Sugar Cookie dough. Sprinkle dough with pumpkin pie spice and flour. Knead to combine the flour and spice. Roll out and cut with a 3 inch round cookie cutter, then use the round, top part of a mini heart cutter to cut a small portion from the top center of each heart to form the horned-ears.

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    Transfer cookies to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove and cool completely.

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    In a medium bowl, whisk together the frosting and yogurt. Frost cooled cookies with frosting. Decorate with eyes and a candy corn piece for the beak.

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  • HalOWLween will never be the same. We double-dog dare you to see if you can look at these super easy cookies and not crack a grin.Whooo is the coolest bird in the kitchen? You are! Because you've now got this recipe for Halloween Owl Cookies that’s easy peasy, and oh-so-caaauuuuute!We've simplified the process just in case you can't find yourself an owl cookie cutter. Simply use a 3" round cutter, then turn a mini heart cookie cutter upside-down and snip a little part out of the top center of the cookies for the horned-ears. Look for fondant cutters in the cake-baking section of your local craft store and you should be good to go for less than 5 bucks!Then, candy eyes and candy corn is all you need to turn your cookies into owls!Plate your cookies with a few stray candy corns for the ultimate plate of fall yumminess!More Fall CookiesLooking for more treats for your sweeties? Try these fun ones that bring the season on tastefully.
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How much are you loving these adorable owl cupcakes? I’m pretty sure they would brighten anyone’s day. Don’t you?

If you are like me and you love giving sweet treats to your friends and family as gifts then you know how easy it can be to make someone smile. These cuties will have people grinning ear to ear.

There’s just something about the big expressive eyes of an owl that can melt your heart and when that owl is made of modeling chocolate perched on top of a vanilla cupcake with light and airy whipped frosting it will make your tummy pretty happy too!

Halloween Owl Cupcakes

Before I give you the recipe for Halloween Owl Cupcakes, I have a story. I know I don’t tell many long stories, but bear with me.

Do you have a sad Halloween story? I do.

First, let me say that I have always loved Halloween. I remember the excitement of picking out your costume at the drug store, and the weird feel of those plastic masks that would get all wet inside from the condensation of your breath. I remember thinking about the costume, and hoping that the day wouldn’t be too cold so I wouldn’t be forced to wear a warm coat over it and ruin the effect.

The candy didn’t matter so much back then.

The feeling of being allowed out after dark with other kids was intoxicating. When my sad Halloween story occurs, I was 8 or 9.

My little sister was sick, so my mom dressed me up in my Cinderella (natch) costume, gave me my bag and my sister’s bag, and told me to get candy for her too.

Now, you wouldn’t think that a blonde eight-year-old girl, dressed as Cinderella, would be a grifter, would you? (Princess Con Artist?)

Well, that’s how the people who answered the doors on Halloween treated me.

I was mocked and ridiculed and told that I was greedy, asking for more treats. I still can’t believe to this day that people would be that mean to a little kid.

It was kind of an early lesson in lowering expectations and how rude people can be.

Halloween wasn’t as fun after that, as a kid.

I do like this holiday as an adult, however. And I NEVER mock kids who come to the door. They can have as many treats as they can grab. I don’t care what they wear for a costume or how old they are. We buy bags and bags and bags and bags of more candy than we could ever give away just so each kid gets as much as they want.

THAT’S how you do Halloween.

Now, to the recipe. I do not recommend giving out any homemade treats, because of the sadness of tampered candy and some sick people who think that hurting others is fun (see the paragraphs above). Give out the properly wrapped and packaged store-bought treats.

But you don’t have to limit yourself to that candy, as good as it is. You can make yourself your own treat.

These little cupcakes are no-bake. Yes, I know – you’re surprised. But they are easy and fun and so dang cute.

You layer chocolate wafer cookies with a peanut butter flavored whipped cream, then frost the whole thing in frosting and add some mini halved Oreo cookies for eyes. An M&M candy pressed into the center makes the nose.

Aren’t these just the sweetest little Halloween Owl Cupcakes you’ve ever seen? They are delicious too.

Eat them all yourself. Enjoy every bite. And rest assured that no one will call you a grifter.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 ⅓ cups butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Icing (recipe follows)
  • Candy corn
  • Miniature chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° (325° if using convection heat).

In a bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until blended, then beat on high speed until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt beat on low speed until combined, then on medium speed until well blended. Divide dough into three portions.

Place each portion between two sheets of floured plastic wrap. Roll dough evenly into flat rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Stack rounds on a baking sheet and chill until firm, at least 45 minutes, or up to 2 days.

Working with one portion of dough at a time (keep remaining chilled), peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Set floured pattern (see notes) on dough and cut around edges. Or with floured round cookie cutters (3-in. diameter), cut out cookies, placing cutters as close together as possible. Transfer to cooking parchment-lined or ungreased baking sheets, placing cookies about 1 inch apart. Repeat with remaining dough rounds. Gather up scraps and press together into a ball. If dough is still cold, roll and cut out remaining cookies. If it's soft and sticky, repeat step

Bake cookies until firm to touch and slightly darker brown around edges, 8 or 9 minutes if baking more than one sheet at a time in one oven, switch positions halfway through baking. Slide parchment with cookies off sheets onto racks or counter to cool, then remove from parchment. Or cool on pans about 1 minute and then transfer to racks to cool completely. If not using cooking parchment, wipe off baking sheets after each batch. Cool sheets before filling with more cookies.

Spread icing over cookies and decorate with candies, using candy corn for a beak and chocolate chips for eyes. Let stand until icing is firm, about 5 minutes.

Icing: In a small bowl, stir together 2 cups powdered sugar and just enough milk (about 3 tablespoons) to make a spreadable icing. If desired, tint with food coloring. If icing thickens as it stands, stir in a few more drops of milk.

