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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Eats and Treats: Owl Family Cupcakes

Owl Family Cupcakes
Josiah, Esther, and I made these for the hospitality room of our basketball tournament last Saturday. They were fairly simple to make, although we did have some trouble with cracked cookies. It took an entire package of Double Stuf Oreos and another package of the mini Oreos to make one batch of owl cupcakes. Of course, there was no lack of volunteers to eat the scraps!

12 regular size cupcakes
24 baked mini cupcakes
(We were able to bake all of these from one Duncan Hines Swiss Chocolate cake mix)
1 batch chocolate frosting -- you can use the store-bought kind, but homemade is so much better!
1 package Double Stuf Oreo Cookies – technically, you only need 24 cookies, but there will be some casualties
1 package Mini Oreo Cookies – you’ll need 48 uncracked cookies with filling intact
24 brown and 12 orange M&Ms
48 brown and 24 orange mini M&Ms

1.    Frost all cupcakes.
2.   Separate all Double Stuf cookies by carefully slicing along one cookie, leaving filling on one side of each cookie. Scrape any cookie crumbs off filling.
3.   Gently push M&Ms into filling to create eyes.
4.   Place 2 cookie halves, filling side up, on each standard size cupcake.*
5.   Insert orange M&M into frosting to make beaks.
6.   Use leftover cookie halves to make ears. Tuck into top of each cupcake behind eyes.
7.   Repeat process with mini cupcakes , mini cookies, and mini M&Ms.

*If making ahead of time, hold off as long as possible on putting Oreos on cupcakes. If you do it too early, cookies become soggy and owls will start to fall apart.

Adapted from Owl Cupcakes recipe, Family Circle Magazine, November, 2014.

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