Hungry Happenings: Sweet Treat for Winter - Nutter Butter Polar Bear Cookies

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sweet Treat for Winter - Nutter Butter Polar Bear Cookies


Once again, a simple peanut shaped Nutter Butter Cookie has found it's way onto my blog. Every time I look at a Nutter Butter, I can't help but envision it as an edible craft - and then I eat it. A few cookies do actually survive to become penguins, skulls, puppies, fuzzy pink slippers, or in this case, polar bears. 

Nutter Butter Polar Bears

Before you begin, read my Chocolate Making Tips page if you don't have experience melting and working with candy coating or chocolate. 

You'll need:

2 mini marshmallows per polar bear
melted white confectionery coating/candy melts or melted and tempered pure white chocolate
Nutter Butter Cookies
2 mini chocolate chips per polar bear
1 large chocolate chip per polar bear*
black food coloring marker

*You need a chip that is about 1/2 inch in diameter, which is larger than a standard size chip.
I used Kroger's Private Selection Brand Semi Sweet Chips,
but Callebaut Chocolate Callets are also the perfect size. 

Supplies:

kitchen shears (scissors) or a knife
candy dipping fork or kitchen fork
parchment paper cut into small squares set on a plate or baking sheet

Instructions: 


Flatten two mini marshmallows into a circle. Use kitchen shears or a knife to cut off a small piece from one edge so that you can attach the marshmallows to your Nutter Butter. 

Dip the cut end of the marshmallow into the melted white confectionery coating. 

Press one on each side of the top half of a Nutter Butter Cookie to create the polar bear's ears. 

Allow the candy coating to dry. 

Dip the Nutter Butter Cookie into the melted white candy coating, completely submerging it. Use a dipping fork or a kitchen fork to lift the Nutter Butter up out of the white confectionery coating. Allow excess coating to drip off. 

Set the dipped cookie on parchment paper. 

Immediately while the coating is still wet, press two mini chocolate chips on the cookie for the eyes and one large chocolate chip for the nose. 

Freeze for 5 minutes until the candy coating is set. If using pure white chocolate refrigerate instead. 

Allow cookie to come to room temperature, then use a food coloring marker to draw on a mouth and eye brows. 

Tips:  If you are dipping your Nutter Butter Cookies into white confectionery coating, in order to get nice shiny looking polar bears you'll want to dip one, decorate it, then place it in the freezer. If you leave your dipped cookies out at room temperature for too long they will develop streaks and spots. If you use small squares of parchment paper set on plates or baking sheets you can easily put your cookies in the freezer as you finish decorating each one. 

Store your Nutter Butter Polar Bears in an airtight container for up to several weeks. Do not store in the refrigerator or freezer. 

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20 comments:

  1. Awwww, so adorable! Very very cute! Thanks for the instructions! :)

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  2. oh Beth! these guys make me giggle! :>D

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  3. With just a few supplies you have created a an adorable polar bear!

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  4. You've done it again, Beth! Your polar bears are perfectly darling! I need to have a closer look at those Nutter Butters and come up with something:)

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  5. Cute! Perfect for these cold temps right now.

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  6. geepers these are just adorable for sure.

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  7. You've done it again!! Just too cute and clever. I'd love to hop into your brain and see all your fabulous ideas. I know I'd spend hours there and have a ball!! N.

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  8. A cup of coffee would go great with these. I'm currently hosting a giveaway to win a $20 Starbucks gift card and would love for you to enter! http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/2013/01/love-is-in-air-giveaway.html

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  9. Hello!
    I found you from the Mop it up Mondays link up. I would love to have you come share your post with my readers over at Sassy Little Lady’s Show and Tell Saturday. Hope to see you there!

    Kathie
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday

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  10. I found you from the Show and Tell Saturday link up. What cute cookies! I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share! http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-1/

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  11. Thank you for linking up with me for Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady! Be sure to stop by next week!
    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday
    Kathie

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  12. So cute, i know these would fascinate the children.

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  13. So Cute and delicious too! I just have to try to keep people out of the cookies so I can create before they gobble them up! Nutter Butters are a favorite at our house. Thank You for the instruction Beth, these will be FUN to make :)
    Buffy

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