I needed something else to decorate a tree trunk cake, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect match.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk sugar, shortening, corn syrup, eggs, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Stir sugar mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Refrigerate dough until chilled, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Scoop cookie dough using a cookie scoop or 1 tablespoon so all the cookies are uniform; shape dough into teardrop-shaped cookies. Flatten the pointed side of each cookie to form the 'face'. Arrange cookies on baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

  • Pulse pecans in a food processor until finely chopped; transfer to a bowl.

  • Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.

  • Dip the top of each cookie in the melted chocolate, spreading to fully coat the 'body' of each hedgehog. Press cookies, chocolate-side down, into the ground pecans forming the 'fur'. Arrange cookies on a sheet of waxed paper to set, about 30 minutes.

  • Transfer the remaining melted chocolate to a piping bag or plastic bag with a corner snipped. Pipe chocolate onto the pointed end of each cookie for eyes and a nose.

Cook's Note:

Pecans give the best coating because of the color variation. For a nut allergy, a mix of graham cracker crumbs and one or two chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (remove the cream filling) will give a close look.

Nutrition Facts

280.1 calories; protein 3.4g 7% DV; carbohydrates 34.2g 11% DV; fat 15.2g 23% DV; cholesterol 15.5mg 5% DV; sodium 99.1mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2015
These cookies turned out delicious. I used honey instead of corn syrup with no ill effects. Quick tip-make sure you make them nice and long extra pointy when you shape them and keep them cold. =) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/26/2016
I made these on a whim for my sister for Christmas since she really wants a hedgehog. They turned out super cute but the cookie itself is not good. I found it bland and tasted like I bit into a bunch of flour. I will maybe use another sugar cookie recipe as a base next time if I make these again. I did add a bit of milk as another reviewer mentioned because the dough was too dry. I also used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and nose so I wouldn't have to mess with a piping bag. I just put them in a little bit after the cookies came out of the oven. Cute cookies just not something I would like to actually eat. Since I put effort into these I will still give them to my sister...but I suspect she will end up throwing them out after she tastes one.:( Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2015
These cookies turned out delicious. I used honey instead of corn syrup with no ill effects. Quick tip-make sure you make them nice and long extra pointy when you shape them and keep them cold. =) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/25/2016
I made these on a whim for my sister for Christmas since she really wants a hedgehog. They turned out super cute but the cookie itself is not good. I found it bland and tasted like I bit into a bunch of flour. I will maybe use another sugar cookie recipe as a base next time if I make these again. I did add a bit of milk as another reviewer mentioned because the dough was too dry. I also used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and nose so I wouldn't have to mess with a piping bag. I just put them in a little bit after the cookies came out of the oven. Cute cookies just not something I would like to actually eat. Since I put effort into these I will still give them to my sister...but I suspect she will end up throwing them out after she tastes one.:( Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/22/2016
Definitely very cute and delicious! My one complaint would be that decorating them is very time consuming and the eyes and nose are very hard to get right. Also the cookie dough is SUPER dry so I just added milk until it wasn't so crumbly and was more of a batter and not some damp crumbs. They turned out great though. I would just recommend adding some milk! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2013
I made these with my 13-yo daughter and she brought them into school. The kids loved them the only complaint was there were none left for me! Gotta make a double-batch for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2013
So cute and so adorable! Kids love these. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2015
loved making these little guys! we used veggie oil in with the chocolate chips and the Chocolate ended up smoother. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2016
I would likely make it again i would mention that the dough can seem very bulky/thick once it is shaped and baked and would try to skim down the cookie size without compromising the shape. A bit of nutmeg or orange zest as I tried also provided some relief for a very plain and somewhat dry cookie. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/27/2015
We made this recipe for Halloween but we shaped the dough into tiny mice. I always make homemade treats for the kids. Every year I make Carmel Popcorn Balls cupcakes and then I make something different. This last Halloween we made the mice. The kids LOVED them and went NUTS! I highly recommend this recipe.?? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/17/2017
I made these today the cookie is delicious. I think I found my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I used butter instead of shortening and honey instead of corn syrup. They can out just fine I also halved the recipe. The only "con" was that the cookies spread a little but I reshaped them before they cooled. They look great! I think next time I will add a touch of lemon zest to give it a bit of a zing. I highly recommend these cookies they're so cute! Read More
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