I saw these adorable teddy cookies on Pinterest, but the website with the instructions for making them is in Japanese! (Or some similar language that I certainly don’t understand, at any rate.) Fortunately, the photograph was enough to inspire me, so when Kipper asked to do baking, I seized the opportunity to have a go at these.
We whipped up a batch of roll-out-able cookie dough, and used my fabulous super-clever rolling pin to get it exactly 6mm thick. Kipper had selected two cutters from our immense selection – a teddy bear, and a small gingerbread boy. We cut out the shapes, and she raided her Dad’s jar of mixed nuts for the almonds, cashews and pecan nuts. She had a lovely time giving each bear/boy a nut, and folding their paws/hands carefully over to hold it in a tight cuddle.
These cookies were remarkably easy to make and are just about the cutest things I’ve ever baked. We used a toothpick to mark eyes, noses, mouths and ears, before baking. Unfortunately, as the cookies rose slightly, the holes all but disappeared. So when the bears came out of the oven, I found myself poking individual sprinkles into what was left of the holes – an extremely fiddly job. I think the end results justify the faffing though – so cute! Also, three sprinkles per cookie is roughly the amount of lurid-coloured sugar I’m prepared to let Kipper eat in one go 🙂 . I suspect if we’d made the holes slightly bigger they wouldn’t have disappeared quite so much, and the sprinkles would have been an unnecessary embellishment. Next time…
Kipper had an end-of-term party at her pre-school French class, so we took these along and they went down a treat! Kids and parents all loved the adorable teddy bear cookies, cuddling their crunchy nuts. They would be ideal for a teddy bear’s picnic, or a teddy-themed birthday party. I’m quite tempted to do just such a party for Kipper’s next birthday, so we have an excuse to make them again.
Of course, these cookies are unsuitable for nut-allergy sufferers! I’m not sure what you could substitute for the nut – a piece of dried apricot or mango perhaps? A piece of chocolate if you were feeling particularly indulgent? Yum.
This made 16 teddy bear cookies, but it does depend on the size of your cutter.
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- 1 egg
- 75g butter or margarine
- 1-2 drops vanilla essence
- 225g self-raising flour
- 135g caster sugar
- 16 nuts - e.g. almonds, cashews, pecans
- coloured sprinkles (optional)
- Beat the egg well, then add the butter or margarine and the vanilla essence and beat to combine.
- Add the flour and sugar, and mix thoroughly to form a soft dough.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 6mm thickness. Cut out teddy bear shapes, and place a nut on each one. Fold over the 'paws' to hold the nut in place.
- Use a toothpick to make holes for eyes and nose (and mark mouth and ears if desired.)
- Transfer to a lined baking sheet and bake at 180C for 10-12 minutes until just golden.
- Remove from the oven and insert coloured sprinkles into the eye and nose holes. Cool the teddy bear cookies on a wire rack.
- I used my Kenwood stand mixer to make the dough, but I think it would be reasonably easy by hand, too.
A ‘gingerbread’ boy and a teddy bear get cuddly…