How to Transform Plain Cookies into Adorable Owls for Valentine’s Day

Transform plain cookies into ‘Owl Be Your Valentine’ Cookies with a few candy ingredients. A hoot to make and sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Thursday!

How about a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day that’s a hoot to make?

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These cookies are a fun, sweet treat and easy for little hands to help decorate too!

More of a procedure than a recipe, you can use the cookies of your choice as a base

and decorate with Valentine’s Day theme colored candy . . .

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Making it easy to transform plain sugar or shortbread cookies into

‘Owl Be Your Valentine’ Cookies

with some candy, frosting and a little imagination!

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Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or baked cookies from the grocery store to decorate.

I picked up some shortbread cookies from Publix bakery. A dozen cookies were about $6.

A 3 to 3 1/2-inch cookie works best as it has plenty of surface area for decorating

and room for the candy features, including the peach gummy rings for eyes.

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Allow your cookies to cool completely before decorating, covering them with a generous layer

of the frosting of your choice; use canned frosting or your favorite buttercream recipe.

Note: Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla Frosting won this blind taste test as a favorite canned frosting.

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Once the frosting is in place, the fun part begins, adding the candy to create the owl!

Here is the candy I used to assemble ‘Owl Be Your Valentine’ Cookies:

  peach gummy rings (Dollar Tree)

  red licorice ropes (Twizzlers)

  Valentine candy corn (1 piece per owl for a beak, HomeGoods)

  chocolate covered sunflower seeds (HomeGoods or TJ Maxx)

  Valentine M&M’s

  Valentine sprinkles or micro hearts

  Wilton icing hearts, optional for eyes (Michaels or Jo-Ann’s)

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Start by placing gummy rings at top of cookie, filling in center of the ring with M&M’s,

 chocolate covered sunflower seeds or icing hearts for pupils.

 Use additional frosting if needed to attach M&M’s or icing hearts to center of the rings.

Place a piece of candy corn for a beak between the gummy rings.

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Cut your licorice rope into 1 – 1 ½ inch pieces at an angle.

Add a cut licorice piece over each eye at an angle for the owl ear tufts.

I added 6 chocolate-covered sunflowers seeds, spacing in two groups of 3 for talons at bottom of cookie.

Add your sprinkles to the body of the owl to mimic feathers.

Store cookies in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Whooooo doesn’t like a fun and easy sweet treat for Valentine’s Day?

This is a fun idea and sweet treat for an owl-themed birthday party or baby shower too,

adjusting your candy colors for your party or theme.

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You can usually find a good selection of holiday candy at the check out line at HomeGoods and TJ Maxx.

'Owl' Be Your Valentine Cookies

Transform plain cookies into ‘Owl Be Your Valentine’ Cookies with a few candy ingredients. A hoot to make and sweet treat for Valentine’s Day!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, owls, Valentine's Day

Ingredients

  • 3 - 3 1/2 inch round sugar cookies or cookies of choice baked
  • 1 can vanilla frosting or frosting recipe of choice

CANDY FOR OWLS

  • Peach gummy rings 2 per cookie
  • Red Licorice rope, such as Twizzlers (2 (1 - 1 1/2-inch) pieces cut for ear tufts)
  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds 6 per cookie for talons
  • Valentine M&M's or Wilton Icing Hearts 2 per cookie for eyes
  • Valentine sprinkles
  • Valentine Candy Corn 1 piece per cookie for beak

Instructions

  • Spread frosting on round cookie as a base for candy.
  • Place gummy rings at top of cookie, filling in center of ring with M&M’s or icing hearts for pupils. Use additional frosting if needed to attach M&M’s to center of rings.
  • Cut licorice rope into 1 – 1 ½ inch pieces at an angle. Add cut licorice piece over each eye at an angle for ear tufts.
  • Place candy corn for beak between gummy rings.
  • Add 6 chocolate covered sunflowers seeds, spacing in two groups of 3 for talons at bottom of cookie.
  • Add sprinkles to body of owl to mimic feathers.
  • Store cookies in airtight container until ready to serve.

