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Open Faced Whoopie Pie Owls recipe and tutorial

A Cute Hoot Open Faced Whoopie Pies from @KatrinasKitchen at

Some things are just cute: baby toes, an elderly couple walking hand-in-hand, a toothless kindergarten smile, a glowing mom-to-be, puppies, and THESE COOKIES!

Four Year Old Foodie and I worked on it together and he was able to help with just about every step. I can’t even begin to describe to you how easy it was to put these together. Oh wait – yes I can:

A Cute Hoot Open Faced Whoopie Pies from @KatrinasKitchen at

These were a quick treat for my sister-in-law’s birthday (she’s a bird lover). You could certainly make these with chocolate cupcakes but I used whoopie pies. My grocery store sells them in the bakery section in packs of four, so this turned out eight cute hoots. You could use your own whoopie pie recipe too. Moms, try to ignore the look of horror you get when you go through the checkout lane with whoopie pies, Oreos, Jr. Mints, and M&Ms.

A Cute Hoot Open Faced Whoopie Pies from @KatrinasKitchen at

The only steps that were not kid-friendly were cutting the eyebrow Oreos in half and also lightly scraping the Oreo creme with a butter knife. I did this to get a whiter eye and to take off any chocolate crumbs left after twisting the cookie open. To get a clean cut use a sharp flat knife or even a metal spatula. I think the best part of this task was having lots of “mess up” Oreos.

A Cute Hoot Open Faced Whoopie Pies from @KatrinasKitchen at


I think it was a success! He insisted on eating all of the “body parts” by himself but he did share the cookie with his mama!! Yum! 🙂

Have fun making these!

A Cute Hoot Open Faced Whoopie Pies from @KatrinasKitchen at


- Katrina

79 Responses to “A Cute Hoot!”

  1. #
    Hester Casey - Alchemy — March 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Very cute indeed – four year old foodie looks like he agrees wholeheartedly!

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    kitchenmorph — March 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

    katrina, i’m a big fan of you…such a sporty mom you’re. i “liked” you in the mom blogs…

    i didn even realise they were cookies intially…bravo! good show…keep it up!

    and a big buzzzzzz and huggggggggg!

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    Shawn — March 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Super Cute!

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    Lizzy — March 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

    What darling cookies! I think even I could make those 🙂

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    Priyanka — March 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Very very cute…..

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    Katrina — March 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Thank you!! Super-easy, right?! Yes Four Year Old Foodie didn’t want to give any to the birthday girl!! ha ha! ♥-K

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    kitchenmorph — March 17, 2011 at 11:01 am

    haha..that was very sweet katrina. thank you. forgot to tell you…chk out and these ladies need a shout out!!

    lemme head out to one another recipe of yours here…

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    Jill Colonna — March 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

    They are just brilliant! They certainly look easy and best of all, see that little face eating that huge cake! Katrina, you know how to make people happy!

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    Rosemary — March 17, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Very cute indeed . . . I’m sending this to my daughter. Her four year old is having a birthday Monday — this would be great for them to do together!

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    Mary at n00bcakes — March 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Gah, adorable! I like how it doesn’t require any complicated techniques either. I’ve read dessert decorating books that include all sorts of materials and techniques that you *know* you won’t be able to duplicate as perfectly as the pictures show. But these – I think I could pull these off to look just as cute as yours!

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    Katrina — March 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Mary- that is so true! I’m not kidding when I say my four year old put these together with almost no help from me. 🙂

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    Becky — March 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    These are too cute!!! I love the pic of your 4 yr old foodie! I was going to make cupcakes with my fiend’s 3 yr old twin boys, but we might make these. Wish me luck:)

  13. #
    Wilde in the Kitchen — March 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    These are super cute and I love that you used whoopie pies instead of cupcakes. They look like a great treat that comes together quickly!

  14. #
    Rachel — March 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Absolutely adorable! I LOVE, LOVE!

  15. #
    Anne Marie — March 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    This is an absolutely adorable idea. I love it and can’t wait to try!!

  16. #
    Sandra — March 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Oh Katrina this is soooo cool! I love this post, and for sure I’ll try to make this! You are so creative!

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    [email protected] — March 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    WHO wouldn’t love these! So great for kids to make and learn cooking is fun.

