If there’s one thing our kids love, it’s baking!
And when baking with children, you want to spice things up a bit. You don’t want to bake simple, boring, plain chocolate chip cookies – you want to make Bear Claw Cookies – much cooler!
Paw Print Cookies
As I’m sure you can imagine, there is not really much to it.
We used this cookie recipe, except that we halved the ingredients because it’s Christmas time and we’ve already had way too many treaties!
The ingredients listed next are what we used to get 12 small paw print cookies.
Bear Claw Cookie Ingredients
My number one tip for baking with toddlers and young children is to have everything measured out and ready for them to mix together.
If they are in baking mode and you have to concentrate on measuring for a moment, the next time you look up a kid will either have their hand inside a mound of butter or they’ll be having a sip of neat vanilla essence.
- 100 grams (3.5 oz.) of softened butter
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup white flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 sizes of choc chips/buttons
The two different sizes of choc buttons are obviously an important ingredient for making bear paw cookies – otherwise, you’re not going to have the same effect.
We were lucky to find the smaller variety of choc drop that actually curls over to make it even more like a claw!
Once you have all the ingredients gathered together, it’s time to put it all together!
Young kids + blender = 90% chance of needing a shower afterwards.
To avoid heated sibling discussions, one child mixes while the other pours the ingredients into the bowl. Supervision highly recommended to minimize mess.
Here’s the method:
- Preheat oven to bake 180°C (356°F) – not fan assisted
- We creamed the butter, adding brown sugar and vanilla extract until light and fluffy
- Next, we beat in the egg
- Pour in the flour and baking powder and mix all together
- Roll into small balls to suit the size of your choc drops
- Apply the chocolate drops
Our two-year-old and 5-year-old both did a great job with this delicate process, though a few choc drops disappeared along the way!
Once we had used up all of the cookie batter it was time to put the tray into the oven for about 15 minutes.
They came out pretty good, and apparently tasted all the better being shaped like a bear paw!
Bear Paw Cookies
So that’s all there is to it – easy to make paw cookies for kids. A fun way to spend half an hour!
Take a look at these Printables to accompany the book ‘Owl Babies’ for more exciting kids activities.