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Chocolate holiday bears

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Around holiday time chocolate and other sweet treats are one of our favorite snacks and desserts. Children especially love to chow down on chocolatey treats. Making cookies, cakes, pies, and other desserts with your child can be fun especially during the Christmas season. Children love to decorate holiday cookies. With this chocolate holiday bear recipe you can enjoy spending some quality time with your children baking. These cookies will also be great for your children to give as gifts.

Chocolate Holiday Bears

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 pkg. (4-serving) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 sq. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
  • Electric hand or stand mixer
  • Rubber spatula and measuring spoons
  • Straight-edge butter knife or spatula (for measuring)
  • Rolling pin and baking sheets
  • 4-in. bear cookie cutter or other holiday cookie cutter

Steps

1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Beat butter, sugar, dry pudding mix and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.

2. COMBINE remaining dry ingredients. Gradually add to pudding mixture, beating until well blended after each addition. Form into ball. (Refrigerate for up to 1 hr. if dough is soft.)

3. ROLL out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut out the dough into bear shapes using a 4-in. cookie cutter; place on greased baking sheet. Reroll scraps and cut additional cookies as needed.

4. DECORATE cut-outs with small candies, raisins or sprinkles for eyes, mouth and buttons, pressing in lightly. Bake 12 to 14 min. or until slightly firm. Remove from baking sheets. Cool on wire racks.

5. MELT chocolate in microwavable bowl on MEDIUM for 2 min. Spread on bottom half of bears for pants or skirts; use as glue to attach more decorations. Makes 20 servings, 1 cookie each.

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