MOST-POPULAR Halloween Desserts

Halloween parties are so much fun! Halloween is such a great theme – from decorations to desserts. With that in mind I have listed some of our very favorite (and MOST POPULAR) Halloween treats. We have cakes, cookies, Rice Krispie treats, and more! We also have some great Halloween drinks found HERE.

Before we get into the fun stuff, I have a few tips on how to turn any treat into fun and festive Halloween desserts!

Turning your favorite dessert into a Halloween Themed Treat is pretty easy. It’s all about colors and embellishments:

  • Colors: black, brown, orange, purple and bright green are all great Halloween choices.
  • Embellishments: add Halloween sprinkles or candies. Halloween toppers, like plastic spiders, are also great additions.
  • Serving trays: using spooky and fun Halloween themed serving trays will enhance the overall feel.

Most of these treats can be made at least a day ahead of time while others can be made even further in advance. This makes it so easy to get your party preparations done early. See the individual posts for storage info.

Halloween Cakes

We love to serve cake at our parties!! You can take your favorite cake recipe and spook-ify it (like our chocolate sheet cake turned into a graveyard) or use one of these fun recipes great for the 31st! Candy pumpkins, fake spiders and more are great to use to decorate any treat!

13 Quick, Easy Halloween Treats Recipes

If you are looking for more Halloween recipes, crafts, and more check out the Pinterest Halloween Board here.

1. S’mores Eyeballs – Easy Halloween Treat

These s’mores-like Halloween eyeballs are made out of just Nilla Wafers, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.

2. Pumpkin Patch Dirt Cup Halloween recipe

3. Caramel Apple Taquitos

Simply heat the tortillas, fill with caramel and apply pie filling, roll, and top with sugar and spices.

4. Spider Cakes Easy Halloween Recipe

These spider cakes look almost too good to eat.

Get the Spider Cakes recipe here.

5. Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Treats

These chocolate-dipped candy corn treats are easy enough to make with the kids.

6. Candy Corn Jell-O cups

With just 2 boxes of Jell-O and some whipped cream, you have a colorful treat for Halloween parties or after school.

7. Witch Brooms

Pretzels and Reeses Peanut Butter cups… need I say more?

8. Silly Apple Bites Moster Faces Halloween Treat

These are allergen-free Halloween treats! NO NUTS and Gluten Free. Just fruit and sunflower products.

9. Cute Chocolate-Apple Halloween Owl

Just gather up some sliced apples, melted chocolate, Oreos, and candies to make this fun Halloween treat.

10. Halloween Candy Bark

All of your favorite candies in chocolate? Heaven on earth!

11. Nutter Butter Ghosts

This is a super easy Halloween treat the kids can help make.

12. Grapefruit Jack-O-Lanterns with Fruit Salad

Need a break from sugary treats? Check out these healthy Halloween treats.

Get the Grapefruit Jack-O-Lanters with Fruit Salad recipe here.

13. Halloween Witch Hat Cookies

These no-bake Halloween cookies are great for class parties and they only take about 15 minutes to make.

These last-minute quick, easy Halloween treats recipes are fun, fast, and require just a few ingredients, most you may already have at home.

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Separate the Oreos and press the halves with the filling onto the frosting to make the eyes. Squeeze out a large circle of black decorating gel to make the eyeballs, and add a candy nose in the middle.

That’s all there is to it. I think these are so cute!

For a wonderful homemade chocolate cupcake recipe, click here.

Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies

Growing up, there was a house on The Hill (a neighborhood in my town named so because it sat on a slight slant) that had the great pressure of living up to its reputation every Halloween. This home sat on the corner of the block with its huge bay windows–it was the perfect setting for the re-enactment of the famous shower scene from “Psycho.” Needless to say it was an attraction spot every year for us kids, and despite the fact that I knew what it would look like, I anticipated trick-or-treating at that house as much as I did the year before.

I had this grandiose idea when I was 13 years old to try to create a haunted house of my own. Maybe it was my way of competing with the monopoly that house had in my town (yeah, like I knew what that even meant as a kid!) or maybe it was one of the many crazy ideas/stunts I pulled (in that list would go down as: Turning my front yard into a carnival, the obsessive need to turn the dining room into a pretend land of playing Restaurant, or even the time I married off my Cabbage Patch doll–I took the preparation duties very seriously!) I guess this explains my Halloween e-book:

I was born to do something with my wild imagination, I truly believe it.

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Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the haunted house. Oh, the hours I labored over this damn thing! I recall sitting in my living room that faced the street, measuring the windows to ensure that my cardboard cut-outs of coffins and silhouettes of scary figures fit properly. I desperately pulled cotton balls apart in attempts to recreate spider webs.

I even rented a tape from the local library full of scary sounds and noises, guaranteed to send chills up any passer-byers’ back, what with its cackles, screams, and devilish laughter.

The haunted house sucked, friends. No one showed up. My cobwebs looked like globs of white poof. The cardboard cut-outs sadly flopped down. The only thing that remotely resembled Halloween was the tape I rented. It’s a good thing my skills evolved…

Owl cookies

Published: Oct 24, 2015 · Modified: Jul 14, 2020 ·by Swathi .

Delicious egg free nutty, simple owl cookies with almond meal, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extarct. Great for Halloween dinner party.

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.

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Ghoulishly Good! Halloween Party Recipes and Ideas

Get your spook on this Halloween! Check out our collection of charmingly frightful foods that will make your holiday a chilling success!

Whether you are entertaining a small gathering of trick-or-treaters, or you host the most raucous party in the neighborhood, Halloween themed food will make the night more special. From cute foods for the kids to devilishly divine adult fare, this list is sure to excite your imagination!

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