These little woodland creatures are almost too cute to eat! We love hedgehogs, especially since big brothers preschool class has a pet hedgehog named Mr. Sniffs (the kids named him that because he sniffs a lot) 🙂 I don’t know a lot about cookie decorating and never used royal icing but I’ve been admiring a cookie blog called The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle (you could easily spend hours looking at her website!). Sugarbelle is extremely talented at decorating cookies and I noticed that she has a knack for taking simple shaped cookie cutters and using them for designs that they weren’t originally intended for. For instance, her Dora the Explorer cookies uses a snowman cookie cutter for Boots the monkey and a star cutter for Swiper the fox. Anyway, while I was grocery shopping the other day, I came across a huge display of Christmas cookie cutters. I picked up the Santa cutter and turned it sideways…yep! It looked just a like a hedgehog! I rushed home and started baking 🙂
Here is what you will need:
– Wilton Red Santa 3″ cookie cutter. I saw them at
Safeway (oops! I actually saw them at Albertsons) and Fred Meyer stores. Looks like you can also buy them online HERE at Sur La Table.
– Sugar cookie dough (I used the Betty Crocker pre-packaged kind but you could make your own from scratch). Make sure you follow the directions for the cut-out cookies.
– Chocolate cookie icing. I love the Betty Crocker bag of icing because it comes with an attached tip and it dries harder than the frosting you buy in the jar.
– Chocolate sprinkles.
– Brown M&M’s for the nose AND brown mini M&M’s for the eye (or you could use a candy eye). I lucked out and happened to have a bunch of regular and mini M&M’s leftover from Halloween.
– Flower sprinkles for the girl hedgehog hair bow (optional)
Roll your dough and cut out cookies.
Trim the top bump if you are making a male hedgehog.
Bake according to your recipe directions
When completely cooled, ice the cookie.
Add chocolate sprinkles and regular size M&M for the nose and a mini M&M for the eye. Just dab a little frosting on the back of the M&M to set it in place. Now is the time to add the little flower sprinkles as well for your girly hedgehogs.
Now enjoy! Or just admire their cuteness 🙂
PS – I think they would make cute mice as well 🙂