How to Make Teddy Bear Bread

by Lexie Koestner

Transform a simple yeast bread dough into adorable Teddy Bear Bread. Inspired by Otto the Book Bear and other favorite literary bears, like Winnie the Pooh and Bear Snores On.


  • 2 Cups Warm water, about 115 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 2 Teaspoons Active Dry yeast
  • 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 ½ Cups Whole wheat flour
  • 6 Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • Butter or nonstick cooking spray
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Place warm water and yeast in the bowl of a standing mixer and stir to dissolve yeast. In a separate bowl, whisk together flours and salt.

    Step 2

    Add flour mixture to yeast and water. Turn mixer on and knead 4 to 5 minutes...

    Step 3

    ...until dough is smooth and slightly sticky.

    Step 4

    Divide dough in half and set one half aside for second bear. Divide remaining dough in half. One of these halves will be the body. Divide second half in two, one for head and one for arms and legs.

    Step 5

    Stretch largest piece into a rectangle and roll up...

    Step 6

    ... to form bear's body.

    Step 7

    From the piece designated for the head, pinch off three pieces to form ears and snout.

    Step 8

    Form dough for head into a ball and place above body. Place ears and snout on head.

    Step 9

    Divide piece of dough designated for arms and legs into four equal pieces. Form into arms and legs and place against body. All pieces with stick together as the dough rises.

    Step 10

    Make second bear from remaining dough. Place both bears on a baking sheet. Butter dough or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise 30 to 90 minutes.

    Step 11

    Once risen, heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

    Step 12

    To add eyes and noses, microwave 6 chocolate chips for about 10 to 20 seconds, until the chips haven't melted but bottoms are soft. Place eyes and nose on each bear. Enjoy!