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Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowy Owl Shortbread Cookies



OK.  These are so stinkin' cute, I can't stop smiling at them! ha.

Have you noticed how popular owls are right now?
I pinned a cute photo of owl cookies in the fall and 
didn't find the time to bake them.    
So for Christmas, I thought
snowy owls would be even better!  

Any shortbread recipe will do.
Roll out 1/2" thick.
3" and 1" round cookie cutters.
Decorate with M&Ms and whole almonds.
Bake 350 for 20-25 minutes until just golden on edges.
Dust with powdered sugar while still warm.
Clean off beak and eyes with a tiny damp pastry brush.

85 comments:

  1. Owls are everywhere
    See them at many a lair
    Seem to have just sprouted about
    I guess they beat a singing trout
    Cute indeed
    At your feed

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      Even gave some a chance under your sun

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    2. Don't you wish you'd thought of it?
      And made a big profit?
      Who decides when a craze should start?
      and then every one else just does their part?
      ha.

      First you are!
      Beat everyone by far.
      I posted early
      nobody was ready with the lurky lurky.
      lol.....

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    3. lol they lurky lurky?
      I guess they were cooking turkey
      Yeah wish I thought of it
      Not sure who decides this umm spit

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    4. yes, a few of them lurk
      and admit it with a smirk!

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    5. My name is Vince and I'm a lurker. (smiling)

      Sorry it doesn't rhyme, chap. But Mr. Bluelights is giving you a run for your money with the rhyming!

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  2. I do like me some owls, lol!!!!!

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    1. Yes, you certainly do!
      You can paint them...I'll stick to baking them. ha.

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  3. I can't stop smiling either... those are so adorable. I thought I was through baking, but those are just to darling not to make. The dish you have them in is so perfect for the display. This is the "fun" of Christmas!

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    1. You're right...this is the fun part! All the hustle and bustle is done. You know, I only made half dozen of these...really quick, all on one cookie sheet...just enough to add some cuteness to the table without it being a lot of work.

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  4. How wise you are to see that owls are so cute and so popular! These are incredibly cute. I wonder how long they will last! Not very long I would bet. Only 3 more sleeps!! xx

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    1. They might have to make another appearance as the winter goes on. :) Yep...only three more sleeps. My Spencer cannot contain himself any longer. I wish I could send him off to school tomorrow! lol....

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    2. I can imagine that he will be up at 3 am prowling round the tree, desperate to start the ripping!! How lovely though to have someone who is so enthusiastic about Christmas!! Better than a load of wet blankets I reckon. xx

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    3. He kept looking in the stockings today...all 6 of them. lol...they are empty,...still. Sigh. I'm sure he was so disappointed. :)

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  5. Cute enough! as they say in southern Indiana! They make me smile!

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    1. haha...I usually say, "Too cute!" :)

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    2. Well, me too, but we're talkin' about southern Indiana here. cute ENOUGH. The emphasis is on ENOUGH!

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    3. I like it! I may have to start saying that! ;)

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  6. Do I spy a little feather arm on the one on the right?

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  7. What a hoot! They are very cute and look yummy. Tom baked sugar cookies today. They were great with egg nog.

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    1. I've had Tom's sugar cookies....yum! Are you hosting the kids and grands or going there?

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    2. We're going to one on Christmas Day and hosting one after. Are you having the newlyweds?

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    3. Yes, we are! Both Eve and Christmas Day...then they are flying to her family later that night.

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  8. I think if those owls were on my plate
    They'd not stay long in their present state
    'cause before my coffee I'd had time to sup
    I'd swoop down quickly to eat 'em up.
    They look a long way too yummy
    To stay for long outside my tummy
    Which is a shame 'cause they look nice
    But taste buds quickly they entice
    Perhaps I might try to bake some
    In what ever way you make um.

    LOL

    If I don't see you again have a great Christmas, Betsy

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    1. LOL! or should I say ROFL? :) Cute poem about my cute cookies. haha.
      I'll be thinking of you on Christmas Day, Ed....I hope you have a great day, despite some undoubted emptiness.
      Big hugs! Kiss that grandson for me! :)

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    2. Thanks, Betsy.
      If I eat a lot of Owls will I be wiser for it? LOL . . . . . or will I start saying "Twit twoo!" ? LOL

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    3. Wiser? I don't know! We could all munch on a bunch and find out! Did you know a group of owls is called a parliament? :)

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    4. Didn't know that, Betsy! Thanks for that information - A parliament of owls, eh!
      However, the bunch of idiots we have in our parliament in no way can be described as wise - they are just a hoot!! with no wisdom whatsoever.

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    5. So maybe they're a stable of barn owls, instead? lol...

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    6. Highly UNstable I would say!
      Well I must retire to the land of nod before I turn into a night owl LOL
      Goodnight!

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    7. I see the owls are still on the plate LOL
      They are I think what you call "Cute Hoots"

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    8. They're like the loaves and the fishes...you take one, and another one appears! :) haha....

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    9. Ah! a REPLICATING OWL!! LOL Not heard of that species before. Not sure they would taste well with loaves and fishes though LOL.

