Chocolate Bear Cookies

When I was four, one of my favourite things to buy from the liquor store was a box of ‘Chocolate Bear Cookies’.  These cookies were sold in little boxes meant for one person featuring the picture of a bear face drawn on over the cookie.  They cost 5¢ and came in a little child-sized package – my own personal box of cookies.  Sort of how the Beatrix Potter books are scaled down for tiny hands.

There was also a chocolate chip version:

I hadn’t thought about these for many years, but a few weeks ago I found a recipe for banana fudge cookies in the Guardian.  They taste just like Chocolate Bear Cookies!

Ask your Mom to preheat the oven to 350°

Beat until fluffy:

  • 125grams caster sugar

  • 125grams soft light brown sugar

  • 2 smashed very ripe bananas

  • 250 grams unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract

Sift together and beat in:

  • 200 grams plain flour

  • 50grams unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

Stir in:

  • 175 grams rolled oats

Cover and chill for 30 minutes.  Spoon walnut-sized nuggets out of the bowl, roughly shape into balls, press these onto a greased baking tray spaced about 1 inch apart.  Put the bowl of cookie dough back in the refrigerator while you do the next part.  Then sift a heavy coating of powdered (icing) sugar onto each cookie dough blob so that it completely disappears undereath the whiteness.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the cookies look baked.  Leave them for a moment and then ease them onto a rack to cool using a spatula.   Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy with a glass of milk!

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