These cute owls were made for a Halloween party. I must confess , this is not entirely my idea . The inspiration ,of course, came from a few children’s books and craft ideas. Sliced olives for eyes , piece of carrot for the nose and some sesame seeds to give the feathery look . They look cute and taste delicious . There really is nothing scary or spooky about these little guys and these can be fun for any kids party.
I used a cheesy pastry dough for the base, but these can be made using bread dough , puff pastry or even pie crust. You don’t need any special equipment either. I used a food processor for the pastry dough , but you a pair of forks does the job pretty well too.
Measure the flour and salt into the bowl of a food processor . Cut the cold butter into 1/2 inch cubes and add to the flour . Pulse for a few times until the mix resembles coarse bread crumbs. Alternately cut the butter into the flour in the mixing bowl itself using a pair of forks or a pastry cutter . Tip out into a mixing bowl and add the cheese . Stir well . Sprinkle a little water (ice cold) on top and mix using a spatula. The flour swill start to stick together. Sprinkle a little more water and repeat the process until all the flour sticks together. Form into a ball . Cover with a plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out into a 1/4″ thick circle . Cut out circles 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Transfer the discs to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper . Pinch out ears as shown in the picture . Place 2 slices of black olives for eyes and small triangles of carrots as nose . Sprinkle some sesame seed for the feather . Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and the cheese begins to brown a little . Remove from the oven . Cool in pan for a couple minutes .