Bosanske šape (Bosnian Bear Claws)


This is a Bosnian favorite! My mom and I have been taking this recipe for YEARS and people love it. My dad has been hinting that he’s really been craving these so I decided to surprise him this past week. These are involved but SO worth it, I’m very serious when I say…you will not regret the decision to make these. You’ll need metal cookie molds to bake it so if you don’t have them, go invest! Here’s what you’ll need:

2 sticks of butter
1.5 cups of sugar
3 cups of flour
1.5 cups of ground walnuts
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 eggs
~1/2 cup of powdered sugar

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Put all of the ingredients into a kitchen aide mixer (or mix with your hands/a hand held mixer). No special order, I literally just put it all in and mixed.

You will know this is ready when the dough is almost like a scone dough…it will break apart and not be the slightest bit wet.

Here’s where it gets involved. Spread of your metal cookie molds onto a cookie sheet so you know how many can fit. Then take nonstick cooking spray (DO NOT USE OLIVE OIL BASED….they will stick) and spray each metal mold in the middle and on the sides inside the mold, be sure to spray thoroughly.


Then fill each cookie mold with the dough about ¾ of the way.


Bake for about 15-18 minutes.

You’ll know they are done when the sides are nice golden brown.


Let them cook for about 15 minutes and put your powdered sugar into a big bowl.

When they are cool enough to be handled, carefully turn them upside down into the powdered sugar. Nine times out of ten, they will come right out of the mold. If they don’t, just take a knife and gently separate the edges of the cookie then we use a wooden spoon to knock on the bottom of the cookie mold and they pop right out. Roll them in the powdered sugar so that they get covered and place them in a bowl or whatever serving dish you are using.

This recipe made 33 cookies…and what delicious cookies they are! These never get old. And they’re amazing for a dessert and my favorite treat with coffee. FYI, my dad was very happy with this surprise! 🙂




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