What's the Deal With These Nut-Hugging Bear Cookies?


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Have you seen these cookies? These adorable cookies shaped to look like bears with tiny bear arms wrapped around a single almond or cashew? I've been seeing these things all over the internet the last couple weeks, often labeled as the cutest cookie to ever grace our planet. This recipe is Pinterest gold.

But would you actually want to eat one?

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The recipe for these cookies comes from Maa Tamagosan, a French-trained Japanese cook. You can find the recipe in Japanese on her blog, and you can get a translation from Bored Panda.

For something so popular and adorable, these cookies actually look surprisingly easy to make. Maa use a dough sweetened with honey and beet sugar syrup, cut the dough out with a bear cookie cutter, and placed a nut in the middle of the bear before gently wrapping the bears arms around the nut and then baking them in the oven. So easy!

How to Make Bear Biscuits from Maa (In Japanese with Google Translation)

While I'm glad to see a dessert achieve some attention without relying on a deep fryer (#Cronut), I'm still not sure I'd go out of my way to make them. It's just a cookie with a nut in the center, right? How do these cookies make you feel?

(Image credits: Maa)

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Ariel is the Engagement Editor for The Kitchn, where she writes fun things and manages social media. She is a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York. She lives in Brooklyn.