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Chocolate-Pecan Hedgehog Cookies Recipe

Chocolate-Pecan Hedgehog Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tips

  • Cookies can be made ahead and frozen. Just thaw and decorate.
  • To encourage the kids (or the kid in you) to flex some creative muscles, supply white chocolate and colored sprinkles. Who says a hedgehog can't be rainbow-colored?
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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    Babsy_Boop User ID: 6209926 258320
    Reviewed Dec. 18, 2016

    "So easy to make, and the cookies are delicious!! Thank You"

    ubu User ID: 1583162 257046
    Reviewed Nov. 20, 2016

    "My husband loves Groundhog Day, so I make these every year and tell him they are the best I can do for groundhogs. I even added them to my Christmas cookie platter one year and brought a smile to everyone's face. The cookies melt in your mouth."

    amidesfees User ID: 8239162 219333
    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?"

    LABailey User ID: 7145872 117655
    Reviewed Feb. 21, 2013

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

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