A wise choice for cookie-lovers. For generations, kids have been getting a hoot out of these sweet owl treats. They're great to make for a bake sale or school party.
In a mixing bowl combine cream the butter and sugars. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt.
Add the dry mixture to the liquid mixture and beat until combined. Now put a third of the dough into another bowl and mix in the melted chocolate. Wrap both doughs in waxed paper and chill them for 2 hours.
With clean hands, shape the chocolate dough into two 8-inch-long ropes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the plain dough into two 8- by 4-inch rectangles.
Wrap each chocolate rope in plain dough (this makes a log with a chocolate center). Wrap the dough with plastic and chill it until firm, about 1 hour.
Heat the oven to 350º F. Cut each dough log into 3/8-inch slices. Arrange pairs of slices side by side on an ungreased cookie sheet, gently squeezing them together to create an owl face. Pinch the upper corners to form ears. Press chocolate chip eyes (tip down) and cashew beaks into the dough, as shown.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Leave them on the cookie sheet a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack, as they will be fragile when warm. Makes about 20 cookies.