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Easy Recipe: Bear Paw Brownie Cookies

It never occurred to me to use brownie mix to make cookies before, but it turns out that there is a whole slew of brownie cookie recipes on the Duncan Hines website. The recipe I chose to try and the one that I am going to share with you today is for Bear Claw cookies. This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves a salty and sweet flavor combination. Also, if you happen to be a fan of the edge pieces from a pan of brownies, then you will love the chewy texture of these cookies.

This recipe is the same as the Duncan Hines Bear Claw cookie recipe, except I increased the quantity of butter slightly and I used a different variety of Duncan Hines Brownie Mix.

Recipe: Bear Paw Cookies

1/2 cup melted butter or margarine (cooled to room temperature)
1 large egg
2 tsp water
120 roasted salted peanut halves
30 chocolate kisses

Step 1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Step 2. Combine the brownie mix, butter, egg, and water in a large bowl. Mix it thoroughly with a fork, making sure all the brownie mix is completely moistened.

Step 3. Take about a tablespoon's worth of cookie dough and roll it into a ball with the palms of your hands. Place each ball of dough about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. (I lined my cookie sheets with aluminum foil and it worked out great.)

Step 4. Next press a chocolate kiss into each ball of dough, making sure you position it off-center with the point-side down.

Step 5. Then push 4 peanut halves into each ball of dough with the split-side facing up as shown below.

Step 6. Bake each pan of cookies for approximately 11 minutes or until the edges look like they are set.

Step 7. Remove the cookies from the hot cookie sheet with a spatula after about 1 or 2 minutes and place them in a single layer on a plate or cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

This recipe yields approximately 30 cookies. I ended up with 29. I was extremely pleased with how well they turned out, although I thought the kisses would have melted a bit more. If I can think of a way to holiday-fy this recipe, I think I will make them to bring to Christmas dinner this year.


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Thank you to Duncan Hines for sending us a coupon for a free product sample to use in a recipe for this article.