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Bear Claw Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

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!
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Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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