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Huggy Bear Cookies

huggy bear cookie recipe

Yesterday I found myself in the mood for some festive baking.

Wanting to do so, I remembered a picture that I accidentally found in the deep deep waters of the internet a couple of weeks ago. It was a picture of cute bear cookies with each little bear holding a treat in its arms. How adorable!

To replicate the cookies I used a very simple sugar cookie dough that does not change the shape that much while baking. As an item for the bears to hug :) I chose almonds and golden jumbo raisins (I have to admit that I liked the latter a little better).

Here’s all that followed…

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about 1/8 inch
(0.3 cm) thickness.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you’ve lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
 

huggy bear cookie recipe

Here’s a selection of the treats I’ve chosen – almonds and golden jumbo raisins.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

7. Finally fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don’t open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

And cheers to Holiday baking!

With love,
Petra

(This amazing recipe was inspired by www.neol.jp and www.inkatrinaskitchen.com.)

Huggy Bear Cookies
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Serves: 60 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (226 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups (420 grams) all-purpose flour
  • almonds and jumbo raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) thickness.
  6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you've lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
  7. Fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don't open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.
  8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

 

Happy New Year! … And A Photo #1

happy-new-year-2013

I wish you all a blessed and peaceful New Year!

I would also like to thank you for your kind support over the past year! I’ve said it a few times before but I am probably never going to stop saying it – you are simply the BEST!

 

And now about the New Year’s resolutions… I usually only have a few, if any, but for this year I thought it would be fine to start a little everyday online photo diary. In other words, I would like to attempt to post one photo of my everyday life a day. Here on my blog. One photo for each day of this year. 365 photos altogether. It sounds great to me. Challenging though. But very interesting. So let’s see if I can do it…

And what about you, dear friends, do you have any resolutions for this year? Do tell!

Love,

Petra

 

New Pattern ~ Crochet Christmas Owl Ornaments

crochet owl Christmas ornaments pattern

Crochet Christmas ornaments are so much fun to make around the holidays.

Crocheters and crafters surely know how incredibly relaxing and satisfying it is to immerse themselves in their projects.

I do know that feeling and I love it!

 

And if you are looking for a simple, cute, and lovely project for the upcoming holidays,
then you surely need to make some of these colorful owls.

They have googly eyes.

And they will make you smile.

All in all, they will definitely make your holiday season even more special.

For more information, click this link to get to my shop.

Enjoy!

With love,

Petra

Happy Holidays!

 

I am sending my love and warm greetings from my home to yours.

Have the most wonderful Holidays!