These cookies really say fall is coming to me. When I was in fifth grade, we got to make these at school, and I would say that was pretty much my best day at school ever. I thought they were so fun and creative, and turned out so cute! I wish I’d gotten to take cooking classes every year! These are from Taste of Home magazine.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Orange and yellow M&M’s
In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture. Remove two-thirds of the dough; roll into an 8-in. square on plastic wrap and set aside.
Combine melted chocolate and baking soda until thoroughly blended; beat into remaining dough. Shape into an 8-in log. Place chocolate log at one end of the square and roll up; pinch seams together. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Unwrap dough; cut into 1/4-in. slices. To form owl’s face, place two slices side by side on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pinch dough at the top of the circles to form ears. Place M&M’s in the center of each circle for eyes. Place a cashew in the center of the face for the beak.
Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.