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Bear Claws

What you need: 

Sweet Dough:
1 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons margarine or coconut oil
1/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 1/2 cups flour (I used 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat)
2-3 tablespoons melted margarine (for brushing on the dough), divided Filling:
2 apples, diced
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 lemon or large lime, juiced
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds)

What you do: 

1. Heat milk and stir in sugar, salt, and margarine or coconut oil. Cool to lukewarm. Pour warm water into large bowl and sprinkle on the yeast. Stir until dissolved. Add the lukewarm milk mixture, baking powder and half of the flour to the yeast mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour to make a stiff dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
2. Put the dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Once doubled in size, punch down dough and roll out into a 9”x18” rectangle on a floured surface. Brush the rectangle with 1 tablespoon of the melted margarine. Grease a baking sheet, and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
3. Combine all the filling ingredients except nuts and set aside for 5-10 minutes to let the flavors meld. Once nice and juicy, heat in the microwave or stovetop until the liquid starts to boil and thicken. Sprinkle nuts over the dough, then spread the apple mixture on top of that. Fold outside 1/3 of dough over center. Fold again to make a 3-layer strip 18” long. Pinch ends to seal. Cut and divide the dough into 9 2”x3” sections. Make four 1/4" cuts in one side of each section.
4. On prepared baking sheet, take each piece and shape into bear claws. Do this by spreading the four cut sections in a kind of arc. Brush each bear claw with margarine and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Let rise, uncovered, until doubled in size, about one hour. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 
2 1/2 hours
Cooking Time: 


I made these and my non-vegetarian family loved them.  However, the ingredients state "baking powder" while the directions state "baking soda."  Can Oktokrewl comment on which it's supposed to be?


Hehe no problem about posting the pic in the review.. it's pretty :)..

but there are a few things i can think of that would have made your dough tough..

first, I am super lazy and never knead my dough as long as it says.. I prolly kneaded it for 4 instead of 8 minutes..

second, i live in the caribbean and it is really hot and humid here, so maybe my dough had more moisture in it and was able to rise more?

third, i dont actually measure my yeast cuz i have a large bag of it, so its possible i poured more than the recipe called for..

and lastly, i really dont think the "whole wheat flour" here on the island is actually whole wheat flour.. I have heard rumors that it is actually white flour with wheat bran added back in, but have never been able to confirm anything.. they sell it in clear plastic bags.. in my experience, white flour is much softer and rises alot more than wheat, so there is that..

anyways.. I really hope it works out for you, cuz they were sooo good.. my husband doesnt like food very much and he ate these like everyday for a week, which is saying alot ;)

good luck and let me know what happens!


Sorry, I didn't mean to post the pic with the I don't know how to fix it either!


I just made this recipe.  I am not sure what happened but the dough was stiff, tough and very hard to work with.  It was so hard to work with that I had to make it into a strudel-ly type thing instead of bear claws.  It looks pretty and tastes good but the dough is still tough.  I will try the recipe again because my son likes it and maybe I did something wrong or left out an ingredient although I don't think so.  I make bread all the time so I am use to working with dough...I will post again when I make them again. My sons were at home while I was making them so maybe I was distracted and forgot to add something.  : O


omg my bf is gonna flip when i make these!! this looks like a great recipe! i'll post again when i try it! thnks


Wow, these look absloutely AMAZING! I can't wait to try them!! :)



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