Teddy Bear Cookies that Bring Smiles!

by Chris on November 25, 2008

orsacchiotto/teddy bear

I mentioned yesterday that I was making cookies and a cake to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. And I did! While the delivery was quick, the experience was extremely rewarding. I am always giving desserts away, but usually to colleagues. While they are hard working and deserving, I think the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are in need of a good slice of cake this holiday season.

Angellika was telling me about how she was going to volunteer at one the RMcD houses in NYC, cooking dinner. I am totally going to check that out down here. I have wanted to do something, but outdoorsy, physical volunteerism? Not my thing. Cooking…that I can work with!

As far as the cake, I am thrilled about how it came out. It was a 2 tier – bottom layer was a sour cream chocolate cake and the top was red velvet.

I made two quirky turkeys and some leaves/acorns which came in handy when covering mistakes.

And the cookies….they came out better than I hoped! While making them, I had doubts. But, they were actually easier than they looked! They are my second contribution to Susan’s Eat Christmas Cookies, Season 2. Don’t forget to check out the round-up from last year and, the current list that’s fun to check out as it grows.

Teddy Bear Popsicles
From Cookies Galore by Jacqueline Bellefontaine

Light Dough
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ stick (¼ cup) butter
½ cup light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 egg, beaten

Dark Dough
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. baking soda
½ stick (¼ cup) butter
½ cup light brown sugar
2 Tbsp. molasses
1 egg, beaten

Semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 50)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Make the light and dark dough, both the same way. Sift the flour, spice, and baking soda into a bowl. Blend I the butter and stir in the sugar. Warm the syrup or molasses in a small bowl and add, with the egg, to the flour mixture. Knead until smooth. Roll out on a lightly floured counter and using a plain round 2 ½ –inch cutter, stamp out circles from the light and dark dough. Place on the baking sheets lined with parchment. (If making pops) Insert popsicle stick into the base of each circle. Roll out the trimmings from each of the doughs and using a plain round 1-inch cutter, stamp out two rounds for each cookie. Use light dough with dark face and vice versa. Place one round on the cookie for a nose. Cut the other half and place on the face for the ears. Make the nose with a knife.

Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Remove and while still warm, position the chocolate chips for eyes.

What I did differently….

  • Made cookies only, not pops
    I didn’t read the recipe with my glasses and used ½ tsp. baking soda in each dough.
  • I switched the spices by accident, cinnamon in the dark dough, ginger in the light.
  • I used my electric mixer, so kneading? Not really.
  • I cut most of the “faces” out with the dark dough, then everything else with the light, purely by “whoops!”
  • The bear in the picture, with the knife-cut out face looked grumpy. So, I made tan royal icing and piped the face. I also used it as a base for the eyes. Next time, I need to use a smaller tip.

Wrapped and ready to go!

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