Teddy bear cuddle cookies

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.

Say 'I love you' with a cuddle! Light, crisp & delicious vanilla cookies - each of these adorable teddy bears cuddles a tasty nut. What a treat!

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Teddy bear cuddle cookies
Yields 16
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
292 calories
27 g
22 g
19 g
7 g
4 g
59 g
9 g
9 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292
Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 22mg
Sodium 9mg
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 9g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 egg
  2. 75g butter or margarine
  3. 1-2 drops vanilla essence
  4. 225g self-raising flour
  5. 135g caster sugar
  6. 16 nuts - e.g. almonds, cashews, pecans
  7. coloured sprinkles (optional)
  1. Beat the egg well, then add the butter or margarine and the vanilla essence and beat to combine.
  2. Add the flour and sugar, and mix thoroughly to form a soft dough.
  3. 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.
  4. Use a toothpick to make holes for eyes and nose (and mark mouth and ears if desired.)
  5. Transfer to a lined baking sheet and bake at 180C for 10-12 minutes until just golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and insert coloured sprinkles into the eye and nose holes. Cool the teddy bear cookies on a wire rack.
  7. Enjoy!
  1. I used my Kenwood stand mixer to make the dough, but I think it would be reasonably easy by hand, too.
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Say 'I love you' with a cuddle! Light, crisp & delicious vanilla cookies - each of these adorable teddy bears cuddles a tasty nut. What a treat!

A ‘gingerbread’ boy and a teddy bear get cuddly…


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  2. So cute. I’ve pinned them for future reference.

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