Hedgehog Cookies

by Sarah

in Cookies, Desserts

I’ve been around little kids a lot recently. It’s made me think about what kids would like to eat, which brought me to animal desserts. Searching for something cute, easy to make, and entertaining to play with, I found this hedgehog shortbread cookie at Six in the Suburbs. Since it’s been a hot and humid summer, I altered this recipe to make it more heat resistant — this way the chocolate won’t melt off en route if you need to keep the cookie outdoors for a while.

hedgehog cookies

To make sure the chocolate doesn’t melt too fast, I used candymelts, which are a great alternative to regular chocolate. Candymelts are designed to melt faster when you heat it up in a microwave or stove, but once it cools, it is harder to melt at the regular warm temperatures of a hot day. These candies come in all sorts of colors, and are commonly used in cake and cookie decorating to create an edible and more heat resistant chocolate covering.

I made these cookies as a gift for a little kid, so they’re wrapped in a paper pastry box. You can get this box at any crafts store (e.g. Michael’s, A.C. Moore, or possibly even cheaper online at Amazon) ~ it’s actually a box for 4 cupcakes, but I took out the cardboard cupcake holding center, and just put cookies in the box. Decorate it with any ribbon of your choice.

The cookie is super fun to make ~ you can draw any face you want on the hedgehog, so there’s  room for creativity. Now that I think of it, it would probably be really fun to make these cookies with little kids! A good indoor project on a rainy day.

Hedgehog Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Calories per serving: 142

Fat per serving: 8


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Melted dark brown candymelts
  • Crushed walnuts


  1. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla -- mix well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt -- mix well.
  2. Make cookies: roll into a ball, pinch front to make nose.
  3. Bake for 8 min at 375 degrees F for or until set, but not brown.
  4. Let cool. Meanwhile melt candymelts in microwave.
  5. Dip 3/4 of cookies in melted candymelt and then roll in crushed walnuts. Dip toothpick in melted candymelt and dot eyes and a nose.


Recipe is based on making 24 cookies, with 1 cookie = 1 serving. Candymelts were not taken into account for nutritional info.

Candymelts are a type of meltable chocolate -- you can think of them as a superchocolate with the perfect properties for baking. They are easier to melt in the microwave, but take higher temperatures to melt once they solidify again. They are the perfect substitution to regular semisweet chocolate chips when you want to make sure your creation does not bleed chocolate. Candymelts are best used in decorating and come in all sorts of colors (available at your local crafts store).



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1 Luo August 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I like the facial expressions of the hedgehogs : )


2 JenB August 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

I just tried to make these, but my hedgehogs flattened/melted in the oven. They didn’t hold their shape at all…not sure what went wrong???


3 Sarah August 23, 2017 at 5:33 pm

oh no! I’m not sure. I’ll test out the recipe and get back to you.


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