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Bear's Paw Biscuits

By robochoc (GoodFood Community)
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At Christmas time, as in many Germanic and Eastern European countries, many type of Christmas biscuits or "Cukrovi" are made. This traditional Czech recipe is shaped as a bear's paw and is called "medvedi tlapicky". This version is a slightly Americanised version with the addition of a chocolate coating and the almond "claws". Traditionally the biscuits are simply covered in vanilla icing sugar. This version is the tastiest we've found so far.
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Ingredients

For the dough

  • 270g unsalted butter, softened
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 150g ground almonds or hazelnuts

For decoration

  • 225g good-quality chocolate
  • 50g almonds, blanched and sliced

Method

  • STEP 1
    Heat the oven to 180C / 160C fan oven / gas mark 4.
  • STEP 2
    Thoroughly grease 3 bear paw moulds or madeleine pans with butter.
  • STEP 3
    In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  • STEP 4
    In a separate bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa powder, and nuts. Add to butter-sugar mixture, mixing thoroughly.
  • STEP 5
    Press dough into prepared pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the edges are turning slightly brown.
  • STEP 6
    Allow to cool completely.
  • STEP 7
    Melt chocolate on a bain-marie (bowl sitting on a pan of boiling water). Hold each cookie by the "heel" and dip the top front end of the "paw" into chocolate, and then place on waxed or parchment paper.
  • STEP 8
    Insert four almond "claws" into paw while the chocolate is still wet and let the chocolate hardened completely.
  • STEP 9
    Store covered in an airtight container.

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