Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter

I got an email a few weeks ago asking me to participate in a pumpkin cutter challenge. The email was from the amazingly talented Callye from Sweet Sugar Belle. She said she wanted to show 20+ ways to use a pumpkin cutter. I was so excited because I could only imagine what all the super talented ladies were going to come up with. Projects like this are fun and get the creative juices flowing. You can get a lot of ideas by seeing how several people take the same cutter and get different ideas. I decided to make an owl cookie with a pumpkin cutter.

Owl Cookies make with a Pumpkin Cutter by www.thebearfootbaker.comSo what to make with a pumpkin cutter. I didn’t know what I was going to make until I pulled out all my pumpkin cutters and flipped them all around and I saw an owl. I didn’t want to do a flat owl because I have been on a texture kick lately and wanted to make a fluffy  feathery friend. With a #3 tip, leaf tip #352,  and very little effort, you can create a lot of texture really fast.

Supplies for Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter:

Leaf tip #352
#3 Tip
Orange 15 Second Icing
Chocolate Brown Outline Icing (for branch)
Lighter Brown Flood Icing (for branch)
Royal Icing Eyes made with tip #9FT

Snow Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter Colors: 

Off-White Thick Icing (Mix white with a touch of Ivory)
Thick Gray Icing

Brown Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter Colors:

Brown Thick Icing
Lighter Brown

Note: I am only showing the tutorial for the snow owl.

Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.comFirst, make the royal icing transfer eyes a few day before the owls. You need to make the black centers a few days before you make the base part. I made all white for these so please ignore the blue eyes. I planned on using them but, changed my mind at the last minute. Once the white eyes were dry I used the airbrush gun to make them the colors I wanted. These were made with a cupcake tip# 9FT.

  1. Hold the bag straight up and down but, don’t let the tip touch the wax paper.
  2. Keeping the tip steady, squeeze the icing util you get the size eye you want then stop squeezing and pull straight up.
  3. Then, add the black royal icing circle. I keep several jars of these on hand. I store them in jars arranged by size.

Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.comNow for the branch.

  1. Outline the branch with the dark brown icing.
  2. Then, flood with the light brown icing.
  3. Next, use the dark brown icing to make squiggly lines on the log when you spray.
  4. This step is optional. If you want add some detail to the branch, you can airbrush it. Let it dry for about 30 minutes and spray the edges of the branch brown with the airbrush gun set on low. Hold the gun about an inch away from the log.
  5. Make the toes with the orange icing. Make the outer toes first and let them dry for a few minutes then, make the center one.
Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.comNow you are ready to make the chest feathers. With the off white thick icing and a #3 tip read this tutorial. Overlap the chest feathers on the toes some so they don’t look like floating feet.
Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.com
To make the feathers on the wings the icing needs to be thick enough to hold its shape when piped.
To get the two tone feathers like in the picture above, make a line of the thick gray icing down one side of the bag before you add your off white icing. Use the picture above as a guide. It doesn’t have to be neat and you can use a butter knife to place it in the bag.
Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.com
Make the feathers with tip #352
  1. Hold the tip with the points at the top and bottom and the slits on the sides.
  2. Holding the tip just slightly above the cookie, gently squeeze the bag.
  3. Apply pressure until the leaf base is a wide as you want it.
  4. Slowly release pressure as you pull the bag up giving a quick pull at the end to form a tip.
  5. Place them close together so your cookie doesn’t show.
  6. Notice how the gray is on the right on some of the feathers and left on the others. I would flip the bag upside down so it didn’t look so uniform.
Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.com
While the icing is still wet, add the eyes. I took this picture to show you how I airbrushed the white eye to make it gray. If you don’t want to airbrush them, just make them with light gray icing. If you make the brown owl, make the eyes a yellowish brown.
Add an orange beak and you are all done!
Textured Owl Cookies via thebearfootbaker.com
Well, anyWhooo, Whooo” that is what I made with my pumpkin cutter. There are so many other things you can do with this shape. Look at all the wonderful creations the other bloggers in this project came up with. Their talent blows me away! Be sure to visit their blogs. And THANK YOU CALLYE for allowing me to play! It was a blast!

