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Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Owls

Since Dylan doesn't have any allergies in his class, we went with a white whole wheat sugar cookie.  I tried to talk him into an "OWL Love You Forever" card to accompany these Valentine treats, but he informed me: "Mommy, I'm not going to marry anyone in my class.  If I write that I love them, that's a lie."  Glad we straightened that out.

 1 C butter
1/2 C raw sugar
3 C white whole wheat flour
2 T cinnamon
splash of olive oil*
1 T star anise-infused water* (see my star anise chocolate-dipped marshmallow recipe)

*These last two ingredients were added because my dough was a little too dry.  An egg could have helped, or even a bit of applesauce.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Stir in flour and cinnamon.  [Add a bit of moisture - oil, water, egg, or applesauce - as needed.]  Bring the mixture together into a ball.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour. 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out dough and cut to whatever shape you want.  Place on a baking sheet and bake till golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.  Leave cookies on sheet for 5 minutes to set.  Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Dylan dipped his in melted semi-sweet chocolate and decorated them with coconut, sprinkles, and red hots.  I went for a more austere look, dipping the cookies in chocolate, but only putting two white chocolate chips for the eyes.


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