Teddy bear Cookies

(Courtesy of The Diva Diner) 

Oh wow… maybe one day I’ll be able to make these cute cookies!

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Combine sugar, butter, egg and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  2. Divide dough in half. Place half of dough in medium bowl. Stir in chocolate by hand.
    For each teddy bear, form a portion of either color dough into one large (1-inch) ball for body, one medium (3/4-inch) ball for head, four small (1/2-inch) balls for arms and legs, two smaller balls for ears. Add additional small balls for eyes, nose and mouth, if desired.
  3. Repeat with remaining dough, making either vanilla or chocolate teddy bears or mixing the doughs to make two-toned teddy bears.
  4. To form each cookie, place large ball (body) on ungreased cookie sheet; flatten slightly. Attach head, arms, legs and ears by overlapping slightly onto body. Add nose, eyes and mouth. Use fork to make claws on paws. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until body is set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely.
  5. TIP: If desired, decorate cookies with frosting.

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