Bear Paw Cookies

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These bear paw cookies are not just fun but SO easy! This is one of those things that make you go, why didn’t I think of this sooner? All you really need is a basic sugar cookie recipe and some chocolate. Voila!

Bear Paw Cookies

The base of these cookies are the same as our favorite sugar cookies. It is a nice soft and chewy cookie. You can roll the balls of dough in granulated sugar if preferred. Or just put them directly onto the cookie sheet.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Butter – make sure to use unsalted butter. Different brands of butter have different amounts of salt, so we like control the amount of salt going in the recipe.
  • Sweetener – we use granulated sugar.
  • Eggs – you will only need one egg.
  • Flavoring – you will use vanilla extract for these cookies.
  • Dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Decorating – 1 bag of Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers, only need 24 wafer chips and semi sweet chocolate chips (only 3 chips go onto each cookie for the claws).


Bear Paw Cookies

How To Make Bear Paw Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until creamy
  4. Add in the egg and egg yolk, vanilla and beat to combine.
  5. Add in the baking soda, cornstarch, salt and flour and beat until a soft dough forms.
  6. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough into your hands and roll it
  7. Place dough onto cookie sheet and bake 9-12 minutes.
  8. Once cookies are baked, place a melting wafer into the center of the cookie for the pad of the paw
  9. Then place 3 chocolate chips above the paw for the claws
  10. Repeat steps with remaining dough and cookies
  11. Let cookies cool for about 30 minutes before enjoying!
Bear Paw Cookies

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Bear Paw Cookies
5 from 8 votes

Bear Paw Cookies

These bear paw cookies are not just fun but SO easy! This is one of those things that make you go, why didn’t I think of this sooner? All you really need is a basic sugar cookie recipe and some chocolate.
Servings: 24 cookies
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 9 mins
Total: 19 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 bag of ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers only need 24 wafer chips
  • 1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips only 3 chips go onto each cookie for the claws

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Line cookie sheet with a cookie mat (or parchment paper) and set aside
  • Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add in the egg, vanilla and beat to combine.
  • Add in the baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour and beat until a soft dough forms.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop dough into your hands and roll it into a ball. Roll in extra sugar if desired.
  • Place dough onto cookie sheet 2 inches apart and bake 9-12 minutes.
  • Once cookies are baked, place a melting wafer into the center of the cookie for the pad of the paw
  • Then place 3 chocolate chips above the paw for the claws.
  • Repeat steps with remaining dough and cookies.
  • Let cookies cool for about 30 minutes before enjoying!

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 58mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg

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21 comments on “Bear Paw Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    The taste of these cookies is amazing! However, I’m just wondering if there’s a trick to making them stay “puffy.” Every single time I took the pan out of the oven, the cookies deflated. They were still cute and very tasty, but they did not in any way look like the ones in your picture. Did I do something wrong or is there a trick to this?

    1. Rhonda Reinhardt

      I heard using baking powder instead of baking soda would keep them puffy.

    1. I made these in the past with the Espresso powder and we loved them. I don’t see it listed in the current recipe. What was the measurement of the Espresso powder?

    2. 5 stars
      Bev, I’m glad I’m not the only one who noticed!  I was going to send a link to this recipe, but then noticed not espresso powder.  I think that is what made them so special. Thankfully, I printed out the recipe when I made previously.  1 tsp instant espresso power.

  2. These look so cute but im not big on sugar cookies do you think making a peanutbutter cookie dough would work?

  3. 5 stars
    Could I make these using packaged sugar cookie dough instead of the scratch better? My two sons aren’t as helpful in the kitchen as your three…

  4. I know this might be a crazy question to ask but can anyone tell me what sweet cream butter is and how it’s made
    Thank you
    Cindy

    1. Hey Peggy, our Wild Eats and Adorable Treats book is available on Amazon. Click on the picture of the book on our homepage. Thanks!

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