Butterscotch Bear Cookies


Happy National Homemade Cookie Day!

I didn’t know there was such a day, but as soon as I saw the notice in a recent Paula Deen newsletter I was very excited to celebrate. 

I don’t know about you, but my tastes for sweets goes through phases. Sometimes I want candy, other times pastries. Once in a rare while, it’s cake. Lately I have been alternating between caramel popcorn and cookies. Since buying a bear-shaped cookie cutter, though, I’ve been wanting to make some kind of rolled cookies.

I was happy with the idea of making bear cookies, in general. But gradually it turned to Pooh cookies, specifically. But I didn’t want honey cookies. I saw a place selling butterscotch flavoring for candy or baking, and thought it’d be fun to try. I also decided to buy “gold” food coloring, in hopes of a more Pooh-ish sort of yellow. The icing was just “writing gel”, sold in tubes.

I made a shortbread cookie recipe. It didn’t actually call for any flavoring, but I added some anyway. I had to guess how much to add as the flavoring I used was super concentrated. I think a teaspoon would be right, though, for standard strength. 

Butterscotch Bears

3/4 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp butterscotch flavoring

gold gel food coloring

Combine butter and sugar. Add flour, mixing by hand. Add flavoring and coloring, mix more. 

Dough should hold together in a ball. Add more butter if too crumbly; more flour if very sticky. 

Chill dough for about 20 minutes. Roll on floured surface. Cut shapes, place on ungreased pan and bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit). The recipe says 20 to 25 minutes, but mine were done more in the 15 to 20 range.

When cool, decorate with red and black writing gel icing.

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