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Pop-up groundhog cookies are almost too cute to eat

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...

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe

There's only one way to celebrate when Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow (or not) — by making cute cookies in his honor. Pop-up Groundhog Day cookies will keep your spirits up even when Phil predicts more winter ahead.

These adorable groundhog cookies are edible, movable and easy to make. The best part is, you can find out for yourself if we should expect six more weeks of winter from the comfort of your kitchen. So go ahead — play with your food!

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Pop-up groundhog cookie recipe

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

Ingredients and 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.

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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.)

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
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.

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
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.

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

5. Play with your food!

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

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
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.

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows; Graphic: Tiffany Egbert

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

Chocolate Punxsutawney Phil pops up from his cookie mound in the cutest-ever Groundhog Day recipe
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

More food crafts

Rum and Coke cookies
Edible teacup cookies
Candy kebabs

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 1/27/2016

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