Introduction: Cat Paws

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I love pastries as much as the next person, but sometimes they are just too big! While petting my furry friend Martin, I had an idea for a fun treat. Cat Paws! Cat Paws are a miniature version of a Bear Claw and are the perfect size to satisfy a sweet craving. Although they are smaller than a Bear Claw, the flavor is just as big! Puff pastry makes them a lot lighter and more delicate than a traditional claw and the almond filling and sugar coating make these little paws simply irresistible!

You Need:

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed

Cinnamon-sugar

Almond paste

Sunflower seeds

Step 1: Prepare the Puff Pastry

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Lightly coat your work surface with cinnamon-sugar. If you do not have cinnamon-sugar you can easily make a batch! Simply mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 1tbs cinnamon.

Unfold your pastry and gently roll each side into the sugar. You don't want to actually flatten it out anymore, you just want to get the sugar crystals to stick.

Cut the pastry into three strips by simply cutting right along the fold lines.

Step 2: Fill the Pastry

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Crumble the almond paste into a bowl. Make the pieces as small as possible for even flavor distribution. You want to have about 1/2 cup of crumbles.

Sprinkle 1/3 of the crumbles over a puff pastry strip and gently roll the crumbles into the dough. Fold the dough over lengthwise and press down to seal it up.

Repeat with the remaining dough and almond crumbles.

Feel free to substitute almond filling from a can for the almond paste. I find it a lot easier to spread that then to work with the crumbles. It also tastes pretty darn good too!

Step 3: Form the Paws

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Cut each strip into 6 pieces. You will have 18 little pastries all together.

Form the toes by making 4 cuts that are 1/3 of the way up the pastry. Make sure to cut the side that was folded over, and not any of the sides that you pressed to seal.

Using a small sharp knife poke a small hole in each toe. Carefully stuff a sunflower seed into each hole. These are the little cat nails!

Gently squeeze the back of the foot together and mold it into a rounded shape.

Step 4: Bake and Enjoy!

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Place the pastries on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle each paw with more sugar and bake them in a 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes or until they puff and begin to brown.

Enjoy!!

Comments

mrsmerwin (author)2017-02-09

in my family, we never used the seeds and we made them with bread dough. Grandma called them bear claws.

MaddieJ3 (author)mrsmerwin2017-02-09

Exactly! These are a miniature version of them made with puff pastry. Also seeds and not almonds. Still very tasty!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2016-06-24

These are a little creepy, but a lot cool :)

Not all ideas come out exactly as you picture them in your head, haha! Creative failure if you will. They are tasty though :)

Oh, these are a huge success as far as I'm concerned. They are only creepy because they are so cat paw-like, but that is also what I just love about them :D They'd also be great for Halloween!

Some think they look like human feet. I somewhat agree, hence the failure comment. Cat or human, creepy they are for sure. If only I could make them furry..hehe

Haha, furry would be the ultimate creepiness. I would if you could simulate fur with spun sugar or something like that.

MikaelaHolmes (author)2016-06-24

Aww. So adorable! I like the idea of smaller pastries... though I'd probably just end up eating more of them instead ;) Meow!

MaddieJ3 (author)MikaelaHolmes2016-06-24

Thanks! It is hard to have just one or two though. This batch only lasted a few minutes, oops!

CaptainLlamas (author)2016-06-23

That would be unsettling to eat, but they look great!

MaddieJ3 (author)CaptainLlamas2016-06-24

It's just puff pastry! :)

gm280 (author)2016-06-23

I have to admit, they look more like little human feet except the nails on them.

MaddieJ3 (author)gm2802016-06-24

They do a bit, haha! It was fun making them though :)

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