      Just wondered! Has the postman arrived from UK yet? He is taking his time it appears.

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    10. No, nothing from the postman yet. Are you sure you didn't send it by owl? lol....

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    11. Hoot Hoot! - very clever! LOL. Do I detect a dash of Harry Potter with his owl deliveries? Perhaps Proffessor Snape has confiscated it or the owl was mugged by a gang of thieving magpies!! ROFL.
      I expect it will arrive soon.

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    13. Somehow I duplicated the last comment - must be as blind as an owl!! LOL

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  9. cute. cute. cute.
    i'd still eat it though...ha.

    ladycat said hoot. lol.

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    1. We're all sounding a little coo coo, aren't we? ha.
      Sending you a virtual owl cookie to eat....

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  10. Stinkin' cute? You know who is cute, don't you? It's you, milady. And what a simply gorgeous photo of your cute little owls.
    I agree with the others that they may be cute, but not too cute to eat. I'd be scarfing them down with a cup of tea without hesitation!
    I don't suppose they would travel well in a parcel, would they?

    Vince. x

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    1. I was pretty happy with that photo myself, so thank you! :) Don't you say stinkin' over there? ha. If you say scarfing, you can say stinkin'. lol....

      Not sure how those birds would travel. They might lose an eye or two. :)

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    2. A broken wing or two wouldn't hurt the taste any! Yes, I'm hinting! Well, no, not hinting but out right making a fool of myself by asking for a parcel of biccies! You have my address. Or send them with Santa so I don't have to wait on the damned postal service! (smiling)

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    3. I pretty sure Santa goes to your country before mine. :) Besides, aren't you just getting coal this year? lol....

      as for making a fool of yourself...I have no comment. Not at all. None. Nope. Nada... ;)

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    4. Ah, well it isn't the first time!

      Speaking of owls, one of my uncles lived in Mexico for several years while doing research for his job. He had a family of owls that lived in his garden in a very tall tree. Back at that time we couldn't send photos by phone or internet, of course, but he would develop his own film and mail our family pictures of those owls! Thanks for jogging my memory! I hadn't thought of it in years!

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  11. beautiful and funnt cookies Betsy!
    here we have some owls but you know the sleep all day ! I never see them lol

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    1. I have never seen an owl, either....but I love them. They are so beautiful!

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    2. I've pinned some lovely owls on Pinterest!

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    3. O sent you a lovely cat in the Christmas tree from Pinterest LOL xxxx

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  12. Bird Lady through and through.

    (some really great comment, too!)

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    1. If I starting tweeting, please come take me in for treatment. lol....

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  13. You are such an artist - in everything you do! These are adorable!! -- Danielle in Austin, TX

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    1. Danielle...it's so great to see you here again! Hope you're ready for Christmas! :)

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  14. Eep!!!! Making them tomorrow... TY for the inspiration xxx

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  15. Stinkin' cute is right. Adorable. Only 6?! Such restraint. xx

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    1. yep....the rest of the dough went to another kind. ha.

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  16. They are beautiful cookies, Betsy! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. thanks, Pat! Hope you have a lovely holiday, too!

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  17. Oh how cute! I'll copy this great idea. Owls are very popular in Germany this year, too. But first some more wrapping of gifts... and the creme brulèee for our Christmas dinner.... and phoning some friends. I have to keep myself busy today. A very close friend of mine undergoes extremely risky brain surgery today. So, if anybody can spare a little prayer, please, please dedicate it to him. Thank you all and forgive me Betsy, that I used your blog for my plea. I hope, you do not mind!
    Christel

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    1. Of course I don't mind...praying right now...keep me posted!

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    2. Thank you so much, dearest Betsy! And we thank God, that our friend survived the 6 hours of surgery! The doctors, who had said before, that the chance of survival was 50%, afterwards said, that everything went well. For all of his friends, but especially for his wife and for their five children this is CHRISTMAS! Peace on earth and great joy...
      Blessings
      Christel

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    3. Oh, that's great news! :) A wonderful Christmas gift to them! Thanks so much for letting me know!

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  18. Tasty looking owls, Betsy. Wishing you and yours a peaceful Christmas, from me and mine.

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    1. Thanks, Martin.....you're the best. :)

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  19. Adorable! And, I'll bet, delicious. Merry Christmas, Betsy.

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    1. I love shortbread...no matter what shape it's in! :) Merry Christmas, Janice...and to all of your critters, too.
      Hope you have a lovely day...are you traveling or hosting? Traveling, I'm guessing with your kitchen under construction. :)

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  20. Merry Christmas to you Betsy
    May you and your family have the best one ever!!

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    1. Thanks, Lady! I hope you have a lovely holiday, too!

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  21. Oh my gosh, they're adorable! I wondered how you kept the eyes and beak so neat and clean, that's a great tip. Merry Christmas to all of you!

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  22. I adore these!! I rescued an owl 20 years ago, and have been interested in them ever since. Merry Christmas!

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    1. You rescued an owl? Oh, I'm so jealous! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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