  18. #
    sweetsbysillianah — March 17, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    how cute!! i love seeing owl-themed anything! so creative… and yummy! =)

  19. #
    Butrcreamblondi — March 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Katrina these look sooo cute 🙂

  20. #
    Sinful Sundays — March 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    So cute! I love how somebody with no artistic skills (me) could probably put this together. 🙂

  21. #
    Sarah — March 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    oh my, these are darling!

  22. #
    [email protected] — March 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I LOVE this. It’s so fun and cute. Love your ideas!

  23. #
    Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It — March 17, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    So adorable!!!

  24. #
    Lauren — March 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    How cute! I love these. I will defiantly be making with my little ones this weekend. Thank you.

  25. #
    Mari — March 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Very cute I love them.

    Have a great afternoon.

  26. #
    Amy's Cooking Adventures — March 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Too cute & fun! My son will love these!

  27. #
    Brandie — March 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    These are the cutest things ever!! Ok wait. I think I say that for just about everything you make. Am I starting to sound repetitive? But it is so true. Another one bookmarked!!

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    Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets — March 17, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me know you made them. They look awesome and what a great idea using whoopie pies instead of cupcakes! Getting the white parts clean are the trickiest part, I agree, but you’re also totally right about the joys of having the “failed” ones to snack on. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  29. #
    Lexi — March 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Those are so cute. My sister loves owls so this would be perfect to make for her birthday!

  30. #
    egb — March 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Too cute! Great idea!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — March 18, 2011 at 12:54 am

    These are soo cute! What a great idea for your sister-in-law’s bday!

  32. #
    Pretty. Good. Food. — March 18, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Ok, these are ridiculously cute!!!! Great idea 🙂

  33. #
    Allison @ Alli 'n Son — March 18, 2011 at 2:51 am

    These are so cute! My son would get a kick out of then.

    Have you stopped by and linked up with Sweet Tooth Friday yet?

  34. #
    sara @ CaffeIna — March 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Simply adorable! I’m sure the kids at school would love them!

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    ameanderingmango — March 18, 2011 at 4:28 am

    Hi Katrina – thanks for stopping by on my blog and I’m so glad I found your blog – it’s lovely! I simply adore owls and these cookies looks fantastic. Can’t wait to see what’s next – thanks for sharing!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — March 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Oh I love Xiaolu, she’s the sweetest and so talented! I adore these little owl cupcakes, they are so expressive and adorable. Looks like your little guy really enjoyed them.

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    spontaneous-euphoria — March 18, 2011 at 9:10 am

    and I agree with all your “cute things” especially old couples! <3

    I have to try these! They look so easy! And FUN!

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    Kate From Scratch — March 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Those are ADORABLE! We are sooo going to make them once everyone’s feeling better. Super cute AND a special treat. doesn’t get better than that! Nom nom!

    p.s. Cute kid too!

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    Kristen — March 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    What fun cookies. I so wish that blogging was “in” when my sons were younger. There are so many wonderful ideas, like this one, available now. I love easy, delicious ways to bring pizazz to my kids’ eating experience.

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    Kate @ — March 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Oh my, that is adorable…and delicious! I don’t know if I’d leave any for the little foodie … 🙂 those are awfully cute!

  41. #
    Calamity Kate — March 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for visiting Calamity Kate’s Kitchen. Check it out, you have been featured in this weeks Friendly Friday.

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    foodblogandthedog — March 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    So cute! I saw these on 6 bittersweets too. All her stuff is amazing and the photos are always stunning too. Yours look just as good well done!!

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    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — March 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Those are so cute! What a fun idea and it’s actually super simple. I would have never though. Can’t wait to try these out for a kids party 🙂

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    Lin Ann — March 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    What a great idea and so cute! My daughter has to make cupcakes over the weekend for a service project, I think we’ll use this design. The kids she’s going to serve will just love them!

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    Cakewhiz — March 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    These are so creative and so cute… Kids will ave a “hoot” with these….hehe.

  46. #
    Kimberly — March 19, 2011 at 4:21 am

    So adorable! Love this idea, and can see why they are such a huge hit.

  47. #
    Tina (PinayInTexas) — March 19, 2011 at 5:34 am

    Such a wonderful treat! My girls will surely love this!

