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Bear Claw Cookies

 Bear Claw Cookies
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!
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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Bear Claw Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • of chocolate on each cookie; top each with an almond. Yield: 3
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 121 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 114 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.