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Polar Bear Paws

So close now, everyone!  Christmas is almost here!  What are you hoping Santa will bring you this year? Perhaps the present you always wanted when you were a kid but never received?  Like maybe…

That Easy Bake oven.

That child-size Barbie whose clothes you can wear.

A lifetime supply of Gack! (Anyone else remember that?  If not, it’s some kind of weird super-sticky goo, sort of like Play-Doh, but for the pre-teen crowd because it’s neon green.)

or maybe you want that present to beat ALL PRESENTS…Titanic on VHS!  😉  The nostalgia is really starting to get to me now.

Personally I’m still waiting for my Tamagotchi. I had the off-brand Giga Pet, so I think it’s about time for the real deal, right?  😃

Of course sometimes the best thing about Christmas is the food.  After all, we wouldn’t have so many food traditions around the holidays if that wasn’t the case.  And sometimes it’s the simplest treats from our childhood that endear themselves to our hearts the most: the haystack cookie, Rice Krispie treats, the simple ol’ sugar cookie…

and ANYTHING dunked in almond bark. 😉  I never had many almond bark treats at Christmas when I was a kid, but I’m a total convert.  It melts so beautifully.  But if you want to make anything with vanilla almond bark in Minnesota, make sure to plan ahead. A week before Christmas people buy it up like it’s going out of style.

These little polar bear paws are so simple, but so satisfying. They’re just almond bark, caramel, and peanuts, and whipping cream. And you don’t even have to make your own caramel.  How easy is that?

I also think it would be fun to dunk the caramel-peanut mounds in chocolate almond bark, and maybe call them grizzly bear paws. 😉  Or teddy bear paws. Aww. 😋  That would be awesome to snack on while listening to The Spice Girls on my Walkman.

(From a recipe for polar bear paws on Garnish and Glaze)

Polar Bear Paws
 
Ingredients
  • 1 11 oz bag caramel bits
  • 3 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts
  • 12 oz vanilla almond bark
Instructions
  1. Spray a lipped cookie pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Place caramel bits and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt for 30 second increments, stirring between each heating, until the caramel is completely melted.
  3. Mix in the peanuts and allow mixture to cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Dollop caramel mixture in tablespoon-size amounts onto prepared cookie sheet and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes until set.
  5. Melt almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl, heating for 30 seconds, stirring, and then heating again, continuing until completely melted.
  6. Place caramel mounds in the almond bark, shake off the excess, and place once again on the prepared pan.
  7. Place pan of finished candy in the fridge again and allow to set up for 30 minutes.

 

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice December 20, 2016, 6:58 am

    I LOVED my easy bake oven when I was little! The kid in me wants to get the newest version now, just to see if it’s any better than way back then. But for now, I think I’ll just settle with these bear paws. What a fun treat! Hope you have a great holiday, Amanda!

    • Amanda December 20, 2016, 10:15 am

      I can still remember how those little chocolate cakes tasted in the Easy Bake Oven. Haha! Thanks, Gayle. Have a great holiday!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita December 20, 2016, 4:08 pm

    Easy treats are the best this time of year!! Loving these cute polar bear paws – a dark chocolate grizzly paw would be so adorable too 🙂

    • Amanda December 30, 2016, 3:40 pm

      I love that! Thanks, Rachel!

  • Megan - The Emotional Baker December 21, 2016, 6:26 am

    I definitely agree food is one of the best parts of Christmas!! I’m planning on making lots of new candy treats this week and polar bear paws were already on the list! Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂 Happy Holidays, Amanda!

    • Amanda December 30, 2016, 3:40 pm

      I hope you had a great holiday. Thanks, Megan!

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