Friday, March 19, 2010
Cookie Recipe #76 - Bear Claws
Do you remember going into a bakery and ordering a "bear claw"? This is what today's recipe is, only in "cookie" form. A sweet cookie dough wraps around a tummy full of fruity jam and crunchy nuts.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/4 cup butter, softened, 2 tablespoons shortening, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons raspberry or strawberry jam, 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar.
Instructions: Mix granulated sugar, butter, shortening, egg and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease baking sheets or line with parchment paper. Roll dough on lightly floured surface into a 12 inch square. Cut into 3 inch squares. Spread about 1/2 teaspoon jam down center of each square; sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon nuts over jam. Fold 1 edge of dough over filling; fold other edge over top. Place on prepared baking sheet. Make 4 or 5 slits in top of each cookie (vent holes); spread cuts slightly apart (until you can see the jam). Sprinkle each cookie with 1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar and pop into the oven.
Bake about 6 minutes, or until cookies are light brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
Makes about 1 1/2 dozen claws.
"Betty Crocker's Cookie Book" published by Golden Press, New York, in 1981.