Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teddy Bear Cookies - Chocolate Week 11

This is a December 2008 recipe from my first blog, Visual Traveler, in honor of our family's Christmas traditions. I hope you enjoy wonderful reunions with friends and family, in this magical season.
I started making Teddy Bear Cookies for the holidays many years ago, when my daughters really loved cute things - especially if they were edible. For these now 20-something girls and their friends, it wouldn't be Christmas at our house without them.
I didn't create the recipe, and my original copy is on a tiny, yellowed piece of the Kansas City Star. The only change I've made is to use equal parts of chocolate and peanut butter chips, because one daughter isn't wild about p.b. These cookies are so darn cute, easy, and fun that they're well worth sharing.
Cheery Chocolate Teddy Bear Cookies
 Makes about 4 dozen (VOE - I'm lucky if I get 3 1/2 dozen)

1 2/3 cups peanut butter chips (I use 1 1/3)
 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (I use 1 1/3)
 (VOE - these are the best alternate proportions I've found; something about the peanut butter amount is important to the consistency)
 2 tablespoons butter
 1 package chocolate sandwich cookies
 1 box teddy bear-shaped graham snack crackers
Cover tray with wax paper. In medium microwave-safe bowl, place peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave at high for 1 to 2 minutes or until chips are melted, mixture is smooth when stirred, and chocolate and peanut butter are thoroughly combined.
With a fork, dip each cookie into chip mixture and cover completely. Place coated cookies on prepared tray and top each with graham cracker. Refrigerate, uncovered, until set, or about 30 minutes. Store in refrigerator and bring individual cookies to room temperature before eating.
VOEs - You have to work fast before the mixture begins to harden, so pour the teddy cookies and the sandwich cookies in separate bowls for easy access. And don't answer the door or phone unless absolutely necessary.

-Make sure that each teddy bear cookie has both ears and all limbs :)
-Have a rubber spatula on hand so you can move mixture off sides to bottom of mixing bowl.
-After you dip each cookie, scrape the bottom side of the fork on the edge of the bowl to recapture excess mixture.
 -You may have to 'frost' the last half dozen of cookies, as the mixture is used up.

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