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Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies

These adorable Vegan Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies are soft, tender, and loaded with the flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and chocolate.
Course Dessert
Keyword bears, brown sugar, chocolate, Christmas, Cinnamon, Cookies, Holidays, soft
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16 Cookies
Author thepeacefulepicurean


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup vegan butter (usually about two sticks)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • powdered sugar (for dusting)
  • 3-4 tablespoons melted dark chocolate (for decorating)


  • Make the dough: Preheat oven to 350 F. In a mixing bowl, cream the brown sugar and vegan butter together until fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract, cornstarch and non-dairy milk. Beat to combine thoroughly. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, and salt until combined. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture in two additions. Mix until combined.
  • Form the dough: Use a two tablespoon-sized scoop to portion 16 cookies. Using your hands, roll each piece of dough into a ball before placing on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Flatten the ball slightly using the palm of your hand. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop three flat teaspoons of dough for each cookie. Roll each teaspoon of dough into a ball. Use two of the balls for the ears, pressing them slightly into the top edges of the larger dough balls (see picture for reference). Place the last smaller dough ball on top of the larger piece of dough, on the bottom half (see photo). Repeat for the remaining cookies.
  • Bake: Place the tray onto the center rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 12-16 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just firm to the touch. Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  • Decorate: Dust the cookies with powdered sugar using a sifter or powdered sugar shaker. Transfer a few tablespoons of melted chocolate to a small piping bag, cornet, or ziploc bag. Snip a small hole at the corner and use it to carefully pipe two small dots for the eyes and a triangle for the nose. Allow to set until the chocolate hardens.
  • Enjoy!


Adapted from the recipe for Cinnamon Polar Bear Cookies in the Pillsbury Bake Off Cookbook