Friday, September 25, 2009

St. Francis and the Wolf ~ Wolf Paw Cookies

The feast of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated on October 4th.

Since one of the famous stories of St. Francis tells how he tamed the wolf that was terrorizing the people of Gubbio, I wanted to share a recipe for the Wolf Paw Cookies we made this past Easter Season as one of our Garden of the Good Shepherd activities. These cookies were a hit with my children (Especially my boys!), and they were sooooo easy to make.

All you need is:
  • 1 package Voortman's Iced Almonette Cookies
  • Chocolate Almond Bark or Chocolate Chips, melted for dipping
  • White Chocolate Chips (or white frosting) to use for claws

Dip one side of each cookie into melted chocolate. Add 4 or 5 white chocolate chips for the claws. (Wolfs have 4 claws on the back paws and 5 on the front.) Let cool.

(You may want to place the cookies onto wax or parchment paper to cool, so they don't stick to your serving platter.)

Before eating the cookies, we read either Saint Francis and the Wolf by Richard Egielski, or the story about St. Francis and the Wolf found in Legends of Saints and Beasts by Ann Marie Jauss. (You can read another version online here.)

* If you are unable to find the Almonette Cookies, you can substitute with another kind. Charlotte used Pepperridge Farm Tahiti Cookies and they turned out darling too!

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  1. Jessica! those are so cute - what a clever idea that does tie in so well to St. Francis. Hugs to you!

  2. Amazing! The cookies really do look like wolf paws. My kids are going to love these!