Decorated Polar Bear Cookies

In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of bears on this blog because I am a bit obsessed with them. I love turning my favorite animals into treats, but the problem I have been having is trying to finding the perfect cookie cutter to make them. Until now I have been using a baby cookie cutter and hand cutting little pieces of cookie dough to use as ears. Well, all of that is in the past because The Cookie Cutter Kingdom has made the cutter I have been waiting for. I used it to make these decorated polar bear cookies and I couldn’t be happier.

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Look at the shape of this bear. There are so many different animals you could make if you trace the cutter on a piece of paper add draw for a little while. I see at least four animals, but my favorite is a koala bear. Flip the cutter upside down and take a look. Do you see it now?


This is a perfect example of how you can take one cutter and make many different cookie designs with one simple shape. Have you had enough of flipping cookie cutters around and imagining what cookies they could become? Let’s make a few polar bear cookies because they’re pretty cute cookies.

Supplies for Decorated Polar Bear Cookies:
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(choose from one of my recipes if you’d like)

Royal Icing Recipe
(here is my recipe for half a batch or full batch of royal icing)

Royal Icing Colors:
White 15 Second Icing
Yellow for the Stars
Red or Pink Food Gel Colors and a Paint Brush for the Ears

Cute Polar Bear Cookie Cutter – I used the 3″
Star Cookie Cutter
Fish Cookie Cutter


Decorating Bags or Bottles or Tipless Piping Bags
#2 PME Decorating Tips, #2.5 PME Decorating Tip or #3 PME Decorating Tips – you can use Wilton or Ateco tips, I prefer PME Decorating Tip
Black Jelly Beans
4 mm Black Pearl Dragees
Paint Brush

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  • Begin by outlining and flooding the polar bear cookie with the white icing and let it dry for a few hours.
  • Next, paint inside of the ears pink and we’ll talk a little more about that in a minute.
  • Pipe a little white icing onto the tummy of the bear cookie and use a paintbrush to tap the icing around so it will look like fur.
  • Let’s give this bear a little more personality by outlining and flooding the head and feet with white royal icing.
  • Let it dry for about 10-20 minutes.
  • Next, outline and flood the arms so they’ll stand out a little.
  • Let the cookies dry completely before you add the fur or you could accidentally cave the royal icing in. It’s probably best if you let this part dry overnight so you can tap the brush to make the fur without worrying about breaking the icing.

Let’s take a closer look at how to add the pink to the inside of the ears because bear ears are super cute.

Follow this Step by Step Tutorial to Learn How to Make These Decorated Polar Bear Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

Painting on a cookie is a lot like painting with watercolors because it’s simple.

Here are a few tips that will help you.

  1. Dry food gel colors work really well as Arty McGoo has taught us and she is so right. She suggests using Wilton and I totally agree because it seems to work a little better.
  2. Be careful with the amount of water you use because too much can cause the base coat of royal icing to dissolve.
  3. Make sure the base coat of the icing is completely dry before you begin painting.

Time to paint:

  • Dip your paintbrush into some water and place it on a paper towel to remove some of the water.
  • Dip the brush into some dried food gel color and paint the inside of the ears. When I say dried food gel color I mean place some of your food gel on a dish and let it dry for a day or so because it works better than wet food gel.

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  • Adding the fur takes a little more time than just flooding and outlining a cookie. It is another step but totally worth it when making cute little decorated polar bear cookies.
  • Pipe a little icing onto the area you want to cover with fur.
  • Use a dry paintbrush to gently tap the icing.
  • Continue until the area is covered

How to Make Decorated Polar Bear Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • While the icing is wet, add the Jelly Bean nose.

How to Easy Make Decorated Polar Bear Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

  • While the icing is wet, add the 4mm black dragees for the eyes.

Decorated Polar Bear Cookies with a Step by Step Tutorial | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Use a toothpick, scribe tool or turkey lacer to remove the fur from the different sections of the bear. This will help give your little decorated polar bear cookies some definition.

Fun Decorated Polar Bear Cookie | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Repeat the process for the feet.
  • Add one Jelly Bean and 4 4mm dragees for the toes.

Cute Decorated Polar Bear Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

All done!

Learn How to Make These Decorated Polar Bear Cookies | The Bearfoot Baker

Remember the simple penguin cookies from the other day? I told you I used the fish cookies in another set of cookies and I promise I won’t use them in every set, but once you make them, you’ll want to make them again and again.

Grab some of your cookie cutters and flip them around trace them onto some paper to see how many different designs you can make. I bet you will be surprised how many you can get from one cutter because nothing is stopping you.

More Polar Bear Treats:
Celebrate the Snow With Polar Bear Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle
Polar Teddy Bear Cookies by Make Me Cake Me
Easy Polar Bear Cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle
Polar Bear Cookies
Simple Polar Bear Cookies
Easy Polar Bear Cookies

Bear hugs,