One of my friends recently discovered these cute little hedgehog shortbread cookies on Pinterest and instantly emailed me the link…as soon as I saw them I knew I had to try them out. The original link didn’t show any step-by-step pictures, so after a few attempts, this is the method that worked best for me in shaping shortbread into hedgehogs!
After you have mixed your dough, it will be very crumbly and light. Grab a fistful with one hand.
Squeeze your fist to bring all of the shortbread dough crumbs together into something you can mold.
Now that you have a more pliable piece of dough, it’s time to shape it!
Keeping the hand that is holding the dough flat, place your other hand flat over the dough and rough both hands together to form an oval shape. If you find that your dough is crumbling off in small pieces, squeeze it again so it all sticks together, and gently work to reshape it.
I found that it helped to round out the edges a bit by curving my palm into a C-shape as shown below. I also went ahead and pinched the opposite end with my 2 fingers a little bit to form the beginnings of the snout.
Place your hedgehog down onto a sheet of parchment paper, and using your thumb, lightly make an indentation where the snout would be.
(You would do this with both thumbs, I couldn’t show that in the pictures though because I was holding the camera in my other hand 🙂 )
Next, use both thumbs on an angle to shape the snout/nose part.
Once you have baked the hedgehogs and have let them cool, dip/roll each individual hedgehog into melted chocolate, and then crushed walnuts or pecans. I found this to be the trickiest part, as the snouts were so delicate they kept breaking off. Some I was able to salvage by performing surgery (aka sticking the broken pieces back together with a bit of melted chocolate), but be warned that if a piece breaks off, it is hard to put back together!
Now all that’s left is to give each hedgehog a face! I melted a bit of chocolate in a ziploc bag in the microwave, cut the tip off a corner of the bag and used that to paint on the eyes and nose!
How cute are they?! I love how each hedgehog is different, just like us 🙂
Hedgehog Shortbread Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Melted Chocolate chips
Crushed walnuts or pecans
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
Form cookies (in an oval shape with a pointed end) and place 2″ apart on on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes or until set but not brown. Cool on wire racks.
Dip 3/4 of cookies in melted chocolate and then in crushed walnuts. Dot two eyes and a nose!
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