Kumamushi-san Cookies!


Kumamushi-san or tardigrade is a water bear. Okay, so she’s not really a bear, she’s a water-dwelling segmented microorganism with eight legs.  She’s possibly the cutest thing in the entire world and she’s also the office mascot at the immigration law firm I intern at.  So I decided to make kumamushi-san cookies and they came out pretty cute! I took a normal slice and bake cookie recipe, added cocoa powder, colored a small portion of the dough black and shaped them into kumamushi-san’s shape! Everyone at the office loved them, so I will for sure be making them more often!


Let’s get started!


-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1 stick softened butter (1/2 cup)
-1 cup flour
-1/4 cup cocoa powder
-2 tsp instant espresso
-1 drop black food coloring


  1. Cream together the butter and the sugar. Add in the cocoa powder and the flour and mix to combine.
  2. Roll into a oval log and let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes or so. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 F.
  3. Cut off the ends of the log and mix the dough with the espresso powder and the black food coloring.
  4. Slice the rest of the log in 1/4 inch thick slices. You may have to reshape the ovals.
  5. Using your fingers or a chopstick, shape kumamushi-san’s little legs. I found it easy to do by pinching the bottom into little leg shapes.
  6. Once the kumamushi san is shaped, place on the parchment lined baking sheet.
  7. Carefully pinch off a small portion of the black colored dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten it against the kumamushi-san shaped cookie to make the eye.
  8. Repeat until no more dough is left.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes.
Kumamushi-san with her cookies :)

Kumamushi-san with her cookies 🙂

I had a lot of fun doing these kumamushi-san cookies and I’m thinking maybe I’ll try some more fun themed baked goods! Let me know if you have a character-themed baked good that you would like me to do!

Hugs and puppies!



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