Here are our ingredients for the butter cookie base. All are fairly standard baking items.
I mixed everything together and then stuck it in the fridge overnight. The dough needs to be thoroughly chilled so it doesn't fall flat while in the oven.
Here's my attempt at sculpting hedgehogs. It went just okay. I wasn't sure how the shape of the dough would change once in the oven, so I didn't know if it was better to make hard edges or keep them soft.
These guys got pretty soft from being in my hands and out of the fridge. I stuck them back in the fridge for another 20 mins before putting them in the oven.
Now that they're out of the oven, it looks like you don't need to create hard edges. The shape of the faces didn't change much, but they did fall more than I anticipated! Note to self- practice patience and let the dough chill for at least an hour after molding it into shapes.
Oh well, hopefully we can cover that up after we add their spikes!
I used Wilton Dark Cocoa candy melts for the hedgehog shell, and then bought both pecans and sprinkles to try out for the spikes. Let's see which one looks best!
My mom was the Professional Sprinkler for this part! It can be a little tricky to dip the hedgehog into the chocolate, get all the excess off, place it onto the mat, and add sprinkles before the chocolate completely cools. Having someone to immediately coat the chocolate shell after dipping really helped to ensure that all parts of the shell were coated.
On our LAST hedgehog we realized that if we used a spoon to sprinkle on the "hedgehog spikes" we could easily coat the edges of the cookie! Now we know for next time.
One of these guys is completely coated from neck-to-toe, and on the others you might see some gaps on the lower sides of the hedgehog where it was hard to apply sprinkles or pecans. I'm not sure how hedgehog-y these cookies look. Let's add faces!
Much better! I used some black gel icing for the eyes and nose. Now these guys are starting to resemble tiny adorable mammals.
Adding in the rest of the noses and eyes. They look a little creepy with just noses.
Which do you like better- the hedgehogs with sprinkles or pecans? Let me know in the comments! :)
• Chill dough for at least an hour after sculpting the hedgehog base.
• Use a spoon to sprinkle "spikes" onto the chocolate shell and coat all the sides!