Almond Bear Claws Recipe
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Almond Bear Claws Recipe

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These bear claws are absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! It's impossible to resist the delicate pastry, rich almond filling and pretty fanned tops sprinkled with sugar and almonds. I made yummy treats like this when I worked in a bakery years ago. -Aneta Kish, La Crosse, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:18 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond paste, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse or granulated sugar
  • Sliced almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 352 calories, 19 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 73 mg cholesterol, 207 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, toss butter with 3 cups flour until well coated; refrigerate. In a large bowl, combine yeast and remaining flour.
  2. In a saucepan, heat cream, sugar and salt to 120°-130°. Add to yeast mixture with 1 egg. Beat until smooth. Stir in butter mixture just until moistened.
  3. Place dough onto a well floured surface; roll into a 21-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Starting at a short side, fold dough in thirds, forming a 12-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Give dough a quarter turn; roll into a 21-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Fold into thirds, starting with a short side. Repeat, flouring surface as needed. (Do not chill dough between each rolling and folding.) Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours or until firm.
  4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat egg white until foamy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and almond paste; beat until smooth. Cut dough in half widthwise. Roll each portion into a 12-in. square; cut each square into three 12-in. x 4-in. strips. Spread about 2 tablespoons filling down center of each strip. Fold long edges together; seal edges and ends. Cut into three pieces.
  5. Place on greased baking sheets with folded edge facing away from you. With scissors, cut strips four times to within 1/2 in. of folded edge; separate slightly. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  6. Lightly beat water and remaining egg; brush over dough. Sprinkle with sugar and almonds. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Almond Bear Claws in Taste of Home December/January 2002, p25

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"The directions are a little vague, particularly the beginning part where you take the butter and toss it with the flour, are you making it to pea sized crumbles or are you leaving the pieces whole?????"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"A lot of work but well worth it."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"I am not a good dough maker. I used puff store bough pastry. I rolled the thinner so that my dough could be an even cut. They came out beautiful and tasted so good."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"These are phenomenal! I love the fact that the rough laminated dough (cube the butter, mix it all up and roll it out with uneven chunks of butter throughout) is used, rather than the more time consuming layered method. They finished result is delicious and it takes much less time and fuss. The filling is delicious as well. The finished claws looked so beautiful! Oh, I cut four 3" strips from each 12" square instead of vice versa. I got more yield and a smaller portion that way!"

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Made these today and got rave reviews."

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