Bear Paws – Medvědí tlapky



Prep: 30 minutes
Hands On & Bake: 1 hour 20 minutes
Bake: 350 °F (180 °C) 9 minutes on top rack
Coat with Sugar: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

About 10 dozen small cookies

2 cups (280 g) all purpose flour
1 1⁄4 cups (150 g) powdered sugar
1 cup (100 g) walnuts
1⁄2 cup (35 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
10 whole cloves or 1⁄4 tsp ground cloves
1 cinnamon stick or 1 1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 lemon for zest
2 sticks (1 cup / 230 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
Unsalted butter for coating the forms, at room temperature

1 cup (120 g) powdered sugar or 1 cup (200 g) granulated white sugar (to make your own powdered sugar)
1 vanilla bean

  1. Hi Kristyna,
    thanks for the tip with the powdered sugar. I noticed before that the sugar was melting on my cookies, when I was covering them, but I’ve never had an idea why. I just didn’t remember that being the case in the Czech Rep. Now it makes sense.
    By the way, I’ve always understood that the name is connected to the shape of the original Czech molds used for these cookies. They resemble bear paws. They are actually still sold in the Czech Rep. You just have a set with different shapes, so the connection is not obvious.

    1. That is great info! Thank you Katerina! 🙂 Yes, I didn’t notice. 🙂

      1. Madeleine pans would probably work well for bear claws.

        1. Yes, they would. It just easier to use baking mold sheet since it is much less work. 🙂

        2. WHAT A GRAND IDEA!!! THANK YOU!!Děkuji, Veselé Vánoce!

  2. Hi Krystina,
    I tried few times to play this video but unsuccessfully. Is it still available? I have your book and read all the steps of this receipt but I wanted to see video yet to make sure I do everything correct. Thank you very much in advance and have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Lidia, thank you for letting me know. Youtube changed their editing program and some videos stopped working on a phone. 🙁 It does work on a laptop. I am sorry about that.

  3. Where can I get the molds you use?

    1. Currently only in the Czech Republic. I will try to have them on my Amazon.

  4. No egg? What does adding egg do?

    1. Yes no egg. It needs to stay crumbly. Egg will connect it.

  5. When do you add the vanilla bean to the topping?

    1. You add it into the powdered sugar.

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