Chocolate and Peanut Butter Owl Cookies
Looking for a festive fall treat? These Chocolate and Peanut Butter Owl Cookies are so cute and filled with a chocolatey peanut butter goodness.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter owl cookies are not only a hoot, but they are incredibly delicious too! Made with oreo cookies, melting chocolate, feathered licorice, and candy eyeballs, even the kids can make these easy treats.
WHY WE LOVE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OWL COOKIES
Chocolate candy melts, peanut butter candy melts, and white candy melts, oreos, licorice plus a few special decorations are all you need to make these cute little woodland creatures, and that’s precisely why we love them.
- There’s no fancy cutters. That’s right, you don’t need cookie cutters, rolling pins, or any fancy equipment to make these cute fall treats.
- No frosting! You won’t even need a pastry bag because these treats are just simply dipped in chocolate and assembled.
- You can get the kids involved. These treats are so easy to make that even the kids can do it. And, it’s a fun way to all spend time together.
- White candy melts-Candy melts are available at local craft stores and even many grocery stores.
- Peanut butter candy melts- you can find these at Micheals, or use these salted caramel melts to achieve the same color.
- Milk chocolate melting wafers
- Dark chocolate melting wafers
- Oreo cookies- You will need a pack of 24 cookies.
- Red vine licorice
- Large eyeball candies
- Orange mini M&Ms
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
- Milk chocolate/dark chocolate: You can use one or the other, or both. The milk chocolate and dark chocolate offer a nice variety of flavor, but they do not appear super different once the owls are dipped and decorated.
- Oreo Cookies: Since these cookies are being dipped, you can use any flavor or variety of oreos that you prefer. I like to use double stuffed Oreos.
RECOMMENDED TOOLS TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Mixing bowls
- Parchment paper
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OWL COOKIES
- Melt the chocolates- place each type of candy melts into a separate bowl. Then, follow the package instructions to melt them. Pro Tip: You may need to heat the candy melts while you are working with them. Just microwave them in 15-30 second intervals.
- Coat oreos in chocolate- Use a fork to dip each cooking into 1 of the melted chocolate bowls. Coat both sides, tapping off any excess. Then, place the cookies on a sheet of parchment paper letting the cookies harden completely.
- Prepare the licorice- Cut each licorice piece into smaller pieces about ¾ “ long. Use scissors or a knife to cut small slits into the licorice, keeping the end intact. Then, press down on the intact end of the licorice to “feather” out the strips.
- Dip the cookies again- Dip each cookie about halfway into another color. Then, rotate your hand and dip the other side of the cookie, angling it so there is an overlap on one side and an open V on the other side.
- Quickly place the licorice- While the second coating is still wet, place the licorice to form the feather tufts behind the eyes.
- Add the eyeballs- Place the eyeballs at the base of the licorice. Finish your owl with an orange M&M to make the nose.
- Be careful with the candy melts. You don’t want to get any water on the melts, and you don’t want to overheat them. The candy can seize up and turn hard and brittle.
- Tap off the chocolate from the base coat. If the base coat is too thick, you tend to have a bulky and messy finished cookie once you put the next coat on.
- Use latex gloves. This will help prevent fingerprints on the candy coating while you are dipping them.
- Prepare licorice tufts before dipping the cookies. You want the licorice ready to pop onto the cookies before the chocolate hardens.
- Store cookies in airtight container
- Leave at room temperature
- Cookies will be good for 1-2 weeks
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What’s the Best Way to Melt the Chocolate?
The best way to melt chocolate wafers is in the microwave. Place them in a microwave safe dish and cook for 15-30 seconds, stir, then cook for another 15-30 seconds. Continue doing this until the chocolate is completely melted.
Can I Use Other Colors?
Absolutely! You can use any color melting wafers that you choose. Brown and white are typically traditional colors of owls, but you can make them colorful as well. If you are making them with kids, let them pick their owl colors.
Don’t Forget To Come Back And Let Me Know How Your Chocolate and Peanut Butter Owls Turned out!
OTHER RECIPES YOU MAY ENJOY
- 1 12-ounce package of white candy melts
- 1 12-ounce package of peanut butter candy melts
- 1 10-ounce package of milk chocolate melting wafers
- 1 10-ounce package of dark chocolate melting wafers
- 24 Oreo cookies
- 1 package of black “Red Vine” licorice
- 48 “large” eyeball candies
- 24 orange mini M&Ms
Follow the package instructions to heat and melt the candy melts - use separate bowls for each flavor/color. You may need to reheat the candy melts while working - microwave in 15-30 second increments.
Use a fork to dip a cookie into the melted background color, coating both sides. Tap off the excess candy and place cookie on a sheet of parchment paper. We made a variety of color combos - start by dipping six cookies into each color.
Leave cookies to harden completely.
Prepare the licorice by cutting each piece into smaller pieces, about 3⁄4” long. Pick up one piece of licorice - use scissors or a knife to cut small slits into the licorice, keeping the very end intact. Press down on the intact end of the licorice to “feather” out the cut strips.
Choose a secondary color for each cookie. Dip the cookie about halfway into the secondary color. Rotate your hand and dip the other side of the cookie again, angling it so that there is overlap on one side and an open V (revealing the base color) on the other side.
While the secondary candy coating is still wet, place the licorice fluff to form the feather tufts behind the eyes.
Place the eyeballs at the base of the licorice and finish with an orange m&m to make the nose.
Continue varying the base and secondary coatings to make a variety of owls.
Candy coated cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
Do not get any water into the candy melts and do not overheat - the candy will seize up and turn hard and brittle.
The milk chocolate and dark chocolate offer a nice variety of flavor, but they do not appear super different once the owls are dipped and decorated.
Be sure to tap off as much excess candy from the base coat as you can. If the base coat is too thick, it tends to make for a bulky and messy finished cookie once you start getting the next coat on there.
Use latex gloves to prevent getting fingerprints on the candy coating when you’re dipping them. You can also make colorful owls by using colored candy melts.
It’s important to prepare the licorice tufts before dipping the cookies in the secondary color so that they are ready to pop onto the cookie before the candy hardens.
Candy melts are available at local craft stores and even many grocery stores.