Owl Snack Cakes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 owl cakes
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6 banana-flavored, marshmallow-filled snack cakes

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

12 standard cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (not double-stuffed), separated (plain-chocolate sides reserved for another use)

1/4 cup purchased caramel sauce or corn syrup

12 semisweet chocolate chips

6 whole almonds

36 orange candy-coated sunflower seeds (about 3 tablespoons) 


Special equipment:
3-inch round cookie cutter 2 small kitchen-dedicated art brushes
  1. Place the snack cakes on a parchment-lined work surface. Using the cookie cutter, gently score half circles onto each side of the cake to denote the owl's wings (don’t cut through, just make a line with the cutter). Use a dry art brush loaded with cocoa powder to color the half circle marks to denote the owl's wings.
  2. Place a chocolate chip onto the cream covered cookie halves to create pupils. Using a separate kitchen-dedicated art brush, brush a dime-sized portion of the caramel or corn syrup onto the back of each cookie to act as "glue." Place two cookies side-by-side onto the upper-third portion of the snack cake, creating eyes. Brush a small amount of caramel onto one side of a whole almond and place it just below each pair of owl eyes to create a beak. 
  3. Brush a small amount of caramel, approximately 1/2-inch long, onto the left and right bottom edge of the snack cake. Place three sunflower seeds, pointed-ends down, on each of the caramel brushstrokes to create talons. Repeat with the remaining snack cakes and ingredients. 
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