Bear Claws get their name from three or four small cuts made in the pastry. Gentle bending and spreading of the pastry forms a bear claw. Bear Claws are made with a sweet yeast dough or Danish pastry dough. These are filled with dates, raisins and nuts. My late grandmother loved these, especially when they were fresh from the bakery! This recipe was originally printed in the Kitchen Mailbox column of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 29, 2001.