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Bear Paw Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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Bear paw peanut butter blossoms take the classic Christmas cookie to a new level of cute. They are built on a chewy peanut butter cookie with fun a chocolate paw design on top.

Hand holding peanut butter bear paw cookie with chocolate pieces making paw shape.

Are peanut butter blossoms always on your list for holiday baking? Make them even more fun this year by making them bear paws.

Or call them dog paws or cat paws if you would rather. No matter what animal you choose, be sure to make these sweet treats.

Pile of chocolate and peanut butter bear paw cookies ready to be eaten.

Holiday baking is always so much fun. If you have been here long, you know the chocolate and peanut butter flavor combination is one of our favorites.

So there always has to be several cookies and candies that feature these two flavors. The thing is as much as we love the classics, it is fun to try to put a little bit of a spin on it to keep it fresh.

This year we twisted our favorite Oreo balls and made Oreo truffles with condensed milk instead. Then we made a yummy batch of Nutter Butter balls with extra peanut butter mixed in.

Then instead of making our favorite chewy peanut butter blossoms, we tweaked the recipe and made them these fun bear paws. These little changes allow me to feel a little bit creative while still showing up with everyone’s favorite treats.

Making the cookies

The base of these cookies are the same as our favorite blossom cookies. It is a nice soft and chewy cookie.

Because of the high peanut butter to butter ratio, they taste amazing and chilling the dough isn’t necessary. All of the cookies you see here were baked without stopping to chill the dough.

That being said, if you bake the first tray of cookies and they are spreading, go ahead and pop the dough in the refrigerator for a half hour. I have just found that it isn’t necessary when making this recipe.

The dough is soft but not super sticky. It scoops easily with a small cookie scoop.

You can roll the balls of dough in granulated sugar if you want to. Or just scoop them straight onto the cookie sheet if you prefer.

The sugar rolled cookies will have a little extra crunch on the exterior. The dough without the sugar coating has a softer bite, both ways taste great so it is whatever your preference is.

The cookies should look puffy when they come out of the oven without taking on a lot of color. As soon as they come out of the oven push in the chocolate pieces to look like a paw.

We used Ghirardelli milk chocolate melting disks for the center of the paw. The size is perfect and they taste amazing.

Peanut butter bear paw cookies on wire cooling rack.

Three milk chocolate chips complete the paw. Feel free to use dark chocolate if that is your preference.

Allow the cookies to cool completely and ensure the chocolate is set before stacking the cookies in an airtight container. That’s all it takes!

Storing your cookies

Cookies store for up to a week at room temperature. Put them in an airtight container with a slice of sandwich bread to keep them softer for longer.

For longer storage, freeze the cookies in a freezer safe bag for up to 6 months. Just bring them back to room temperature before serving.

Freshly baked peanut butter bear paw cookies with chocolate decorations ready to eat.

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Yield: 48 Cookies

Bear Paw Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Hand holding peanut butter bear paw cookie with chocolate pieces making paw shape.

Bear paw peanut butter blossoms take the classic Christmas cookie to a new level of cute. They are built on a chewy peanut butter cookie with fun a chocolate paw design on top.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 48 melting chocolate disks
  • 144 chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat together butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla, stirring to mix.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  6. Scoop slightly rounded tablespoonsful of dough onto a sheet pan leaving two inches between the balls of dough, a small cookie scoop works well for this. Roll balls of dough in additional granulated sugar if desired.
  7. Bake for 7-9 minutes. The cookies should look puffy and soft, but set.
  8. Press 1 chocolate wafer into the lower center portion of each cookie, then add 3 chocolate chips to make a paw shaped pattern.
  9. Move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Allow chocolate to reset before stacking for storage.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Bear paw peanut butter blossoms take the classic Christmas cookie to a new level of cute. They are built on a chewy peanut butter cookie with fun a chocolate paw design on top.

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Kris

Sunday 26th of December 2021

These are so cute!!

Carlee

Sunday 26th of December 2021

Thank you!

Karen @karenskitchenstories

Sunday 19th of December 2021

How cute are these!!! I'm so planning on making them for my grandsons.

Carlee

Sunday 19th of December 2021

Thank you, Karen! I was pretty darn pleased with how they came out. I hope your grandsons love them!

Andrea Nine

Friday 17th of December 2021

Well, these are the absolute cutest things I ever did see! I just made a bunch of peanut butter blossoms but I wished I would’ve done them like this. I’m going to as our kids just love all their fur babies! Have a great weekend!

Carlee

Friday 17th of December 2021

Thank you! I was really pleased with how they came out. The boys will love them!

Sandy Rees

Thursday 16th of December 2021

So cute!!

Carlee

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Thank you!

Mary Kirby

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

I love the idea of these cookies for the kids - or the kid in all of us!! I love love love your new site!!

Mollie

Carlee

Thursday 16th of December 2021

Thank you so much! It's been a lot of work behind the scenes this year, but I love how much faster it is now!

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