2 days back my daughter asked me, “amma, what are you making for hallaveen?”. That’s when I realized Halloween is around the corner. Initially I thought I will skip making Halloween special as I was busy cleaning up the house for Deepavali. But my daughter was behind me with the same question every time. So I decided to make something for her.
She knows about Halloween from last year. Our residential community celebrates almost all the festivals by organizing a get together. For Halloween children from the community put on their best Halloween costume and walk house to house screaming “trick or treat”. When my daughter was around 2 years old, she got scared looking at those dressed up children. Since then we kept her away from Halloween party. Last year she came up telling that she is now grown up and is not scared anymore and asked me to dress her up.
I did not have any costume for her. I managed to dress her up with whatever was available and said to her, “you are a scary tiger!” 😛 The truth was she looked more like a cute tiger! 😀 . I also managed to make some Halloween treats, Halloween Oreo treats for the kids and spooky spider deviled eggs for us.
This year we will go Boo! Trick or Treat with this hoot owl cookies. Preparation for the cookies is a bit lengthy process but it’s simple to make.
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
¾ cup unsalted butter (room temperature) plus 1 tablespoon extra
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoon dark chocolate
Few dark chocolate chips
Whole cashew nuts
1. Melt dark chocolate with 1 tablespoon of butter in microwave or double boiler. Keep aside to cool.
2. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
3.Add egg and vanilla extract beat until combined.
4. Add baking powder and salt, beat again for 15 seconds
5. Add flour and mix well till soft and crumbly dough is formed.
6. Divide dough into ⅔rd and ⅓rd parts.
7. To ⅓rd part of dough add melted chocolate, beat until well combined.
8. Lightly dust flour on parchment paper. Shape the white dough into approximately 10 inch by 4 inch.
9. Shape the chocolate dough into 10 inch long rolls.
10. Place the chocolate rolls at the center of white dough.
11. Roll the dough into log shape keeping the chocolate dough in the center.
12. Cover with cling film and place it in fridge for 3 hours.
13. Pre heat oven to 170 degree centigrade.
14. Remove dough from fridge, unwrap and cut into thin slices.
15. Place 2 slices side by side. Pinch dough to form ears of the owl.
16. For the eyes first place a small ball of white dough, place a chocolate chip on top of the dough.
17. Place whole cashews between the 2 eyes to form the beak.
18. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.
19. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in air tight container. It stays good for about 1 week.
Comments & Reviews
Hello, my dough (white) was crumbling. What can I do so it remains stiff? Also can u give the recipe in grams. Including how much dough we should remove for adding the melted chocolate.
Sunita, dough shouldn’t be crumbly.
can you try adding a few teaspoons of milk to get the right consistency of dough.
Divide dough into 3 equal parts and add melted chocolate to 1 part of the dough and use the other 2 part as it is white to make owl.
Sorry I did not measure in grams I did usual cup measurements. You can try converting cups measurement to grams using internet (please note – that conversion will give you approximate measure but not exact one)
thanks a lot for ur reply. just one more question pls. I am unable to get answers in google. How much gram chocolate is 3 tablespoon. Can I grate the dark / milk chocolate. then take three tablespoon. Is it okay?
I’m giving you very rough estimate, for 3 tablespoons grated chocolate about 21 to 23 grams (please note these values are not exact conversion)
They look so cute Jyothi. Very creative!
Thank you very much Kushi, enjoyed making these, so much fun! 😀
Revathi Palani says
Happy Halloween, Jyothi. What an amazing idea. They look scary cute 😉
hehehe thank you Revathi. I’m not much of a spooky scary Halloween person, thought will make something daughter will enjoy and she did enjoy these! 😀