It’s hard to believe it’s already been almost 2 years since I’ve made these little owl cookies for my niece’s 1st birthday party. I had been meaning to make a how-to video on them, but had experienced a little trouble with the files so kept putting it off. After fiddling with the files one last time, I realized that the video wasn’t happening, but luckily I had taken photos of all the steps, so I’ll share them with you below if you’d like to give them a go.
My lovely sister-in-law, Julie, planned an adorable Look Whoo’s Turning 1 party for my sweet niece, Ella, and I was thrilled to make little owl cookie favours. Straightforward to make with a few key tips, and in my drawing-challenged case, with a Kopykake projector. If you’ve got some talent in the drawing department, you may not need the projector as the shapes are fairly simple, but for those of you that may need a little help, or if you’d just like to be able to make your designs faster, I’ve found a site with the best Kopykake projector prices around, on Madison Art Shop!
The adorable owl character is based on this party line here. It would be fun to hear if you’ve seen or made these too – let me know in the comment section below!
If you’d like to make the decorated owl cookies, here’s how to make them:
Look Whoo’s Turning 1 – Owl Cookie Tutorial
Party Items & Image
Look Whoo’s Turning 1 Party Pack found here.
Sugar Cookie Dough
Royal Icing Recipe
What You’ll Need:
- Gel Colors (I used Americolor chocolate brown, lemon yellow, sky blue, soft pink, black and white).
- Piping Bags
- #1, #2 and #3 Piping Tips
Step Two: With the same icing, flood, or fill in the darker brown sections of your shape (Use a #3 tip to flood faster). Let that base dry for at least 6-12 hours.
Step Three: Using a #2 or #3 tip, fill in the eye sections with white royal icing. Let them dry for at least 6-12 hours.
Step Four: Using brown icing and a #2 tip, pipe the outlines of the owl beaks and eyes. Let them dry for a few hours.
Step Five: Flood the eyes first with blue, then immediately layer with black icing for the pupil, as well as a white dot of icing on top. Fill in yellow for the beak and pipe a small pink bow on the owl’s head.
Step Six: Between the owl’s wings, pipe a band of darker brown icing and lighter brown icing (#2 or #3 tip). Pipe them one after the other and then four horizontal lines of icing on top, and drag a toothpick through the lines, in the south to north direction. You’re essentially marbling the icing in one direction. Here are a few posts on marbling to help demonstrate:
Step Seven: Using a #1 tip and bright pink icing, pipe an outline on top of your bow base. Let your cookies dry and you’re done!
One thing to note, I ended up going a little bit too dark with the brown I think. I’d lighten the icing up a bit next time, either by adding more white icing to the brown icing, or by adding a dollop of brown icing to some white.
Another thing to mention, watch out for sweet-seeking, four-legged friends, if you happen to be photographing cookies sitting on a bench, and happen to leave for a few minutes to answer the phone.
Can you see which one my Lionel got a hold of?
Thank goodness I made extra.
I didn’t end up getting many pictures of the cookies at the party, but did snap a photo of Ella enjoying her smash cake. 🙂 (The actual cake was made by Bake Me a Cake).
Sweet thanks to Niner of Niner Bakes for editing and re-sizing my photos; she did an awesome job with them, as the lighting was pretty bad (an on-going struggle for me with food photography… still learning!).
If you’d like another owl cookie idea, I’ve got a tutorial for these guys, below, here: