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Chocolate Chip Teddy Bear Cookies with Easy Cookie Frosting

Quick, easy chocolate chip cookies, but kawaii. These teddy bear cookies crisp, chewy, aren’t too sweet, and are full of flavor & cuteness! <3 🙂

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Chocolate chip teddy bear cookies on a silicone baking mat

About these teddy bear cookies

Wow, it’s been a few months since my last post! Life has been pretty busy for me because I moved to a different neighborhood in Boston, switched jobs, and had my first few pop-ups! But, now I’m back with one of the classics: chocolate chip cookies. Kawaii, of course.

Over the past few days, I was brainstorming what kind of cookie recipe I should share next. Then, I realized I never even posted a basic chocolate chip one! So, here is one of my OG cookie recipes.

These bear cookies are soft, a ‘lil ~chewy and gooey~, and just a bit too cute to eat. They’re super easy to decorate, too. I came up with a VERY SIMPLE icing recipe, meaning no royal icing needed or anything fancy. That means no egg whites, aquafaba, glycerin, yadda yadda… just powdered sugar and a bit of water.. seriously.

However, if you don’t want to make icing, you can always use melted chocolates or candy melts instead. It’s up to you, of course!

Teddy bear chocolate chip cookie cross section

Why you should make these kawaii cookies

Check out these reviews below—they speak for themselves! 🙂

“These are the cutest [bear] cookies I’ve ever made! The recipe was so easy to follow and they turned out perfectly on my first try! I’ve never decorated cookies before and so I was a little intimidated, but the simple icing recipe made it so easy and I loved the outcome! I’ll definitely be making these again for my friends!” – Maurene, commenter

“OMG, these cookies are so adorable and turned out so well!
I’ve made these multiple times now and I love them so much 😭😭 Thank you so much for making all these wonderful recipes 💖💖” Matty, commenter

“I made this recipe with a friend of mine and these were the cutest, tastiest cookies I’ve made in SOOO long!! The recipe was easy and made cookie decorating actually feel possible! I will definitely make this and other recipes from Bianca again 🥰” – Bianca, commenter

Equipment

Ingredients

For the chocolate chip cookie dough:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Table salt: I use Morton’s.
  • Unsalted butter: I like using Vital Farms.
  • Light or dark brown sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips: semi-sweet, dark.. up to you!

For the easy cookie icing:

  • Powdered sugar
  • Water
  • Food coloring: I always prefer using gel food coloring because it is highly pigmented. A little goes a long way!
  1. Mise en place: aka “put in place”. This French saying simply means measure out all of the ingredients and prep your equipment beforehand. This helps you stay more organized and move more seamlessly in the kitchen.
  2. Kinda melt the butter: In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave cold butter for about 20-30 seconds. It will be mostly melted, but still have some solid chunks. I like this method because sometimes I forget to leave butter out at room temp, and I want cookies ASAP! Semi melting the butter gives you both softened + melted butter, making these cookies great.
  3. Mix butter and sugars: In your large mixing bowl or bowl of stand mixer, mix together the semi-melted butter and sugars until smooth.
  4. Add egg and vanilla: Whisk in these ingredients until fully combined.
  5. Dump in dry ingredients + chocolate chips: Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips all at the same time. Fold the batter until no dry spots remain.
  6. Shape bear cookies: For the head, use a small cookie scoop to roll 1 ½ tbsp of dough. Place on a lined baking tray. For the ears, roll ½ tsp balls of dough and place 2 on the sides of each head.
  7. Bake: Bake the kawaii cookies at 350°F for 10-13 minutes, or until edges are fully browned. As they cool, make the icing.
  8. Make the easy cookie icing: Combine water and sugar until you get a thick, but pipable consistency. Keep some white icing, then color the rest using black and pink food coloring. Use these to decorate the bear cookies.
  9. Store: Store in an airtight container for up 5 days.

And there you have it… easiest chocolate chip cookies ever!

Close up of baked teddy bear cookies

FAQs

Can I make them gluten-free?

Yes! To make these pumpkin cookies gluten-free, I recommend using a high quality 1:1 gluten-free flour, like King Arthur or Bob’s Red Mill.

Can I freeze the dough?

Yes, you can. I recommend lining a plate or baking tray. Place the heads and ears on top; you don’t need to connect them now, since they may break apart when being stored. Freeze dough balls for about 1 hour.
Once they’re fully solid, transfer the dough balls to a large freezer bag or airtight container. They should keep for up to 3 months.
Bake as usual, but add about 2-3 more minutes to the baking time.

Tips

  • Use a kitchen scale: I LOVE using a kitchen scale because it always yields consistent, accurate results when measuring ingredients. However, if you’re measuring your dry ingredients with cups, make sure you follow this tip: gently spoon in the flour into the cup until it’s full, then scrape the excess off using the back of a knife or offset spatula.
  • Decorating: If you don’t feel like making my easy icing recipe, feel free to use melted chocolate! You can use melted white chocolate for the snout and ears, then milk/dark chocolate for the eyes and smile. For the blush, you can dye white chocolate with pink or red oil-based food coloring. If you don’t have oil-based food coloring, the chocolate will seize and clump up. To combat this, stir in a few drops of neutral oil (canola, vegetable) until the chocolate smooths back out.

How to store freshly baked cookies

You can freeze the raw dough balls in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You don’t have to freeze the shaped bears, you can freeze the ears and heads separately. This is because they might break in the freezer anyway, if thrown around.

Bake as usual—just add 1-2 more minutes to the time.

For freshly baked cookies, allow them to fully cool. Then, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

I really hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make these kawaii cookies, I’d love to see them. You can tag me at #bitesbybianca / @bitesbybianca on Instagram. Enjoy! 

📖 Recipe

Cute chocolate chip cookies decorated as teddy bears.

Teddy Bear Chocolate Chip Cookies (with EASY ICING RECIPE!)

Bites by Bianca
The classic chocolate chip cookie meets kawaii baking.
These cookies are soft, have a slight chew, and are balanced with the perfect amount of salt.
4.87 from 36 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12 bear cookies
Calories 272 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 hand whisk, electric whisk, or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment
  • 1 rubber spatula
  • 1 microwave-safe bowl
  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 medium mixing bowl
  • 1 large mixing bowl or bowl of stand mixer
  • parchment paper or silicone mats
  • 3 piping bags or ziploc bags

Ingredients

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp table salt

Wet ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix-ins:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Decorations for face:

  • 4 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1-2½ tsp water

Instructions
 

For the cookie dough:

  • Place oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper/silicone mat.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients: 1 ½ c all-purpose flour, ¼ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda, and ¾ tsp salt.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, add unwrapped stick of butter. Microwave for about 20-30 seconds. It will be mostly melted, but still have some solid chunks.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the melted-ish butter, ⅓ c brown sugar, and ½ cup granulated sugar until smooth.
  • Add 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla extract to the mixture. Whisk until combined.
  • Dump in all of the dry ingredients and 1 c chocolate chips. Fold together using rubber spatula until no dry flour remains.
  • Use cookie scoop to gather dough (about 1 ½ tablespoons each) and place on lined baking sheet. This will be the bear's head. For the ears, take about 1 tsp of dough (without any chocolate chips mixed into it), split it in 2, and place on top left and right sides of the head.
    Repeat for other bears, spacing the cookies about 3 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. Remove from oven.
    Allow to cool on sheet for at least 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.

For the faces:

  • *If you don't have piping bags, you can use ziploc bags and cut the tip off of one corner.
  • In a small bowl, add 4 tbsp of powdered sugar. Add ¼ tsp of water at a time, mixing until you get a pipeable consistency. You may need up to 2 ½ tsp of water.
    If it's too liquidy, add more powdered sugar. If it's too stiff, add more water.
  • Pour half of the mixture into a piping bag. This will be the white color for the snout and ears.
  • To the remaining icing, add a drop of pink food coloring. Mix until combined, then add half of this mixture to another piping bag. This will be the blush.
  • To the rest of the icing, add black food coloring. Mix until combined, then transfer all of the icing to another piping bag. This will be for the nose and eyes.
  • Snip the very ends of the piping bags. First, pipe the snouts and ears using the white icing. Once the snouts are semi-dry, pipe the noses and eyes using the black icing. Finish with the pink icing for the blush.
  • Enjoy! 🙂

Notes

  • Store cookies at room temp in airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 208mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 256IUCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg
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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Loved these! They were really tasty and even with my poor decorating skills they came out cute. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I made the gluten free version and they are just fantastic!

    I was wondering if the recipe would work with less sugar or if that would destroy the texture? I wanted to do a more diabetes friendly version :))

  3. 5 stars
    These are the cutest cookies I’ve ever made! The recipe was so easy to follow and they turned out perfectly on my first try! I’ve never decorated cookies before and so I was a little intimidated, but the simple icing recipe made it so easy and I loved the outcome! I’ll definitely be making these again for my friends!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious chocolate chip cookies. The recipe was quick and simple to follow and it worked out great for me, ears and all. Will definitely be making these cuties again!

  5. 5 stars
    OMG, these cookies are so adorable and turned out so well!
    I’ve made these multiple times now and I love them so much😭😭
    Thank you so much for making all these wonderful recipes💖💖

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe with a friend of mine and these were the cutest, tastiest cookies I’ve made in SOOO long!! The recipe was easy and made cookie decorating actually feel possible! I will definitely make this and other recipes from Bianca again 🥰

  7. 5 stars
    I made these for Valentine’s Day, and they came out great! I used melted chocolate instead of icing for the faces, and used both white and semisweet chocolate chips in the dough. I ended up with around 18 cookies total.

    1. These cookies are so cute and delicious. I followed the recipe step-by-step and they turned out really good! I will definitely be making these cookies again and try more of Bianca’s recipes.

  8. 5 stars
    Tried these today! I made the bears but without decorating their face, the cookies are so delicious! I didn’t have a cookie scoop, just rolled them on my own. Made about 20 cookies.

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