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.

Enjoying…

crochet and colorful owl mug

Hi, dear friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season and that you have enough time to enjoy the lovely simple things around you.

Here are a few lovely simple things that have been making me very happy lately…

Like the owl mug shown in the picture above? Yes, it is my new find on the mug front and I’ve been thinking… could a mug possibly get more adorable?
 

small Christmas tree with crochet Christmas balls

These days, I really love the corner in my craft room. During the months of winter, I love to decorate it with as many colorful Christmassy decorations as possible. A happy, happy place it is.

 

little crochet bird on a crochet wreath ornament on Christmas tree

This year I’ve used my crochet bird ornament for my poor little tree.

 

crochet star ball ornament

And I’ve thrown my crochet star balls in the mix as well.

 

colorful balls of yarn

Lately I have realized that my scrap yarn basket holds rather enough balls of yarn.

 

colorful crocheted granny squares

So I started to turn the yarn into colorful squares.

 

colorful granny squares with dark border

And I am giving each square a gray border to get them ready for a future blanket. I can’t wait till it’s finished. I might call it a Color Explosion Blanket.

 

Christmas Market

I visited a Christmas market.
 

Christmas Market decorations

And on top of having a cup of lovely almond punch that was so delicious that I will probably never forget it, I saw some very amazing things there. Just like these cute winter decorations.
 

Christmas market

Or these handmade accessories.

There’s one more Christmas market that I plan to see in the coming days. It’s the one in Vienna. If I go, I will surely bring some colorful coverage! 🙂

 

christmas gingerbread cookies

Oh, and last but not least, there have been Christmas cookies. I have found these adorable gingerbread ones and simply can’t get enough! Sooo delicious!

Thanks for letting me share!

Wishing you lovely, blessed and cheerful Holidays!

Love,
Petra

Cream Cheese And Fruit Trifle

cream cheese and fruit trifle recipe with step-by-step images

I am a lucky girl.

Mostly, because I managed to get a cream cheese dessert, one of my most favorite things in the world, into this years Christmas dessert list.

I love cream cheese, as this trifle is my witness.

Actually, as a half of this trifle is my witness now.

Anyhow, I really recommend this to you!

I so do.

The flavors are rich and delicious, the look is festive, there’s no baking, and there’s minimum work involved. A perfect last minute Christmas dessert.

Here’s the recipe…

Chocolate Cookies With Nuts And White Chocolate Chunks

chocolate-cookies-with-nuts-and-white-chocolate-chunks

I am definitely making these chocolate cookies for Christmas.

You know, we have a very serious chocoholic in our family.

It’s my Mom.

My beloved Mom.

And because my love for her is so big, I always try to include as many chocolate recipes in my holiday baking list as possible.

I am sure my Mom will love these. Totally and completely sure.

In my humble opinion, these cookies taste just amazing – with their wonderfully soft centers, crunchy edges, full chocolaty flavor which is perfectly balanced with white chocolate chunks and delicious nuts, they have a strong potential to be perfect and genuine crowd pleasers.

Here’s how to make them…

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