How to Make Papa Bear Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin • May 18, 2020

How to Make Papa Bear Cookies

While creating new cutters for the cookie cutter shop it's fun to discover which designs will be a best seller. When a cookie cutter does well, naturally I try to follow up with more designs along the same theme.

Last year, I made a mama bear cookie cutter design that still remains in demand today. This go-around I figured Father's Day deserved a similar bear treatment.

In the new Father's Day collection I included a new papa bear cookie cutter design. However, instead of a full-body bear, I simplified this version by putting emphasis just on their heads. My hopes were it would help speed up the decorating process. Here's how you can recreated these papa bear cookies for a father in your life.

Papa Bear Cookie Cutter

Just added to the shop is this new collection of Father's Day cookie cutters, including this papa bear cookie cutter design. For size references, I decorated both the REGULAR and the LARGE size cookie cutter. You can see both of these sizes in the picture at the end of this post.

papa bear cookie cutter

Template for the Papa BearCookies

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all the new Father's Day cookie designs, including this papa bear cookie design.

Click the link below for the downloadable template PDF file.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by cutting out the template and tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For the colors used for these papa bear cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For those without a projector, mark guidelines where the papa bear's head should be, as shown. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.

papa bear cookies step 1

Step 2

Begin by adding a thin layer of tan icing where the insides of the ears are. Then fill the papa bear's face area with dark brown icing.

papa bear cookies step 2

Step 3

Once the face icing had time to set, fill in the kid's face with light brown icing. Also, fill in the outer papa bear's ears and fill the bow tie ends with light blue icing. Let this icing set.

Next, add the tan snouts, the kid's paws & outer ears, and the bow tie knot.

papa bear cookies step 3

Step 4

Time to add the finishing details. With Black piping icing, add the eyes and noses. Also outline the bow tie with light blue piping icing.

Lastly, once the snout icing is fully dry, draw in the smiles and paw fingers with a food pen.

papa bear cookies step 4

Video Tutorial

The decorating steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video.

I paired these papa bear cookies with a simple arch plaque to add a pun message.

papa bear cookies in a box

For size references, I listed below what I would recommend along with the coordinating gift box.

LARGE- This size papa bear cookie I paired with the LARGE arch plaque. As a pair, they fit in these “7 3/8″ x 5 1/2” boxes from Paper Mart.

REGULAR- This size is 4" tall and will fit a single 4" x 4" gift box. Or pair it with a REGULAR size arch plaque in this classic BRP cookie box (7" x 4 3/8" x 1.25").

papa bear cookies for Father's Day
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