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Pop-Up Groundhog Cookies to Celebrate the End (We Hope) of Winter

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies

Is it strange that Americans keep up a tradition of letting a rodent decide when we're calling it on winter? Yes. And while Groundhog Day isn't exactly the most exciting holiday on the calendar, you can make it a heck of a lot more festive with these easy, adorable cookies.

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Cross your fingers good ol' Punxsutawney Phil calls an end to this winter, but if not, at least you'll have these edible little guys to console you.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
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Pop-up groundhog cookie recipe

Yields 12 – 15 cookies, depending on size of cookie mounds

Ingredients & supplies:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal (preferably quick-cooking oats)
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts
  • White decorator candy balls and sprinkles
  • Black food color marker
  • Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe cookies (or a similar cookie with a hole in the center)
  • 1-inch diameter plastic cake dowels (cut into 2-inch segments)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

1. Mix the no-bake cookie mounds

Before mixing the cookies, arrange your plastic cake dowels on a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper. In a large pan on the stove, mix and melt the sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk over high heat. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Mix well.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
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2. Form the no-bake cookie mounds

With a teaspoon, scoop and drop your cookie mixture around the plastic dowels, forming small mounds about the same size as the Fudge Stripe cookies. Allow the cookie mounds to cool and harden completely before removing the plastic dowels. (Note: Don't attempt to cut out the center of the cookie after it has cooled, as the hardened cookies will crack.)

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

3. Make the groundhogs

Soften a Tootsie Roll with your hands or in a microwave for a few seconds. Mold the ears and head, and widen the body so that it has a base slightly larger than the hole of your Fudge Stripe cookies but will fit through the hole in the cookie mound. Secure the eyes and teeth with a tiny dab of chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts. Make a nose with another dab of chocolate. Draw 2 black dots on the eyes with an edible food color marker.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

4. Assemble the cookie

Pipe a circle of chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts onto the Fudge Stripe cookie. Place 1 Tootsie Roll groundhog over the center hole. Place a cookie mound over both, securing it to the frosted bottom cookie. Allow the chocolate to harden.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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5. Play with your food!

Insert your pinkie or index finger into the hole to make your groundhog move up and down.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies
Image: SheKnows

Optional: If you want to make it look like your groundhogs are coming out of a snow-covered mound, just sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.

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You can also make a savory Groundhog Day dinner with these adorable groundhog hot dogs.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with these adorable pop-up groundhog cookies

Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows/Design: Tiffany Egbert/SheKnows

A version of this article was originally published in January 2013.

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