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Chocolate-Dipped Cinnamon Bear Cookies

Contest Photo by: Lori_Fillmore
Rigby, ID
Category: Sweet Treats

Description

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day quite like chocolate and cinnamon bears. That's why when they started selling chocolate-dipped cinnamon bears in the grocery store a few years back, I was hooked!

This fabulous chocolate-cinnamon sugar cookie recipe is a breeze to make and cut out, and the hard cinnamon candies melted in the middle add the finishing touch to this irresistable Valentine's Day masterpiece! Let the kids dip the cookies in a can of chocolate frosting to give it that authentic chocolate dipped feel, and you now have a treat that will have everyone lining up to be your Valentine!

Ingredients

1 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
4 Cups Sifted Flour
(optional) Can of Chocolate Frosting

How to Make

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, sift together dry ingredients: Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Cinnamon, and Flour. Set aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together, butter and sugar. Add egg and mix well. Add sour cream, vanilla, and melted unsweetened chocolate, and mix. After ingredients are well blended, add dry ingredients a little at a time until mixed in well and dough is formed. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for several hours.

  • When dough has chilled, roll to a thickness of 1/4" and cut out with a large bear shaped cookie cutter. With a smaller heart shaped cookie cutter, carefully cut out a heart in the middle section of the already cut-out bear. Line a cookie sheet with a large sheet of aluminum foil and carefully place bear-heart cut-outs onto the foil lined cookie sheet. In a small plastic bag, place cinnamon-hot hard candies (such as Jolly Ranchers), at least one for each cookie. Carefully, bang on the hard candies with a hammer or other hard object until crushed into smaller chunks. sprinkle enough chunks onto the heart shaped cut-out of the bears to cover the area in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before removing them from the foil, in order to let the hard candy center set up. For more authentic chocolate-dipping fun, dip the cookies in a can of chocolate frosting. Enjoy!

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