It’s deja vu.
You may have already seen these owls in my Top 10 Tips on Decorating Cookies here, but I jumped at the chance to make them again!
The lovely and talented Jenn of HWTM, needed owl cookies for a baby shower her mother threw, and I was thrilled to make these for her!
If you follow me on pinterest, you might have noticed I’ve got a bit of an owl crush, so much so, that I even decorated my step-daughter’s room with an owl theme. I’m so glad she loves them too!
The colours for these owls are different, and this time, I’m sharing the step by step in case you’d like to try them out.
How to Make Decorated Owl Cookies
For the Cookies, you’ll need:
- Sugar Cookie Dough (click here for recipe)
- Royal Icing (click here for recipe)
- Round Cookie Cutters
- Food Gel Coloring
- Piping Tips (Size #2)
- Piping Bags
- For a vlog on my favourite cookie decorating tools, click here
- Optional – Kopykake Projector
Because I’m not skilled at freehand drawing, I used a Kopykake projector to trace in each of the following steps, however, the owl shapes are fairly simple, and most likely easy enough for you to do without having to use the projector.
Once you’ve made your cookies and they’re ready to decorate:
Step One: The Base
Pipe the owl’s body using a #2 tip. Let dry for a minimum of 6-24 hours. The icing basically acts as sealant for freshness, so it’s okay to let the cookie dry uncovered.
The length of drying time depends on the humidity of your environment. I recommend working in a room with air-conditioning and a de-humidifier, especially if you live in a tropical area, or during the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.
Step Two: The Eyes
Pipe the whites of the eyes and let them dry for a minimum of 6-12 hours.
Step Three: The Belly & Details
Using a #2 tip, pipe the belly and add the ‘feathering details’ right away. (Wet-on-wet icing). Pipe the pupils and wings. You could finish the rest of the owl details at this point, but I waited for the owl’s belly to be dry before I added the beak.
Step Four: Finishing Touches
Add the feet and beak using a #2 piping tip, and pipe the leaves using a #67 piping tip. Let dry for 6-12 hours (less icing), and you’re ready to package or serve!
Follow the same steps for the Momma Owl. Her body shape is just a little bit different:
Don’t be discouraged if you make mistakes; with some creative ‘touch-ups’ you can salvage almost any cookie!
Take a look at one of the owls with the yellow tummy below… I was a little too generous with the icing, and it ended up pooling to the left, so I added a few more leaves to his branch to hide the flaw.
You can find more detailed info. on decorating cookies in my Cookie Decorating Tutorial here.
Have fun decorating!