Growing up, there was a house on The Hill (a neighborhood in my town named so because it sat on a slight slant) that had the great pressure of living up to its reputation every Halloween. This home sat on the corner of the block with its huge bay windows–it was the perfect setting for the re-enactment of the famous shower scene from “Psycho.” Needless to say it was an attraction spot every year for us kids, and despite the fact that I knew what it would look like, I anticipated trick-or-treating at that house as much as I did the year before. 

I had this grandiose idea when I was 13 years old to try to create a haunted house of my own. Maybe it was my way of competing with the monopoly that house had in my town (yeah, like I knew what that even meant as a kid!) or maybe it was one of the many crazy ideas/stunts I pulled (in that list would go down as: Turning my front yard into a carnival, the obsessive need to turn the dining room into a pretend land of playing Restaurant, or even the time I married off my Cabbage Patch doll–I took the preparation duties very seriously!) I guess this explains my Halloween e-book:

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I was born to do something with my wild imagination, I truly believe it.

Speaking of which, allow me to take this great opportunity to shamelessly plug my e-book: BUY IT HERE for only $7 for 15 INCREDIBLY scary gluten, egg, and dairy-free Halloween treats. I promise it’s better and more imaginative than what I am about to explain…

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, the haunted house. Oh, the hours I labored over this damn thing! I recall sitting in my living room that faced the street, measuring the windows to ensure that my cardboard cut-outs of coffins and silhouettes of scary figures fit properly. I desperately pulled cotton balls apart in attempts to recreate spider webs.

Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies - Fork & Beans

I even rented a tape from the local library full of scary sounds and noises, guaranteed to send chills up any passer-byers’ back, what with its cackles, screams, and devilish laughter. 

Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies - Fork & Beans

The haunted house sucked, friends. No one showed up. My cobwebs looked like globs of white poof. The cardboard cut-outs sadly flopped down. The only thing that remotely resembled Halloween was the tape I rented.  It’s a good thing my skills evolved…

Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. Favorite Sugar cookie recipe (see below for link)
  2. Royal icing (1/2 c. powdered sugar + 1 tsp. water = mix until a thick paste)
  3. sliced almonds
  4. Edible eyes
  5. Orange Dots candies for beak and feet
  6. 3-4" circle cookie cutter
Instructions
  1. Follow sugar cookie recipe, using the circular cookie cutter. Each cookie uses 2 circles: 1 for the body, 1 cut in half for the wings. Allow to completely cool.
  2. Coat body circle with royal icing.
  3. Place sliced almonds, orange Dots candy for the beak, and edible eyes on top.
  4. Secure the circle halves on each side with more royal icing and allow to set a good 10 minutes.
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 For a gluten, egg, and dairy-free Sugar Cookie recipe, use THIS ONE if you like.

Halloween Owl Sugar Cookies - Fork & Beans

With or without feet!

 

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