Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies

Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies

I swear, this isn’t just a dessert blog. However, that being said, you should definitely expect at least the next four or five recipes I post to be sweet. I’ve just been majorly inspired to make all the vegan holiday treats lately. I’ve already got several recipes lined up to share.

Now, about these cookies: I used to make something similar to these when I was a kid. I remember the recipe being in a Pillsbury Bake Off Cookbook. My mom and I made them pretty much every year at the holidays. So, while I was pondering the possibilities for potential recipes I could make and share, these seemed like a no-brainer. Shockingly, these turned out to be a huge success on my first try.


Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies - The Bitchy Baker

These cuties are shockingly easy to make, and they’re made with very minimal ingredients that you most likely have already in your kitchen. These cookies are soft, chewy and packed with the flavors of sweet brown sugar and spicy cinnamon. As an added bonus, they’re almost cute enough to thaw my cold, dead, unfeeling heart.


Vegan  Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies - The Bitchy Baker

Now, recipe time. If you make these, please, please, please tag me on Instagram using #BitchyBaker or @Bitchy_Baker <3 Happy Baking!

-Casey


Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies - The Bitchy Baker

Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies
Time: About 90 minutes (this includes 45 minutes of cooling time)


Ingredients:
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup vegan butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk of choice
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

For Decorating:
Powdered Sugar
About three tablespoons of melted dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Make the dough: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a mixing bowl, cream the brown sugar and vegan butter together until fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract, cornstarch and non-dairy milk. Beat to combine thoroughly. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, and salt until combined. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture in two additions. Mix until combined.

  2. Form the dough: Use a two tablespoon-sized scoop to portion 16 cookies. Using your hands, roll each piece of dough into a ball before placing on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Flatten the ball slightly using the palm of your hand. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop three flat teaspoons of dough for each cookie. Roll each teaspoon of dough into a ball. Use two of the balls for the ears, pressing them slightly into the top edges of the larger dough balls (see picture for reference). Place the last smaller dough ball on top of the larger piece of dough, on the bottom half (see photo). Repeat for the remaining cookies.

  3. Bake: Place the tray onto the center rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just firm to the touch. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

  4. Decorate: Dust the cookies with powdered sugar using a sifter or powdered sugar shaker. Transfer a few tablespoons of melted chocolate to a small piping bag, cornet, or ziploc bag. Snip a small hole at the corner and use it to carefully pipe two small dots for the eyes and a triangle for the nose. Allow to set until the chocolate hardens.

  5. Devour: Enjoy!


Notes: Adapted from the recipe for Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies in the Pillsbury Bake Off Cookbook


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