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A Bear in the Air Cookies

Who needs a box of chocolates when you can have A Bear in the Air? This almost completely edible creation features a teddy bear cookie surrounded by Valentine’s Day-themed cookies in a candy clay basket.

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Difficulty: Medium



Instructions:

Step 1

A day in advance: Prepare balloon basket.

Step 2

Cut 12 lollipop sticks to 3 in. long. Dip sticks into 1/2 pk. of melted Candy Melts, tap to remove excess and let dry approximately 30 minutes on waxed paper.

Step 3

Remelt remaining candy and pour 1/4 in. deep in pan; insert 12 sticks evenly around edge.

Step 4

Refrigerate to set overnight.

Step 5

Roll Candy Clay ropes, 24 in. long and 1/2 in. diameter.

Step 6

Weave rope pieces around sticks, blending ends and trimming off excess in each row and making new rows to reach basket top. For top, twist 2 ropes together and insert on sticks.

Step 7

Double cookie dough recipe. Cut, bake and cool the following cookies: 3 hearts using copper cutter, 1 bear using largest bear cutter, 4 of each Valentine shape using colored cutters.

Step 8

Multiply Color Flow recipe by 5; tint 3 cups pink, 1 cup brown, 1 1/2 cups each green, yellow and violet, 1/2 cup each black, bright pink; reserve 1/2 cup white. Using Color Flow instructions and tips 2 and 3, flow in and decorate all cookies.

Step 9

Cut one dowel rod to 12 in. and two to 9 in. long; wrap with curling ribbon. Trim one craft block to fit basket.

Step 10

Cut second block in half and form a moon shape; line up with back of first block and wrap 2 layers with foil.

Step 11

Attach block inside basket, dowel rods to heart balloon cookies and lollipop stick to bear cookie with melted candy.

Step 12

Make holes in craft block with lollipop stick; insert cookies on sticks.

Step 13

Arrange remaining cookies in basket.