Notes

  • More of a method than a recipe, add your candy to your cookie to create an owl. You can be creative and use the candy and colors of your choice for a fun cookie for kids to decorate! This is a fun idea and sweet treat for an owl-themed birthday party or baby shower too, adjusting your candy colors for your party or theme.
  • Use your favorite cookie recipe or use ready made cookies from the grocery store bakery to decorate. 3 -  3 1/2 inch round cookies give you enough surface area to add gummy rings.
  • Gummy Rings can usually be found at the dollar store or Target. I found Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds at HomeGoods in the check out line with the Valentine's Day candy. They're also available online at Amazon. If you can't find red or Valentine's Day colors, use the chocolate colored ones. 

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  25 comments for “How to Transform Plain Cookies into Adorable Owls for Valentine’s Day

  1. January 20, 2022 at 6:45 am

    AWWWW!!! So cute!! Thank you for a darling idea!! EASY TOO!!

  2. January 20, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Mary, these cookies are adorable. My girls would love making and eating them. Happy Thursday, stay warm ♥️

  3. Ann Woleben
    January 20, 2022 at 8:02 am

    Thank you for these yummy recipes!

    • Rita C.
      January 20, 2022 at 8:51 am

      These are so stinkin’ cute! You carry out a theme superiorlously! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next..

  4. January 20, 2022 at 8:55 am

    I would love this fun, easy owl treat, Mary! They are so adorable! I’m going to stop by Dollar Tree and see if they gave the gummy rings. Thank you for the directions! 🥰 🦉😘

  5. January 20, 2022 at 9:02 am

    Very cute, I love all things owl, and of course sugar is my favorite food group!

  6. Clara
    January 20, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Cute! Great project to do with children. Thanks! Clara ❤️

  7. January 20, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Very cute little owls, love the tag line. Perfect little treats for Valentines.

  8. Sue B
    January 20, 2022 at 10:35 am

    So adorable Mary! I going to pick up some candy at Dollar Tree to make these with my grands! 🦉❤️

  9. January 20, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Another darling idea from the master! Mary, I love all your owl suggestions. I’m passing this along to my sister and friends with grands. Such a cute idea! Love “Owl” be your valentine!

  10. Allison
    January 20, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Too cute to eat!!!

  11. January 20, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Mary, going to try again. It says it posts, then poof, disappears!!!
    Darling idea! You are the master at clever ways to make life fun. Sharing this one with my sister and friends with grands. “Owl” be your valentine! always and always!!!

    • January 20, 2022 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Sarah! Your comment went into a moderation folder for some reason, but I check it several times a day. I heard some wintry weather was headed your way. Stay safe and warm! ❄️🦉❤️

  12. January 20, 2022 at 10:56 am

    These are adorable and so easy to do. Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity.

  13. Terrie
    January 20, 2022 at 11:10 am

    I don’t know how you come up with such cute ideas!!

  14. January 20, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Oh Mary, these are just adorable! I love the red licorice “branches”… What a Hoot!!
    Jenna

  15. CAROL
    January 20, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    Love them! You have the most amazing creativity.

  16. KathyP
    January 20, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    Adorable Mary! I see a trip to Dollar Tree in my future! Thanks for sharing. 🦉

  17. January 20, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Your cookies really turned out cute Mary! ♥Love them:@)

  18. Cyndi Raines
    January 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    What a darling cookie project! Only you Mary would find this and of course it is just too cute! Whooooo knew!, whoot whoot! 😃🦉🦉🦉

  19. Teresa Cline
    January 21, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    These are SO cute Mary! Decorating cookies is not my forte but I think I could decorate these adorable little owls! I have 2 nieces that would love them for Valentine’s Day and love the idea of picking up a dozen plain cookies ready to go from the grocery store bakery to decorate. Thanks for the inspiration! 🦉❤️

  20. January 22, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    So fun and so darn cute! Thank you Mary!

  21. January 22, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Nice ideas! I tried Christmas cookies for the first time this past year and it was an epic fail! These look pretty simple. I’ll give them a try. 😀

  22. January 24, 2022 at 10:45 am

    These are so cute!!

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