Bear Claw Cookies Recipe
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Bear Claw Cookies Recipe

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Kids can help add the "claws" to our Test Kitchen's clever cookies. Don't be surprised if they swipe a sample before the party guests arrive!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups sweetened puffed wheat cereal
  • 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 121 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 25mg cholesterol, 114mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in cereal. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Place melted chocolate in a pastry bag or resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. For bear claws, pipe three small dabs of chocolate on each cookie; top each with an almond. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Bear Claw Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p197

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melanna User ID: 5175892 136214
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2011

"I made these cookies for my daughter's Teddy Bear's Picnic birthday party. They fit the theme perfectly and my word they are delicious and thoroughly addicting! They taste like chocolate puffed wheat squares without the mess and the sticky factor. I do think you have to make them with the cereal and not just plain puffed wheat or that flavour wouldn't come out."

sauceen User ID: 1625029 74628
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"what is the reason for using sweetened puuf cereal??can i use reg. puff wheat???these are really cute!!my husbands students would enjoy these,he drives school get cookies or candy or bubble gum once a week!!diabetics get sug. free of same..i am diabetic also,so i have gotten pretty good at switches the last 2 years.i will watch for response to my question...thanks sauceen"

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