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Double Chocolate Paw Print Cookies

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Double chocolate paw print cookies are as tasty as they are cute. They are built on a chewy chocolate blossom cookie with tasty chocolate paws on top. They are cute for Christmas, for pet lovers, as team mascot cookies, and more!

Plate with chocolate paw print cookies featuring rich chocolate cookie base topped with chocolate chips and chocolate candy to look like a paw print.

If you are looking for a fun new way to enjoy chocolate cookies, you have found it. These paw prints are perfect for graduation parties, pet themed parties, and more.

They can be bear paws, dog paws, or even cat paws if you would rather. No matter what animal you choose, be sure to make these fun cookies.

Closeup of plate of double chocolate paw print cookies, ready to eat.

Luckily, you don’t have to have any special skills or tools to decorate these cookies. It just takes a few minutes to press the chocolate into the hot cookies to make them look darling.

The hardest part is to wait for the chocolate to set back up. They taste great hot and gooey, too, if you just can’t wait.

Making Cute Chocolate Paw Cookies

The base of these cookies is a soft chocolate cookie. It is the same dough I use for chocolate covered cherry blossoms and chocolate peppermint blossom cookies.

Bake them a little bit longer if you like a crisper texture. Or take them out early if you like them extra chewy.

All you have to do is mix together a really simple cookie dough. It only takes a few simple ingredients that are likely already in your pantry and kitchen.

The best part is, you don’t even have to chill the dough before you scoop it. That makes these cookies super quick and easy to put together.

The dough is soft but not super sticky. It scoops easily with a small cookie scoop, and that gets you the perfect one Tablespoon ball of dough.

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 chocolate melting disks for the center of the paw. The size is perfect, and they taste amazing.

I learned after posting peanut butter paw print cookies, people take paw prints having four toes very seriously. So push four chocolate chips into the cookie to make it look like a paw.

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 paw print sugar cookies?

Yes, baked cookies freeze well. Just put them in a freezer safe container and pop them in the freezer for up to 3 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.

Lots of homemade chocolate paw print cookies, ready to be enjoyed.

If you want another yummy chocolate cookie, try making chocolate Andes mint cookies. They are festive for Christmas, but are another cookie that is good any time.

For a sweet and salty option, try making my grandma’s potato chip cookies. Or make kitchen sink cookies with pretzels, chocolate, and caramel bits.

Check out my collection of cookie recipes for even more tasty inspiration.

Plate with chocolate paw print cookies featuring rich chocolate cookie base topped with chocolate chips and chocolate candy to look like a paw print.

Double Chocolate Paw Print Cookies

Carlee
Double chocolate paw print cookies are as tasty as they are cute. They are built on a chewy chocolate blossom cookie with tasty chocolate paws on top. They are cute for Christmas, for pet lovers, as team mascot cookies, and more!
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 60 Cookies
Calories 116 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 60 chocolate melting wafers
  • 240 chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.
    1½ cup butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Add egg and vanilla, stirring to combine.
    2 large eggs, 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt until combined. The dough will be a little bit soft.
    3 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup cocoa powder, 2 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Use a small cookie scoop to portion out about 1 Tablespoon of dough onto the sheet pan. Leave 2 inches between cookies.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes or until the tops look just set.
  • Quickly press a chocolate melting wafer just off center in each hot cookie. Then arrange 3-4 chocolate chips for the toes.
    60 chocolate melting wafers, 240 chocolate chips
  • Allow the cookies to cool at least 5 minutes before removing them from the pan.

Notes

Store your cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Freeze for longer storage. 
If you would like to roll your cookie dough balls in sugar before you bake them, you can. Powdered sugar will make them look like chocolate crinkle cookies while granulated sugar will give them a little bit more crunch. 

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 96mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 151IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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EsmeSalon

Friday 2nd of February 2024

Amazing, super cute, pinned it to make for our grandkids