Polar Bear Ice Box Cookies

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Does anyone else look at those Pilsbury sliced cookies and wonder if you could make something cool like that? Maybe I’m just the weird one that is dreaming (literally dreaming, with my eyes closed in bed) of ways to make they come reality. I know that they should be possible and I do love a good puzzle. But I thought I would start my endeavors a little smaller.

So today, I bring you Polar Bear Slice’em Cookies.

on tray

These cookies are quite easy to make when you break it down step by step. And, surprise! That’s what I’m going to do for you today!

First thing you have to do is make the dough. You can use your favorite sugar cookie dough or you can use this simple recipe.

Sugar Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt (omit if you are using salted butter)
  • 2-3 Tbsp milk


  1. Cream the butter and the sugar.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
  3. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Then add it to the other ingredients.
  4. Add 2-3 tbsp of milk until the dough is smooth and soft.

Now that you have the dough it’s time to start making it into some cute little polar bears!

Step 1: Colour half of the dough blue (or your favorite other complimentary colour).

balls of dough

Step 2: Take about an eighth of the dough and form it into a skinny log and the rest into a thicker log. The logs should be about the same length. Place both logs in the FREEZER!
white logs


Step 3: Roll out some of the blue dough. Place the frozen skinny roll in the middle of the dough and then roll the blue dough around the log and then trim off any excess. Pop it back into the freezer.

log rolled and trimmed

Step 4: Once the small log is frozen again, slice the log in half.

cut log in half

Step 5: Brush the top of the larger roll with some milk and then place the two little strips on the top of the larger roll. These will be the ears. Then put the thing back into the freezer.

put ears on

Step 6: Roll the blue dough. Make a point in the middle. This will be dough that fills the gap between the ears. Then place the frozen roll upside-down in the middle. Then roll it until it makes nice big blue roll. The, if you haven’t guessed by now, place it back into the freezer.

roll the dough to chill

Step 7: Slice them into cookies. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 10-13 minutes.

slicing themfront view slicecooling cookies

Step 8: Make some royal or buttercream frosting to finish the faces. Follow the pictures below to see how to do the facial features!

polar bear cookies

You can add a lot of personality with just the angle of the smile or the direction of the eyes! Have fun. May your winter be lovely!closer faces

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  1. Linda says:

    You are not alone in dreaming about doing creative things like this; I do the same thing! I love the creativity you have, and it hope you find much joy in sharing it with your children. I’m a Mom of 4 & Grandma to 4 sweet children now, and sharing my creativity with them has always been one of my favorite things! I am a non-traditional, older college student, going back to college to get my teaching degree since my first path no longer felt like me. I found your blog from a search about drop cloths, which directed me to your darling teepee. I’m hoping to use your idea in my future classroom as a reading nook. When I saw these darling cookies, your idea sparked my imagination and I want to try to duplicate it in Sculpy Clay to make counters for Winter math work. Thanks for sharing your idea; I can’t wait to check out the rest of your site!

    • Kathryn Ferrie says:

      Thank you so much for you kind words. My husband is going back to college as well as a nontraditional student. I hope your ed training is going well. I’m a teacher too (in Kindergarten) and it’s a great job. Have fun creating memories for your students!

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