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Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Great Halloween Idea!

My wife wanted to do some Halloween themed baking with our son (aka: my sous chef). She looked around online and found a great idea and recipe for Night Owl Cookies. The recipe was on the M&M'S Bright Idea website, and not my own. It's a great Halloween project for your youngsters! And they are delicious! I recommend you giving it a try!

Below is a great picture taken of my wife and son's version of the cookies, and the recipe, reprinted from the website. In her version, she used peanut butter M&M'S... a very nice blend of flavors with the cashews and cookie.

Night Owl Cookies

1 roll (18oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1/4 C. flour
1/3 C. cocoa powder
20 whole cashews
1/4 C. vanilla frosting
1/4 C. chocolate frosting
1/2 C. peanut M&M'S, in fall colors (orange, yellow, brown)

  • 1. Divide the sugar cookie dough in three pieces. Knead the flour into one  piece of cookie dough until smooth, set aside. Combine the remaining two pieces of cookie dough and knead in the cocoa powder until smooth, set aside.
  • 2. Roll the lighter colored cookie dough into a 1-inch round log about 10 inches long, and move it off to the side. Roll out the chocolate cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10 x 4-inch rectangle. Place the light colored log of cookie dough on top of the chocolate rectangle. Wrap the chocolate cookie dough completely around the lighter colored log. Pinch edges to seal and roll the log smooth. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • 3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the cookie log into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 slices, side by side, on sheet pans. Press a cashew into cookie at the point the slices touch. Repeat with remaining cookie slices. Bake for approximately 8-11 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 4. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a resealable bag and snip a small corner from bag. Using the photograph as guide, pipe eyelashes. Spoon the vanilla frosting into a separate resealable bag and snip a small corner from bag. Using the photograph as a guide, pipe dot to secure candies. Add the M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies for eyes.

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