Chocolate Cookie Bear
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened (do not substitute)
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- Ready to spread frosting
- Assorted small candies, candy sprinkles, colored sugar
In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer until creamy. Add melted chocolate, eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, baking powder and salt; mix well. Cover; chill about 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350°F. To make bears, shape dough into 1-inch balls for the bodies, 1/2-inch balls for the heads and 1/4-inch balls for the arms, legs and ears. On ungreased cookie sheets, gently press pieces together to form bears, placing 2 inches apart. Flatten bears slightly.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or just until firm to the touch. (Do not overbake.) Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.
Decorate as desired with frosting and candies. Store tightly covered.
<STRONG>Cook's Tip:</STRONG> To melt chocolate chips: place in dry measuring cup or small microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Or, place in top part of double boiler over hot (not boiling) water; stir occasionally until smooth.
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