February 14th


Although traditionally this is the day to demonstrate love and the older tradition is to honor St Valentine, a Christian martyr… we do talk about him, but we don’t really do much else in our home.  Since I am in a quandry about holidays this year, I haven’t decided what to do about holidays that have a present-day pagan celebration with a so-called Christian history.  In the next few days, we will make these cute and delicious chocolate cookies to celebrate our tiny toy poodle, since this is the day he was born…  we have a lot of fun making, baking and eating these.  They are delicious! =P

Photo is the basic idea…

This recipe is from Christmas With Southern Living 1992.

Teddy Bear Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Beat butter until fluffy and then add sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each one.  Then mix in the melted chocolate and vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients slowly.  Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.  When ready, divide the dough into 12 equal balls and each ball in half.  Use the first half to make a ball and flatten in into a 3×2 1/2 oval for the bear’s body.  Break the other half in half and make it into a ball.  Flatten it and overlap with the large oval to make a head. Pinch off a piece from the remaining to make a nose and roll the rest into a 5″ long rope.  Cut this into two 1/2 inch pieces for the bear’s ears, then four 1″ pieces for the legs of the bear.  Roll each of these pieces into balls, attach to the main oval body and flatten slightly.  Decorate the bears with cinnamon candies for buttons and eyes.

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