Skip to Content

Chocolate Cookie Bears (or bunnies or pretzels or anything else!)

Today, I’ve got a kid-friendly chocolate cookie recipe for you, which I think originally comes from a Hershey’s cookbook.

chocolate cookie dough

(Remember when we used to save UPC codes to send in for freebies??)

My mom used to make these with my siblings and me when we were kids, and I’ve done the same with mine, plus lots of nieces, nephews, and my friends’ children.

Chocolate cookie bears

The recipe is for a fairly basic chocolate cookie, but the dough is firm enough to roll into all sorts of different shapes.

chocolate cookie play dough

Since this is fun for kids to do, we’ve made these several times when my children have had friends over (usually for their birthdays)….it makes for very cheap birthday entertainment!

kids making cookies

And I have never met a kid who doesn’t enjoy playing with chocolate cookie dough.

Joshua Sonia chocolate cookies


The dough is very easy to make. You cream the butter and sugar,

creamed butter and sugar

and beat in the eggs.


Then you mix the dry ingredients together,

chocolate cookie dry ingredients

and add them to the butter/egg/sugar mixture.

chocolate cookie dough

After the dough hangs out in the fridge for a couple of hours, it will be firm enough to shape.

Sonia making cookies

You can make whatever shapes you want,

chocolate cookie play dough

and it’s helpful to use a toothpick to make noses and eyes and the like.

Chocolate cookie bears
The cookies take about 6-8 minutes to bake (less if you’ve done some skinny shapes).

Things like letters or numbers tend to dry out quickly, so if you want them to be moist, either remove them early on in the baking, or put all the skinny shapes on a separate cookie sheet.

chocolate cookie play dough

Chocolate cookie bears

Chocolate Cookie Bears (or bunnies or pretzels or anything else!)

Yield: 24 cookies, depending on size and shapes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 21 minutes

This recipe is like chocolate play-dough that you get to shape, bake, and eat! Kids love it.


  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Cream butter and sugar; beat in vanilla and eggs.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Gradually add cocoa mixture to creamed mixture.
  4. Cover and chill 1-2 hours or until firm enough to handle
  5. Shape dough into desired shapes; place on ungreased baking sheet and bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes or until firm.


If you've made small or skinny shapes, watch them carefully so they don't burn!

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 139Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 29mgSodium 95mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 2g

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Monday 17th of June 2019

Wow, look at how young your kids are in those photos! I have a recipe called "Winter Fun Cookies" from somewhere, and it is very similar, but not chocolate. The winter fun cookies can be rolled into skinny logs to make holly leaves with berries, stars, angels, bells (with clapper) etc., and the dough can be dyed green and red. But chocolate, yum.


Monday 17th of June 2019

I know! They were so small and cute. :) Good memories.


Monday 17th of June 2019

So fun! Thanks so much for sharing. This will be a great activity for our kiddos.


Saturday 11th of July 2009

I made these today with my daughter. Well, actually we made the dough a few days ago, when we had some time, and then we shaped and baked them today. So fun! She said it was like play-doh you can eat! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us, Kristen.


Sunday 12th of April 2009

I made these today in the peep shape. They are so easy, simple ingredients, and yummy! Plus I had a bunch of cocoa powder I needed to use up.


Thursday 9th of April 2009

Frugal Dreamer- Not all children are as adorable as Kristen's! I'm only halfway joking...

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Skip to Recipe