Cinnamon Spritz Owl Cookies
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Cinnamon Spritz Owl Cookies

Adapted from SerioiusEats.com
Makes 45 cookies
Author Wendy Sondov themondaybox.com

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ large egg beat 1 egg in small bowl, then use ½ for recipe
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Decorations optional
  • Candy eyes
  • Orange heart sprinkles beaks
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Confectioners’ sugar and water “glue” about ¼ cup sugar with ½ teaspoon water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place a cookie sheet in the refrigerator to chill.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon on high speed for 7 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl several times. The mixture should be light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg and beat for another 7 minutes, scraping the bowl every few minutes.
  5. By hand, stir in the flour just until combined.
  6. Fill the cookie press cylinder, fitted with an owl disc, with about half of the dough. Press the cookies onto the chilled cookie sheet about 1” apart. If a cookie shape doesn’t come out properly, remove it from the cookie sheet and return the dough to the mixing bowl to reuse.
  7. Add the candy eyes and heart sprinkles (beaks) to the cookies. A tweezer can be helpful for placing and pressing the decorations into the dough.
  8. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the bottom edges begin to brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Optional: To add chocolate sprinkle feathers, prepare confectioners’ sugar glue by mixing together about ¼ cup of confectioners’ sugar with just enough water until a little thicker than white glue. Use a decorating brush to paint the sugar glue onto the wings or chest of the owl cookie, then drizzle sprinkles over the glue. Allow to dry for 1 hour before packaging or storing.
  11. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, Cinnamon Spritz Owl Cookies stay crisp for up to 2 weeks.

Packing Tips

Fill a plastic storage container with cookies. Place crinkled wax paper on top of the cookies to keep the cookies from moving within the container. The cookies can also be stored in freezer weight ziplock bags. Use packaging material to ensure that the storage container or ziplock bags can’t move around in the shipping box.