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Bear Paw Cookies

Our own adaptation of this recipe, this vanilla cookie is a white, puffy canvas for the chocolate paw print that sits on top. You don’t even frost the cookie- although, if you wanted, you could absolutely frost the cookie and then set the chocolate on top of the tacky frost for a similar affect with extra sugar. The entire decoration is as simple as a single chocolate melting wafer and three chocolate chips. Which, if you’re decoration impaired (like me) is a blessing. And yes, I am too decoration impaired. If you asked me to make you a dessert, I could 100% create a master piece. But ask me to then apply a multiply colored glaze with a toothpick on top of that dessert, or preform intricate piping work or ask me to do sugar work- I am utterly lost. We’re no longer even speaking the same language. (Seriously, what the heck even is sugar work? I have no idea!)

So, if you can relate, then this recipe is for you. Or, if you’re one of those people for whom decorating isn’t your Achilles heel, then A) I’m insanely jealous of your culinary wizard skills and B) I equally confident that you can make this too. And you should, because it’s simple, cute, and tasty. Plus it looks like a paw print in the snow. And speaking for myself, when I see a paw print in the snow, it always draws me in.

AuthorMackieDifficultyBeginner

 ½ cup Shortening
 1 cup Sugar
 2 tsp Vanilla
 2 Eggs
 ½ cup Milk
 1 tsp Baking soda
 2 ½ cups Flour
 4 tsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Salt
 24 Dark chocolate melting wafers
 72 Chocolate chips (3 for each claw)

1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2

Cream the shortening and the sugar. Once the mixture is homogeneous, add the vanilla, eggs, and milk. Beat until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Scoop just 1 tablespoon of batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. These cookies really grow once you put them in the oven, so space them so that each cookie has room to double in size. Bake for 10 minutes.

3

Once the edges of the cookies just turn golden brown, remove the cookies from the oven. While the cookies are still hot, place one chocolate wafer just under the center of the cookie. Add three chocolate chips onto the top of the cookie; allow to cool completely before serving.

Ingredients

 ½ cup Shortening
 1 cup Sugar
 2 tsp Vanilla
 2 Eggs
 ½ cup Milk
 1 tsp Baking soda
 2 ½ cups Flour
 4 tsp Baking powder
 1 tsp Salt
 24 Dark chocolate melting wafers
 72 Chocolate chips (3 for each claw)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2

Cream the shortening and the sugar. Once the mixture is homogeneous, add the vanilla, eggs, and milk. Beat until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Scoop just 1 tablespoon of batter onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. These cookies really grow once you put them in the oven, so space them so that each cookie has room to double in size. Bake for 10 minutes.

3

Once the edges of the cookies just turn golden brown, remove the cookies from the oven. While the cookies are still hot, place one chocolate wafer just under the center of the cookie. Add three chocolate chips onto the top of the cookie; allow to cool completely before serving.

Bear Paw Cookies

Thanks to Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons for the inspiration!

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