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an owl and painted cookie sticks

I’ve been wanting to get back into cookie painting for ages, and THIS TUTORIAL for painting a wood grain by Renee of Kudos Kookies on University of Cookie gave me the appropriate push. Especially as Bridget, the University’s founder, gave us this challenge in the description:

“I’m picturing a little owl perched on a wood-grained tree limb.”

When you see a line like that, how can one not make a little owl perched on a wood-grained tree limb? Exactly. And forgive the bum eye on this guy. I had slim pickings for white sprinkles left in my collection.

to make painted cookie sticks and fondant owls you will need:*
food coloring (brown and green)
1 disposable decorating bag

1 coupler
1 size “4″ decorating tip

1 rubber band

paint brush

palette (plastic plate or egg carton)

rolled white fondant


wax paper

Wilton Flowerful Medley sprinkles
light corn syrup
leaf fondant cutters (1 inch and 2 inch)

*For food coloring, I use Americolor soft gel pastes (Chocolate Brown and Electric Green). I use a black Americolor Gourmet Writer for the pen. Find cutters, bags, couplers, tips, fondant and paint brushes in the craft store. The leaf fondant cutters will likely come in a set and can be found in the craft store, along with the sprinkles. Click HERE for tips on finding supplies.

step one: bake your cookie sticks
Roll out chilled dough according to recipe. With a knife or a dough scraper, cut out stick shapes (mine were like “V”s, but you can just do rectangles, too). Bake and let cool.

step two: flood your cookie background
Prepare frosting. Tint some (I use about a cup, depending on how many cookies you make) light brown with the Chocolate Brown coloring. Prepare a frosting bag with a coupler and size 4 decorating tip and fill with about half of your brown frosting. Tie closed with a rubber band. Pipe an outline on the sticks and let set about 15 minutes. Thin reserved frosting with water, a few drops at a time, until the consistency of thick glue. With a squeeze bottle or small spoon, pour the thinned frosting in the center of the stick and let flood to the edges, encouraging as needed with the back of the spoon. Let set well, several hours or overnight.

step three: paint your wood grain
I won’t even attempt to give a tutorial for this or claim an iota of credit, because the original is so lovely. To see the video tutorial:

And CLICK HERE for Renee’s first cookie painting tutorial at University of Cookie.
step four: make your fondant leaves
Tint some fondant green by adding a drop or two of food coloring to the fondant and kneading very well. Add more drops to achieve desired shade. If fondant gets sticky from overhandling, simply let sit at room temperature uncovered about 15 minutes until easily pliable. Roll thinly between two pieces of wax paper and cut out leaf shapes in the two different sizes. Set aside.step five: make your fondant owl
To make the owl, you’ll need the black marker, sprinkles, a toothpick and light corn syrup, a small leaf cutter, and two shades of brown fondant (see above for how to mix color into fondant):

For each owl, roll two balls of light brown fondant, about an inch or so in diameter (one may be slightly bigger). For the head, pinch two ears with your fingers. For the body, just flatten the top and bottom slightly.
For the wings, roll out the darker brown fondant and cut out leaf shapes with the small leaf cutter and attach to side of body with dabs of light corn syrup.
To assemble the rest (use a toothpick to dab light corn syrup on the parts to adhere), attach head to top of body, attach two small round white or yellow confetti sprinkles to the head for eyes, attach a yellow heart sprinkle for the beak, and two orange flower sprinkles for the feet. Draw two black dots on the eyes.
step six: assemble everything
Using corn syrup as glue, attach leaves and owl to sticks as desired.

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  1. Amanda
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE owls, that is too cute Meaghan!!

  2. Sue Sparks
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Boy, talk about stepping up to the challenge! Your tree limb(along with everything else) looks fantastic! You've got the wood technique down:)

  3. Bridget
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Oh my GOSH! I LOVE, love, LOVE that you made this!!! Sweet little owl! And your branch is so perfect! Squee!

    Meaghan…I'm so glad you "know" you!

  4. Bridget
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    And, I don't know if you're a Harry Potter person, but wouldn't these be CUTE for a HP party and white owls like Hedwig? Oh, WHEN does that movie come out?!?!

  5. Paula
    Posted June 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    Bridget tweeted this post. So happy I clicked on the link. This has got to be one of the cutest cookie ideas I've seen. Thank you for posting.

  6. Page
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink

    haha so cute :)

  7. Chic Cookies
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    oh shucks, thank you! And yes. Absolutely an HP person. From Book 1! (All original editions, thank you very much!)

  8. Bird
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    You are soo good!! :)

    Love it!


  9. cookies and cups
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Oh my sweetness! This is seriously cute ~ you are so creative!

  10. Natalie...
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    WOOWWW! this is so so cute, i love it! you have such excellent ideas.

  11. Sarah-Lyn
    Posted June 3, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    What can I say, I freakin' love your blog! So creative everytime :)


  12. Kate
    Posted June 4, 2010 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Your owls are darling! Love how they make your cookies 3D. Always appreciate your tutorials too!

  13. Cakebrain
    Posted June 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    haha! I love the expression on the owl's face! how cute…

  14. Desserts Divine
    Posted June 6, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Your cookies are amazing….sooo much talent!

  15. Cookbook Queen
    Posted June 7, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    LOVE THEM!!!
    These cookies are my cookie soul mate.

  16. steph
    Posted June 8, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    OMG – those are SO cute!

  17. Tia
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    youre so talented! love these.
    Tia @ buttercreambarbie

  18. kudoskookies
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Meaghan, I am SO happy you sent me the link to this post. Don't know how I missed it before but it would have been a shame for me not to see it. This idea of the owl on the branch is brilliant! BRILLIANT I tell you. LOVE the 3D effect of the owl on top! Talk about whimsical and clever! I'm very pleased that my simple wood grain technique could inspire such greatness :) I am humbled!!!
    Renee of Kudos Kookies

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