October 21, 2013

Day of the Dead Owl Cookie Tutorial

I am constantly oogling over the Day of the Dead skull cookies and images.  Their bright colors and designs just draw me in. 

Sarah over at Klickitat Street has recently started making her own cookie cutters.  That is where I fell in love with her new owl cutter and knew I had to get it.  I was so anxious to use it, that I threw out the idea of using a skull and decided an owl design it was going to be.  If you would like to purchase an owl cutter just like this, you can got to her etsy shop and get your very own. While your there, check out her other cute cutters.

Supplies needed to make the white owl:

*White Icing in flood consistency - I use about a 12-15 count

The following colors I used a medium consistency icing (I would say a 20 count):

*Electric Pink
*Egg Yellow
*Chocolate Brown
*Mint Green

*Black edible marker

*Toothpick, boo boo stick or a turkey lacer (my preferred)

Start out by outlining and flooding your cookie

Let this dry completely.  I would say 8 - 12 hours or overnight.

Using a extra small circle cutter or using a small circle template, outline the owls eyes using a black edible marker.

Outline and flood the owls eyes.  Let this dry or "set" for about 30 minutes.  Working one eye at a time add 6 dots as shown:

1. Immediately after adding the dots, use your toothpick to drag the dot towards the center. Continue doing this for all 6 dots on both eyes.  

2. When done this is how it should look. If the points do not meet in the center, all is good.  They will be covered.

3.  Add the dot to the center of the eye using a dark color.  Add dots surrounding both eyes and using the "wet on wet" technique add another dot of a different color on top of the wet icing dots (as seen below).

Using the same technique as we did for the eyes, add 3 dots representing the wings.  Use a toothpick to drag the dots outward.

1. Outline a portion of where you would like the wing to be and flood.  
The next step is making a heart.  I have found that everyone does a heart differently.  I make mine by placing 2 dots next to each other.  I use a toothpick or my turkey lacer and slowly drag each dot downward until it shapes a heart.

1. Lets add our feet.

2.  Using a different color, outline the feet and the owls wings.

This next step is my favorite part!  Place a large and small dot close to the ears.  Using your toothpick, once again you will drag the dot and shape it anyway you want it to go.  Use the small dot and connect it to the tail.  I do this on both ears.  

The rest?  Well that is totally up to you.  Start adding random dots of different colors.  Place a design in the center of the owl.  The possibilities are endless. 

I had so much fun making these, that I decided to make a few more.  

I shared a similar set over at Lilaloa's "Fall Pantone Color Challenge".  If you want to see all the entries just click here.  

Until next time.................


  1. Wow..these are beautiful!!!! Your cookies just keep getting more beautiful with each new creation!!!!

  2. These are awesome Tami! Great tutorial. I just finished working on some owls too.

  3. WOW! Just wow! Girl, you are on fire! Your cookies and your pictures are blowing my mind away! I need to come to Amish Country and take some lessons from you! Hugs

  4. Until now, I've only seen Day of the Dead cookies done on skull cookies. Doing them on owl cutters was a stroke of brilliance. Love these.