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Hedgehog Cookies

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars
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"I needed something else to decorate a tree trunk cake, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect match."
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Ingredients

3 h 10 m servings 280
Original recipe yields 24 servings (4 dozen cookies)

Directions

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  1. 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.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Pulse pecans in a food processor until finely chopped; transfer to a bowl.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Footnotes

  • 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


Per Serving: 280 calories; 15.2 34.2 3.4 16 99 Full nutrition

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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....

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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...

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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....

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...

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 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!

So cute and so adorable! Kids love these.

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...

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 bi...

loved making these little guys! we used veggie oil in with the chocolate chips and the Chocolate ended up smoother.

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...