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Polar Bear Paw Cookies

These Polar Bear Paw Cookies are so adorable and couldn't be any easier to make! Perfect for a cookie exchange, a cute Christmas cookie for the kids to help make, or even a bear-themed party.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookie recipe, cookies, polar bear paw cookies
Servings: 12 Cookies
Calories: 154kcal


  • 12 each Round Cookies
  • 16 ounces White Icing
  • 12 each Peppermint Patties
  • 48 each Junior Mints
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups Flaked Coconut


  • Purchase or bake (if desired) your favorite flat round shaped cookie. If baking make sure cookies are completely cooled.
  • Make homemade icing according to instructions or use icing from bakery or tub.
  • Using a offset spatula or knife, generously ice each cookie. Make the frosting as even as possible over the top of the cookie and thick enough to hold decorations in place.
  • Place a peppermint patty or oreo near the bottom center edge of the cookie. This will form the pad of the bear paw.
  • Even space and place 4 Junior Mints, M&Ms or Reese's Pieces in an arc shape around the pad of the bear paw to form the toes. Repeat until all cookies are complete.
  • Sprinkle on shredded coconut into the icing of each cookie to make the fur. Cover the top of the cookie, but do not cover up the peppermint patties or the M&Ms. Gently use your fingers to lightly press the coconut into the icing around the paw print, until the cookies look like furry Polar Bear Paws.


  • Use a cookie big enough to hold your chosen candy toppings. My cookies were about 3 inches. I recommend 3 to 3 ½ inches.
  • Make sure to use plenty of icing so that the candy sticks and doesn't fall off.
  • Evenly spread icing on the cookie and gently press the coconut into the icing. Take care to not cover the paw, but if you do a small paint brush works well to dust it off.
Substitutions for candy toppings:
  • Substitutions for paws - Fudge Oreos, Regular or Mint flavored Oreos, a thin Reese's Cup.
  • Substitutions for toes - Brown M&M's or Reese's Pieces, Chocolate-covered raisins or cranberries, or Chocolate-covered peanuts.
  • If you have a smaller cooker size, you could use a chocolate melting wafer for the paw and chocolate chips for the toes.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg