Chocolate Holiday Bears

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding
1 egg
1-3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3 squares BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
decorations: assorted small candies, raisins, sprinkles, colored sugars, JET PUFFED Mini Marshmallows

HEAT oven to 350°F. Beat butter, sugar, dry pudding mix and egg in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Mix flour and baking soda; gradually add to pudding mixture, beating well after each addition. Shape into ball.

ROLL out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch-thickness. Cut out dough using 4-inch bear-shaped cookie cutter; place, 2 inches apart, on greased baking sheets. Reroll scraps and use to cut additional cookies. Decorate with small candies, raisins or sprinkles for eyes, mouth and buttons, pressing decorations lightly into dough to secure.

BAKE 12 to 14 min. or until slightly firm. Let stand on baking sheets 2 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

MELT chocolate; spread onto bottom halves of bears for the pants or skirts. Use remaining chocolate to attach remaining decorations. Let stand until chocolate is firm.



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