Groundhoggy Recipes!!

Traditional Spicy Groundhog Cookies!

2 cups sifted flour          1 cup sugar
                 1 tsp. baking powder      1/2 tsp. salt                   
             1/2 tsp. baking soda        1 tsp. ground ginger
             1 tsp. ground cloves        1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
       1/2 cup soft butter           1/2 cup molasses
1 egg yolk                       1 egg beaten
       Currants, raisins, or mini chocolate chips!

Sift flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and spices together. Set aside.
Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Blend in molasses and egg yolk. Stir in flour mixture and mix well. Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap. Chill overnight. For ease in rolling, work with small amounts of dough at a time. Top remainder with plastic wrap. Roll 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured surface. Cut out cookies with lightly floured cutter. Place cookies on greased baking sheet. Brush with slightly beaten egg. Decorate by giving each groundhog a currant, raisin, or mini chocolate chip eye. 
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet. Makes 12 to 15 large groundhogs or 3 to 4 dozen small groundhogs. Place cooled cookies in a sealed container with a slice or two of bread to keep them wonderfully soft.

I got my large groundhog cookie cutter here! (The recipe comes with it!!)

**This recipe is from Favorite Recipes From the Home of Punxsutawney Phil available here! ** 

Groundhog Day Pancakes!

Isn't he too cute!?!
Just use your favorite pancake mix. (Mine is Aunt Jemima!)
Pour a large circle pancake. Add two little ears.
Make two silver dollar size pancakes.
Arrange into adorable little groundhog face.
Slice and add bananas for eyes and teeth.
Remember the chocolate morsels for nose and eyes!

Oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Groundhog Cookies!

2 Cups Sugar
1 Stick Butter
4 TBSP Cocoa
1/2 Cup Milk
2 1/2 Cups Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
2 tsp Vanilla
Teddy Grahams

Combine sugar, butter, cocoa, and milk in large pot and bring to a boil. 
Boil exactly 1 1/2 minutes. 
Remove from heat.
Add peanut butter quickly and stir until dissolved. Add vanilla and stir.
Stir in oatmeal until completely coated.
Spoon onto waxed paper.
Add Groundhogs (Teddy Grahams) to center of mound!

Groundhog Pudding Cups!

These are oh so fun...easy...perfect for little helpers...and yummy!
You'll need a box of Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding and 2 Cups Milk.
Just follow the directions on the pudding box.

Pour pudding into short, fat cups. (1/3-1/2 full)

Put 6-7 Oreos into a sturdy Ziploc bag. (Remove the filling first! And save it for later...if you can wait!) Use a rolling pin and some muscles to crush the cookies into tiny crunchy resemble dirt.
Sprinkle cookie crumbles on top of the pudding.
Add a Teddy Graham...yeah, it's a bear, but for today let's pretend it's a Groundhog!

And Voila'! Groundhog Pudding Cups!
Now, if you want it to be a snowy Groundhog Day, take some of that Oreo filling (that you saved earlier), smoosh it a bit and sprinkle it around on the "dirt".

Easy Groundhog Brownies!

First you'll need to purchase a cute as can be groundhog cookie cutter. I got mine here!
Follow instructions on your favorite brownie mix...or if you're really fancy, make from scratch!
Before pouring in that yummy batter, line your dish/pan with parchment paper.
(No need for cooking spray.)
When brownies are done, allow to cool.
Carefully lift your sheet of brownies out of the pan by pulling up on the parchment paper.
Begin using cutters near that scrumptious, chewy edge.
If you're really close with your cut-outs, you should get 12-13 delish groundhogs per batch!
*Go ahead, enjoy those edges and leftover bits! You know you want to!*