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- 1/4 Cup Organic Non-Hydrogenated Palm Shortening, Room Temperature
- 1/4 Cup Light Vegan Butter, Room Temperature
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Flax
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
- 2 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder
- 14 Whole Cashews
- Jumbo Confetti Sprinkles
- Sugar for sprinkling
With an electric mixer cream together sugar, brown sugar, shortening, butter and ground flax. Add vanilla, water and maple syrup and mix together. Slowly add flour, baking powder and soda and salt.
Split 1/3 of the dough and place back into mixing bowl and add cocoa powder and incorporate into dough. Take the remaining 2/3 of the dough and incorporate 6 drops each of red and yellow food coloring.
To shape the cookies roll orange dough out onto a floured surface, shaping it into a rectangle that is 11 inch wide and 6 1/2 inches in heights. Roll the chocolate dough into a an 11 inch dowel. Place that in the middle of the orange rectangle. Bring the ends up and join them together making a tear drop shape with a flat bottom. cover in plastic wrap and place on a cookie sheet and let chill in the fridge for at least 5 hours.
Preheat Oven to 325°.
After the dough has chilled, slice off the very ends of the dough to create a flat surface to start slicing. Keep the ends, we are going to use them to check for done-ness. Slice into about 3/8 inch slices. Place them on a cookie sheet butting the sides together of 2 slices to form the owl shape. With your hands move the ears over further towards the side with your hand and adjust the bottom by rounding it more. Place a whole cashew in the middle for the nose and 2 jumbo confetti sprinkles for the eyes.
Sprinkle the tops with sugar and place in the oven. Bake for about 12 minutes. Use one of the ends we saved for the first batch and place it on the cookie sheet with the cookies. These cookies are delicate before they have cooled, so using the end piece we can use and abuse it to see how brown the bottom is getting and save us from tearing apart our precious owls. The bottoms should be lightly browned and not at all brown on the top. Don't over cook these or they will be too crunchy. We want a soft shortbread type cookie. So watch your baby owls like a mother owl would her own. : )
After they are out of the oven, let them cool completely before you take them off the cookie sheet.