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Pine Cone Owls You Can Eat

Supplies

3 cups  Chex  Chocolate cereal or comparable eg.             Chocolate  Fiber One cereal
6 pretzel sticks (I used the thicker dipping sticks)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
Mini Oreos
Reese's Pieces
Chocolate Tootsie Rolls
Lemon Tootsie Rolls
Orange Tootsie Rolls
Kitchen scissors

Instructions

Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.

Take a pretzel stick and mold some of the peanut butter mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape.

Holding it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, start inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.

Cut several cereal pieces into triangles and add those to the top (most pine cone scales get smaller toward the end.)

If your pine cone is getting too tall (like mine were), cut off the top of the pretzel and add a dollop of peanut butter mixture to cover it. Insert a few more triangle pieces of cereal into the top of the pine cone.

Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter, and powdered sugar in a bowl.

Take a pretzel stick and mold some of the peanut butter mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape.

Holding it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, start inserting pieces of cereal into the peanut butter mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward, until you get near the top.

Cut several cereal pieces into triangles and add those to the top (most pine cone scales get smaller toward the end.)

If your pinecone is getting too tall (like mine were), cut off the top of the pretzel and add a dollop of peanut butter mixture to cover it. Insert a few more triangle pieces of cereal into  the top of the pine cone.

Once we had our pine cones constructed, we let them firm up a little in the fridge (the dough gets soft when handled), while we prepared our owl making supplies using mini Oreo and Reese's Pieces for eyes chocolate Tootsie Rolls squished and trimmed, with kitchen scissors, for wings and orange and lemon Tootsie Rolls, also flattened and trimmed, for the beak and feet.

All of which we carefully stuck to our pine cones with small blobs of the left over dough.

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