Bear Paw Cookies

Friday 23 August 2019

One thing I really love about life is how every once in a while it kicks you in the pants with a taste of reality.  I think this type of thing happens to all of us at one time or another.    I am sure you have experienced this exact thing.  You are browsing through Pinterest  . . .  looking at things, pinning things and something catches your eye, so much so that you immediately put it on your list of things you HAVE to make. 


Such it was when I spied this recipe for Bear Paw Cookies on Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons.  Aren't they adorable?  I thought so too!  I had a man and his son coming over to cut down some fruit trees for us and I thought to myself it will bake a batch of these cute cookies to treat them with and they can take the leftovers home to the rest of the children.

We don't get the chocolate chips she required over here in the UK, but I bought two sizes of milk chocolate buttons that I thought would work well.  Surely that could not make any difference to the cookie recipe itself as the cookies are baked by the time you put the chocolate chips on.   You know that old saying???? 

The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions.  I have heard that saying many times and this is a prime example of that.  I don't know what went wrong.  My cookies are not puffed. They are flat as pancakes  . . .  flat, flat, flat  . . .  they don't even remotely resemble the same cookie.

Just look at how incredibly thin they are  . . .  which wouldn't be half back if they were at least crisp  . . .  but they are not.  They are chewy  . . .  maybe a bit crisp around the edges, but that is all.

They are also incredibly sweet.  I took a bite of one and almost went into Diabetic Shock, and I really don't think a mother appreciate me feeding these to her babies  . . .  sigh . . .

I don't know what I did wrong.  My soda was fresh.  Likewise my eggs, flour, sugar etc.

I normally consider myself to be quite a competent cook and baker . . .  but this was an epic fail.  I can't fault the original recipe I don't think.  Hers look quite wonderful!  Although with brown sugar and espresso powder, I do wonder why they are so white.  Hmmm . . .

Anyways, sometimes life just hands you those moments where you just have to be able to laugh at yourself.  So, no new recipe from me today, just an example of an epic fail, just so you know that sometimes even I mess up at things!  But if you are wanting a good cookie to bake, why not bake these ones  . . . 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.  You can't go wrong with Tried and True.  Find the recipe HERE.  These always turn out fabulous, and we love them.

Up tomorrow:  Its a surprise. I was going to do Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies, but I have used up all of my cookie points today on these failures!  Ta da!


  1. Lol my good intentions have landed in HELL too..LOLOL
    You made me smile;)

    1. Sometimes you just have to laugh Monique! It beats the alternative for sure! xoxo

  2. I found I have to beware of the beautiful pictures on Pinterest. They suck me in but often the end result doesn't look so pretty. LOL My expectations have been lowered. Thanks for sharing your not-so-good days, too :) ~Elaine

    1. Thanks Elaine! I think there is a site called Pinterest Fail. I need to look it up! xoxo

  3. It looks to me like the original recipe did not use espresso powder or brown sugar, and that your recipe has only one half of the normal amount of flour used in a cookie recipe. Put them together with vanilla ice cream !

    1. I think you are right about that Ruth. Its quite possible that they didn't even make the recipe, but took a photo from somewhere else and presented it as the photo of the recipe. Hers look far too white and far too puffy! xoxo

  4. Hi, I come from buttercup. I love this post, because I can relate to food not turning out like it should! Even so, they still look good to me.

    1. Welcome Ginny! I think we can all relate to this at one time or another! The looks for these are deceiving. They were far too sweet! Even my husband couldn't stand them, which says a lot as he is a lover of sweet! Thanks for your dear comment! xoxo


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