Pop goes the... groundhog?
Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

with your food!

Don't brave the cold weather to find out if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow this Groundhog Day — stay inside and make your own pop-up groundhog cookies instead!

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!

Pop-up groundhog cookie recipe

Pop-up ground hog cookie

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)



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 one minute. Remove from heat. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Mix well.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe


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.)

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe


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 two black dots on the eyes with an edible food color marker.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe


Assemble the cookie

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

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe


Play with your food!

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

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

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.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

Final product

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog! | SheKnows

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Comments on "Pop-up groundhog cookies"

Susan February 02, 2014 | 6:32 PM

Would you please link to a print option and a sent option that is NOT on facebook. I am a teacher and don't want to "get caught" on facebook. I know what is right an wrong, but I refuse to take chance with having a facebook account. Please make your recipes available to all of us.

tavette January 25, 2014 | 8:04 AM

Since the groundhog is not attached to the cookie, I'm trying to figure out what keeps him from not tipping to one side as he comes up and out of the hole. Also - when making him, it seems you'd need to measure his bottom so it's big enough that he doesn't fall into the center of the cookie but not so big that it won't emerge from the hole in the center of the mound. That could be tricky. Looks like he's shaped like a bowling pin or one of those fake birds people used to have in the bottom of a bird cage (to entertain their real bird). Love the idea and would like to make some but any advice or helpful hints on these questions? Thanks.

Sandra January 21, 2014 | 8:48 AM

I've seen quite a few chocolate no-bake cookie recipes that omit the peanut butter. It's the same recipe, they just use a full cup of butter (instead of 1/2 cup), and 1/3 cup of cocoa (instead of 1/4 cup). Give it a try!

Gwen January 04, 2014 | 3:45 PM

I just LOVE these and might make them for my Aunt's birthday dinner (another Groundhog Day birthday) - question: one of the children attending has a nut allergy . . . do you think the 'mounds' will still turn out WITHOUT adding the peanut butter? Or is there a suggested substitute?

Novice momma January 02, 2014 | 10:18 AM

I can't wait to make these for my one year old's birthday - he was born on groundhog day! They may become a tradition :)

Nina February 24, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Made these! Everyone LOVED them, even the guys thought they were cute and tasty. Took some time to ensemble but end the end they were worth it. They were a hit!

Chrisina V. February 04, 2013 | 9:45 PM

*****Definetly a five star cookie. Not only adorable and creative of which everyone will love; but very yummy too! C:

Brittany February 01, 2013 | 11:07 PM

These are so cute. Made them today and my husband says they are really adorable and delicious.

Sandra February 01, 2013 | 7:04 PM

The eyes and teeth are made out of white decorator candies that you can buy to sprinkle on cupcakes.

Lisa ZT February 01, 2013 | 6:20 PM

Super Cute! My kids wanted me to make these for thier basketball teams for Groundhog day....it was late and I was in a rush so I improvised and opted for the "quick" version...the cookie mound with a chocolate Teddy Graham for the groundhog. Really want to try this version when I have more time. Thanks!

Beth February 01, 2013 | 1:44 PM

Well, jonny, the reason to make them is to celebrate Groundhog Day in a winsome and tasty way! I made these for a friend's daughter's class today and the 9 year olds loved them! I also made a batch for me and my husband. A little silliness never hurt anyone!

Girt January 31, 2013 | 2:52 AM

My sisters B-day is 2/2 these cookies will replace her cake Thank You

Danielle Kennedy January 30, 2013 | 12:07 PM

This is the cutest thing ever! I have to make these!

Mildred January 30, 2013 | 8:19 AM

what are the eyes and teeth made out of?

Lisa@hooplapalooza January 29, 2013 | 6:42 AM

these are hilarious! i love hilarious cute food :)

Mildred Roberts January 27, 2013 | 5:58 PM

Shadow or not, they'll be yummy! Six more weeks of eating!

Sherrie January 26, 2013 | 2:03 PM

These are so cute. I can't wait to make them soon ! Thanks for sharing this. I put it on my facebook page for others to see too. Great idea for cookies to make with kids. :)

Erin January 26, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Yummy! Totally craving these now!

Myra January 25, 2013 | 8:05 PM

the cutest little things I have ever seen. I'm going to make them

Cathy January 25, 2013 | 6:45 PM

Soooooo fun!!!

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