Teddy Bear Bread: A cold weather activity

My sister texted me while I was still in bed.  She told me the museums were free during this frigid weather and I should make teddy bear bread.

That was a blast from the past that I hadn’t thought about it years, but I remember making it with our Mom when we were little.  The kids and I had no other plans for the day because school was closed due to the cold temperatures and I had most the ingredients.

This is a good activity because it takes several hours including hour breaks to let the dough rise.  We did the first step and then I set the timer and told the kids to read for an hour until the timer went off.

Then we did the next step and I told them to go in the basement and play.  While it baked they were allowed to watch a movie.  This broke up our day in chunks and gave us some sort of structure to our day, which I’ve recently realized we need.

I adapted Taste of Home’s recipe by using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour.

Teddy Bear Bread Recipe



1 package (1/4 ounce) dry yeast

1-1/2 cups warm water

1/2 cup warm milk

3 tablespoons soft butter

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

Approximately 5 cups whole wheat flour

12 raisins

1 egg

1 tablespoon cold water


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.  Then add milk, butter, sugar, salt, 3 cups flour and mix until smooth.


Place on floured surface and knead until smooth about 6 minutes.


Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.  Cover and let rise about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and place on floured surface.  Divide into four portions.  Cut one portion in half; shape into balls.  Cut another portion into 14 pieces; shape into balls.  Shape remaining two portions into balls.

To form bear bodies (makes two bears), place each large ball in the center of a greased baking sheet. Place medium ball above body for head; flatten slightly.  Place two small balls on each side of head for ears.  Place one small ball in the center of head for nose, and four small balls around body for arms and legs.  Cover and let rise about 1 hour.


With a sharp knife, cut slit for ears, eyes, nose and belly button.  Insert raisins into slits.  Beat egg and cold water; brush over dough.


Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


You might also have fun making other Cook with Kids recipes: A Dr. Seuss Cake, Deviled Eggs and Cheerio Chex Mix. 

Do you have a favorite recipe to make with your kids?  

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