Owl Cookie with a Pumpkin Cutter thebearfootbaker.com

  1. Panda Calaveras, Miss Cuit
  2. Owl S’mores on a Stick, Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons
  3. Pumpkin Cheesecake Pasties, Bakingdom
  4. Halloween Pumpkin Wall, Arty McGoo
  5. Cocoa Krispies Trick or Treat Bears, Hungry Happenings
  6. Creative Cherry Cookies, Lila Loa
  7. The Ultimate Halloween Candy Bar, Dollhouse Bake Shoppe
  8. Halloween Pumpkin Carriage Cookie, Trilogy Edibles
  9. Easy Cheveron Pumpkin Cookies, Lizy B Bakes
  10. Pumpkin Fudge on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie
  11. Funny Face Pumpkin Cookies, Munchkin Munchies
  12. Woodland Owl Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker
  13. Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies, Created by Diane
  14. Wide Eyed Owl Cookies, Simply Sweets by Honeybee
  15. Zombie Girl and Brains Cookies, Not Your Momma’s Cookies
  16. Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Fudge, The Partiologist
  17. 3-D Pumpkin Cookie, Cookie Crazie
  18. Faberge-Style Pumpkin Coach, Oh, Sugar Events
  19. Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Cupcake Topper, Sweetology 101
  20. Slimy Green Ghost Cookies, Pink Little Cake
  21. Silly Pumpkin Face Cookies, Klickitat Street
  22. Pretty Painted Pumpkin Cookies, Glorious Treats
  23. Lalaloopsie Cookies with a Twist, SweetSugarBelle

Happy Creating,


  1. says

    What HOOT!!!! Great idea to flip that cutter over and make it into an owl, you are amazing!!! So happy to be included on this great project w/ people I so admire!!

  2. says

    First of all, I love how texture-intense your owls are! Gives them real life! Super pizzazz! Secondly, the tip that you used to make the eyes is lovely! Do you think I could pick that up at my local bake shop (not Michael’s, a family owned small business) or is it a pretty random internet-order type of thing?

  3. says

    What amazing details you made in these owl cookies,the texture and the use of different tips make them so unique. I love the eyes also.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kim (SugaryGoodness) says

    More super awesome OWLS!! I love these too Lisa! I really love their eyes!! Owls with a pumpkin cutter! I must get out my pumpkins and see what I can do!

  5. Maryann - Cookie Artisan says

    Oh my gosh – how delightful these guys are – show stoppers indeed! I can’t get over how much detail you have on one cookie with each feather so lovingly piped! I LOVE how you did the eyes!!! Great tutorial too – I’ve been holding the leaf tip wrong all this time……….I really should take a cake decorating class one day! BRAVO!!

  6. says

    I have indeed spent hours today looking at all the amazing pumpkin cutter creations. Ooops, I just realize there is laundry sitting in the washing machine. Better go take care of that, but before I do, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your owls. They are really beautiful. The eyes are perfect.

  7. says

    Oh Lisa! These have GOT to be the MOST beautiful owl cookies I have EVER seen! Just amazing! The eyes really make these pop and the feathers look so fantastic. Take a big bow my sweet friend as you have just totally out done yourself!

  8. says

    Lisa, these are just amazing. I am in awe, really. The texture is gorgeous, the airbrushing is perfect! Honored to be in your cookie presence! Can’t wait to meet you in November!

  9. says

    What is going on here? This is stupendous! what? wow. Nice. I guess you could do any animal then. You are talented. I know I hear that a lot from friends and family but this is talent and ingenuity. Good for you! It’s a pleasure to look at something like this. Linda

  10. says

    Okay, bought a pumpkin cutter and cannot wait to use this technique. I will also try and incorporate your painting technique(with the trucks) on the branches since I don’t have a air brush gun. You are brilliant!!!

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