Introduction: Owl and Mice Cheese Balls

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In this instructable, I will show you how to make adorable and delicious owl and mice cheese balls. You might be surprised at how simple they really are to make. I came up with a yummy peanut butter and cream cheese recipe, as I was tasked with bringing a dessert to a holiday party. You could easily use this concept to make a savory cheese ball as well, using your favorite cheese ball recipes. When I am shooting for a savory option, I typically make cheddar cheese and chive or pepper jack and jalapeno cheese balls.

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Honey Roasted Peanut Butter

1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar

4 8oz Package Cream Cheese

1 Reese's Candy Bar

1 Butterfinger Bar

1/3 Cup Marshmallow Cream

1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

1 Cup Honey Roasted Peanuts

1 Package of Shredded Coconut

2 Miniature Peanut Butter Cups

1 Cashew Nut

1 Small Package of Pretzel Sticks

1/3 lb Almond Slices

2-3 Pieces of Saltwater Taffy

Supplies:

2 Bowls

Mixing Spoon

Knife

Cutting Board

Plastic Wrap

Wax Paper

Microwave

Measuring Cups

1 Plate

Step 2: Cheese Ball Mix

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Open your 4 packages of cream cheese and place in a large mixing bowl. They will be easier to mix if you don't pull them straight out of the refrigerator. I let mine sit out on the counter for about 15 minutes.

Add 1/3 of a cup of light brown sugar and 1/2 of a cup of honey roasted peanut butter. Darker brown sugar will also work just fine if you don't have light. I used fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter, but you can use whatever kind you like.

Chop the Butterfinger and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Add them to the mixing bowl.

Add 1/3 of a cup of Marshmallow Cream to the mixing bowl.

Stir the mixture until combined.

Add 1/4 of a cup of powdered sugar.

Stir until the powdered sugar is incorporated into the mixture.

Step 3: Chilling the Mix

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Remove some of the mixture into a separate bowl for the mice. I removed somewhere between 1/4-1/3 of the mix. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Place the remaining mixture, for the owl, in an oblong shape on some plastic wrap. Tightly seal the plastic wrap and place the owl and mice mixtures in the refrigerator to chill.

Step 4: While the Mixture Is Chilling

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Finely chop approximately 1 cup of honey roaster peanuts and set aside.

Sprinkle a cookie sheet with coconut shreds and place in a 375 degree preheated oven. Stir the coconut every minute or so until a nice golden brown. Remove from the oven and slide the coconut onto a plate to cool.

Step 5: Molding the Owl

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Remove the owl mixture from the refrigerator and take off the plastic wrap. Start molding it into the shape of an owl. You will want its base to be somewhat flat so that it can sit on its own. Determine where the eyes and ears will be and mold the mixture.

Once you have the basic shape, set the bottom of the owl into the chopped peanuts. Roll the back of the owl into the peanuts and a little bit to the sides.

Sprinkle some of the nuts on the top of the head between the ears.

Step 6: Owl Wings

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Dump your almond slices onto a plate for easy sorting. Starting at the base of the owl, start placing the tip of the slices of almonds into the mixture. You will want them to slowly tapper up and back. Complete on both sides of the owl.

Step 7: Eyes and Beak

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Place the two small peanut butter cups for the eyes. Stick the small side of the cup into the mixture until it will stay on its own.

Place a cashew nut for the owls beak.

Similar to the wings, place slices of almonds around the peanut butter cups. Place about two rings of almond slices around each eye.

Step 8: Owl Belly

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Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the shoulders of the owls until only a nice round belly of uncoated mixture remains.

Take small handfuls of the toasted coconut and press it into the owl belly until it is fully coated.

Carefully pick the owl up and place it onto your servingware.

Step 9: Nest

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Take some pretzel sticks and place them around the base of the owl to make a nest. Place the owl back in the refrigerator while moving on to the mice.

Step 10: Mice

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Give the left over nuts from the owl another chopping session to make them a little finer.

Take a good sized spoonful of the mix and roll in your hands. Shape it into a tear drop and place one your cutting board. Continue this process until you are out of the mixture or have as many mice as you would like.

Roll the mice in the chopped peanuts until they are well coated on all sides.