  48. #
    thequirkykitchen — March 19, 2011 at 7:26 am

    So so cute! I just stumbled upon your blog – it’s so great! I’ll definately be back 🙂

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    Angellove's Cooking — March 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

    The cutest design :)I have seen recently!!! I love it 🙂 I definitely will implement your cute idea!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on Top 9!!!

  50. #
    Shawn — March 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Hey!!! I’m back to congratulate you on making the “Foodbuzz Top 9”!!!

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    Chef Dennis — March 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    you are so creative Katrina!
    Those cookies are just too cute
    Congrats on your top 9 today!

  52. # — March 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Awwww! They are soooo cute indeed, and you gave them a personnality too! Not sure I’d even want to eat them, lest they would give me the eye, you know… “Hey, buddy, that’s my eyebrow, give it back!” Well done, and congrats on making the top 9!

  53. #
    Food Frenzy — March 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Very clever and creative idea. But yet so simple to do. Congrats on the top 9.

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    Peggy — March 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    These are adorable! Definitely a “hoot!” =)

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    Christi @ Love From The Oven — March 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    How stinking cute are those???? Congrats on top 9 girl!!!! 🙂

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    Kim - Liv Life — March 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Love, love, love these! My Girl Scouts would have loved them… unfortunately they grew up. But I’ll be sure to pass this on to the new leader!
    Love that pic of your little guy, you are so right about cute things. Congrats on the Top 9!!

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    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — March 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hey again! Congrats on making the top 9! These owls are just too cute that I am passing on another award to you – The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award that you can receive here:

  58. #
    visda — March 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    So adorable! I love it. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.:-)

  59. #
    briarrose — March 19, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I love these…they are just too adorable.

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    Mateja ^_^ — March 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Wow, these are so beautiful, you are so creative!!!!! Congrats on Top 9 featuring 🙂

  61. #
    Biren @ Roti n Rice — March 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    This is super cute!

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    Plateful — March 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Ooh wow, what a fun way to serve cookies to kids. My boys just love oreo biscuits and they’re gonna love this too, I know 🙂 The pictorials made it all so simple and easy to follow, thanks!!

  63. #
    Sonia — March 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Wow…the hoots are looking too gud… !

  64. #
    The Addicted Baker — March 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    You have the best ideas. I just love your blog. Keep up the great work!

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — March 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Aw, these are indeed cute! My friend’s sister is doing owl-everything for her pregnancy since they’re waiting on the sex of the baby. I’ll have to tell her about these!

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    Laura — March 20, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Cute cookies! I think my two year old might be able to help with this one! Congrats on the nomination. I “liked” your blog on Babble!

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    Brown Cookie Blog — March 20, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Beautiful combination of color and design! I am going to try this one. I think using smaller oreos may work just as well for mini cupcakes! Love this!!!

  68. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 20, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Love this! I’ve seen these before but never the process or what was used for everything. Very cute 🙂

  69. #
    Jennifurla — March 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Hi, Love your blog. I am your newest follower. Cant wait to see more

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    kitchenmorph — March 21, 2011 at 2:58 am

    i had to come back here to congratulate on the top 9! you make us proud!

  71. #
    Chris's Gourmet Fashion — March 21, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Too cute for words. Your pictures say it all 🙂

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    Evan @swEEts — March 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I think this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I love it.. I want a party to go to now so I can make these!

  73. #
    Eftychia — March 23, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    My kids will love this idea. Very cute little boy!!

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    A Hootie Hoot — March 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    You are so right! I love this post! Thanks for letting me know about it! I’m going to save this and make these when my son gets a little older.

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    SarahWW — March 27, 2011 at 5:40 am

    wow~! That’s so CUte!!!!~ I love this and definitely will have a try!~thx for sharing this simple method~!


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    Lin Ann — March 28, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Hi again, we made them! Check them out when you get a chance. Thanks for your great idea!

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    Lin Ann — March 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Thanks Katrina! That sounds great. So glad you love them!

  78. #
    kouky — March 31, 2011 at 8:36 am

    merci Katrina pour cette superbe idée!! ça a été un véritable bonheur de les préparer!!
    bonne journée! bises!

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    kellypea — October 1, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Well these are completely darling — thanks for the memories. My boys are all grown up and I have not a grandchild in sight, but LOVE your creativity!

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