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Bear Paws

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These whimsical cookies are crunchy, chewy, chocolaty and flat out fun for kids of all ages. A special treat for lunchboxes - and a sure-fire hit for parties. These cookies are baked on ungreased baking sheets to prevent them from spreading too thin. Letting the baked cookies cool for 1 minute on the baking sheets before transferring them to wire racks allows them to set and easily lift from the sheets.

  • Hands-On Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 33 Minutes
  • Servings: 30 Cookies
  • Difficulty: Pretty Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 box Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 60 peanuts split into halves (about ⅓ cup peanuts) or almond slices
  • 30 chocolate candy kisses
  • Tip:
  • Have chocolate kisses already unwrapped and peanut halves at hand when you roll the dough into balls; this will help you decorate the cookies quickly and easily. If you wait very long to decorate the dough balls, their surfaces will begin to dry out and the peanut "claws" may not stick as well after baking.

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl combine brownie mix, butter, and egg; stir with a fork to combine into a stiff dough. Dough will seem dry, but will completely moisten as you stir. (Knead briefly by hand, in the bowl, if preferred)
  3. Working with 1 even tbsp. of dough at a time, roll dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets about 2" apart. Cover the remaining dough in-between batches to prevent drying.
  4. Press candy pieces, points down and flat surfaces up, into the center of the uncooked cookies. Press four peanut halves, split sides up, into the edge of each cookie to form claws.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 11 minutes or just until the edges are set. The cookies may appear slightly under cooked, but do not over bake. Cool 1 minute on pans. Transfer to wire racks with a thin metal spatula and cool completely.
  6. Variation:
  7. Use any flavor chocolate candy kisses you like, or a mix of flavors.

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Tips

Guilt free cakes

Guilt free cakes

When I'm in the mood for cake, I always use applesauce instead of oil (up to 1/2 cup). This way, I can feel guiltfree about what I'm eating (I don't like frosting on my cakes). Makes the cake nice and moist, too!


Slicing cakes evenly and no mess

Slicing cakes evenly and no mess

I have found that if you put about 4 tooth picks around the cake, then use Dental Floss, long enough to hold on to and while the cake is a bit warm. Hold the floss tight and with a sawing motion you'll soon have two cakes the same size. I started doing this when I began making Wedding Cakes and the cakes were so thick. Happy Baking, Donna





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