Step 11: Mice Tails

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Place a couple pieces of saltwater taffy into the microwave. Microwave only a few seconds at a time till soft but not hot. Mix the soft pieces of taffy together. Pull small sections of the taffy off and place on wax paper to form little tails. If you get one that you don't like you can mix it back in and try again. If the taffy starts to get to firm, place it back in the microwave for a few seconds. Once you are done making your tails, allow them to cool down and firm up. It should only take a couple of minutes.

Step 12: Mouse Assembly

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Place a taffy tail on each mouse.

Use two almond slices on each mouse for the ears.

When all the mice are completed, add them onto the servingware with the owl.

Step 13: Finished Owl and Mice Cheese Balls

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These are delicious with pretzels or gram crackers. You will want to keep them refrigerated until ready to serve.

Comments

VictoriousVixen (author)2016-12-01

This is absolutely *darling*!!! I agree with the other comment - it would be SO hard to start eating this, esp for me, as Owls & Bats are some of my very favorite animals! (Though I wish Owls were vegetarians - ha!) I would *love* to take this to a Holiday get together, but my family isn't into sweets. Do you think you'd be willing to share your recipes for your savory Cheese Balls? And also, as there isn't a photo showing a view of the side/back all the way around, do the almond slices only form the wing shapes on the sides, halfway onto the front & back, up to the shoulder and down? I think that's what you did, but I just wanted to clarify. You did such a fantastic job on this little guy, esp the perfect under form of the cheese ball itself - I can't even tell you how much I'm smiling right now!! :D His little chubby round body is just.... GAH! <3 lol This is the first Instructable I've found of yours, and so I'm going to peek and see if you've made any other animal things. If you haven't, you should - you're so very talented at it. :) :) :) Congrats!

Here are a few yummy recipes. Feel free to alter them. Cheese balls are pretty forgiving. These use only 2 packages of cream cheese so you will want to double them for the owl and mice.

Pesto Cheese Ball

2 8oz packages of cream cheese

1/2 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/3 Cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 Tbsp Pesto

1/3 Cup diced sun-dried tomatoes

1/3 Cup chopped olives

Combined all ingredients until evenly combined.

Salmon Cheese Ball

2 8oz packages of cream cheese

7.5 oz can of Salmon, drained and crumbled

2-3 Green onions finely chopped

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Optional- 1/2 cup of shredded cheese of your choice

Mix together all ingredients until evenly combined.

Jalapeno Cheese Ball

2 8oz packages of cream cheese

1/4 Cup finely chopped white onion

1 7oz can green chilies

1 Jalapeno, finely chopped and lightly sauteed. Cool before mixing.

1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 Cup Shredded pepper jack cheese

Sprinkle of salt and pepper

Mix all the ingredients together until evenly combined.

Owl Feet- If you don't want to do a pretzel owl nest and use sliced almonds for it's tail feathers, Pecan, Brazil or Cashew nuts work great for its little feet. :-)

I don't have a picture of the back directly, but this gives you a better idea of the wing shape. You could also use some almond slices on the back rump of the owl for tail feathers. I think that would be rather adorable. I am still checking to see if I have a recipe written down hidden in a drawer somewhere. I usually just mix stuff but I made some I really liked last year and I am hoping I have it somewhere. If not, maybe I will just make one tonight and let you know exactly how much of what I put in it. I frequently just mix different things in till I like the flavor and consistency. You will likely want to switch out the coconut as it is sweet. You could use a shredded or grated cheese for the belly. You could use slices of carrots or olives for the eyes. You could use carrots shreds for the tails of the mice.

I am not home at the moment but I will see what I have of for pictures of the back when I get home. I will also find a recipe and post it here. :-)

Ty Ali (author)2016-11-29

Wow! The attention to detail in this is amazing. I'll definitely make this when I have guests over. Thanks for posting!

HeartCrafting (author)Ty Ali2016-11-29

Thank you, I would love to hear how it turns out. If you end up having any questions, let me know and I will try and help.

Cherzer (author)2016-11-27

That owl is just too cute to eat!

HeartCrafting (author)Cherzer2016-11-27

My family was a little slow to dig in and try it because nobody wanted to mess it up. Lol, one of my little cousins ate a mouse all by itself and not as a dip.

ColyW (author)2016-11-27

Looks brilliant. Nice one!

Just wish I had the patience to do this.

HeartCrafting (author)ColyW2016-11-27

;-) Surprising, it didn't really take that that long for actual assembly. The mice are super easy to make!

ColyW (author)HeartCrafting2016-11-27

Oh I would just eat it all before the crafting part.

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