Chocolate-Pecan Hedgehog Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate-Pecan Hedgehog Cookies Recipe

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Unlike the real woodland creatures, these chocolate-coated hedgehogs dwell on snack plates and cookie trays. The little guys are fun to make and eat. —Pamela Goodlet, Washington Island, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake 15 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup ground pecans
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1/4 cup chocolate sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

114 calories: 1 each, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, pecans and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball; pinch the dough to form a face. Repeat. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.
  2. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Holding a hedgehog cookie by the nose, spoon chocolate over the back (leave the face uncovered). Allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; immediately coat the wet chocolate with sprinkles.
  4. With a toothpick dipped in chocolate, make two eyes and a dot on the nose. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 16 cookies.
Originally published as Hedgehog Cookies in Country Woman August/September 2009, p23

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"So adorable! Easy to make vegan by just subing out Earth Balance for the butter. Even the adult "kids" loved them. Wouldn't they be great for a baby shower with pink or blue sprinkles?"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

"These cookies were a HUGE hit!!!! Not only cute but delicious too!"

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