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Peanut Butter Paw Print Cookies

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Peanut butter paw print cookies take classic peanut butter blossoms to a new level of cute. They are built on a chewy peanut butter cookie with fun a chocolate paw print 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 turning them into 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.

Christmas Baking

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.

For a different flavor profile, try making chocolate covered cherry cookies. They are soft and delicious with a gooey cordial cherry candy in the center.

Of course, you don’t have to reserve these cookies for Christmas, they are perfect for so many occasions.

Making Bear Paw 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.

Pro tip: For size reasons, it is best if you use a different brand of chocolate chips. The Ghirardelli chips tend to be bigger which makes them harder to fit on the cookie and changes the visual effect.

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Store Fresh Baked 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.

Can I freeze peanut butter paw print cookies?

Yes, the baked cookies freeze well. Just put them in a freezer safe container and pop them in the freezer for up to 6 months. Let them defrost at room temperature to enjoy.

When should I make paw print cookies?

These cookies are perfect for so many occasions. We make them as a cute addition to our Christmas cookies, but they would also be perfect for cat or dog themed parties.

Or make them for tailgates and game day if your mascot is a cougar, bear, dog, cat, lion, tiger and more.

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

If you love peanut butter cookies, you will love my great-grandma’s classic peanut butter cookies. Or make some peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies for another twist on an old favorite.

Triple peanut butter cookies are loaded with chewy peanut butter goodness. And monster cookies are an all time favorite for good reason, you can always use holiday colored candies to make them festive too!

Or if you need to avoid peanut butter, try making vanilla paw print cookies. They are just as cute on a vanilla sugar cookie base.

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

Paw Print Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Carlee
Paw print 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.
4.68 from 231 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 32 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 48 Cookies
Calories 133 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 48 melting chocolate disks
  • 144 chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.
    ½ cup butter, 1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, ½ cup light brown sugar
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, stirring to mix.
    2 large eggs, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and salt.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and mix until just combined.
  • 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, otherwise roll them between your hands until they are a smooth ball.
  • Bake for 7-9 minutes. The cookies should look puffy and soft, but set.
  • Press 1 chocolate wafer into the lower center portion of each cookie, then add 3 chocolate chips to make a paw shaped pattern.
  • Move cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Allow chocolate to reset before stacking for storage.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 51mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 70IUCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.4mg
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Laurie

Sunday 11th of February 2024

I made these for a Puppy Bowl party !! They are so cute and wonderful !! Thank you !!

Carlee

Sunday 11th of February 2024

What a fun idea! I am so glad you liked them!

Grace Dezio

Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

WARNING! CHOCOLATE IS POISONOUS TO PETS! It was not mentioned even once in the article! Substitute dark yogurt chips for the pad and paws and all is well. I was shocked that all people commenting on making these for animal charity events didn’t mention it either. Some added they gave them to the animals. I find this whole situation distressing and irresponsible for a recipe group to have neglected to warn your readers about this danger!

Carlee

Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

The cookies are meant for human consumption, not animal consumption. Those selling them an animal charity events are selling them at bake sale type events for humans to consume... but the money raised is going to shelters or other animal charities.

Rhonda

Monday 25th of December 2023

These were delicious and so easy to make! So cute too. Mine came out looking exactly like the picture except I did add a fourth chocolate chip to the paw. Thanks for the recipe. Will definitely make these again.

Carlee

Monday 25th of December 2023

Yay! I am so glad you liked them!

Sharon Waldrop

Tuesday 19th of December 2023

Oh my!! These are so delicious!! I added a fourth chocolate chip and made them for a pet rescue bake sale and they were a hit! I could not find melting discs and used the tiny Reese's peanut butter cups from baking chips as the paw pad. I packaged them in clear celophane bags with a silver twist tie and some donors purchased them as Xmas gifts. It was a win-win for everyone! Thank you!

Carlee

Tuesday 19th of December 2023

I'll bet the Reese's are so good, that is a fabulous idea! I am glad they were a hit!

Sharon

Thursday 14th of December 2023

These are so good! I got exactly 48 cookies but ran out of the bottom pad. Somebody got in my little rolos, just 5 short. Had a candy bar so I broke it up & used it. Thanks for the great recipe!!

Carlee

Thursday 14th of December 2023

Candy thieves are everywhere! I am so glad you liked them.