Baby Hedgehog Cookies

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I don’t think I have seen anything cuter than a baby hedgehog. Their awesome adorableness has inspired many a great writer, including Shakespeare. He mentions them in The Tempest and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and refers to them as “hedgepigs” and “urchins.” He used poetic license – the proper name for a baby hedgehog is a hoglet!

I didn’t think anyone would want to eat “Hoglet Cookies”, “Hedgepig Cookies” or “Urchin Cookies” so I stayed with “Baby Hedgehog Cookies” for today’s recipe.

Know Thy Hedgehog

Here is the difference between a non-edible and edible hedgehog.

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It appears my cats were confused about the difference. Dante couldn’t keep his eyes or paws off these cute little guys.

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I almost had a casualty.

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But in the end, Dante just wanted to kiss its chubby little cheeks because they were so cute. Not.

Dolce on the other hand, decided it wasn’t his cup of tea. He much prefers a cuppa with the Chai Tea Cookies from my last blog post.

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Today’s Recipe: 

This is more of an instructional than a recipe. You can use your favorite shortbread recipe or click here for the Chai Tea Shortbread recipe.

These cookies were an afterthought when I was rolling my Chai Tea Cookies for the  Food Blogger Los Angeles cookie exchange. I wanted to do something with the scraps, so I was just going to make balls when I remembered this idea I saw on Pinterest.

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To form the shape, roll a one-inch into an oval shape with a pointed end.
Dip them in chocolate. Or spread chocolate on top only.

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Roll them in toffee bits. You could also use nuts.

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Use a toothpick to paint on their eyes and nose.
Make an array of hedgehogs on a plate and wait for all for all of the oohs and ahhs.

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Both cookies were brought to the Food Blogger Los Angeles Cookie Exchange. They were in good company with so many delicious cookies. Check out all the cookie recipes links below.

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Fellow food blogger, Valentina from Cooking on the Weekend saved a hedgehog for her 7 year old and he said, “WOW! I’m gonna love eating this!”  That is my kind of response!

Fun Facts about Hedgehogs

  • cathy arkle | she paused 4 thoughtHedgehogs are lactose intolerant (please no dunking these guys in milk out of respect)
  • Hedgehogs have excellent senses of smell and hearing, but poor eyesight (at least they taste good)
  • The collective noun is “an array of hedgehogs.” (They proliferated in my kitchen like rabbits)

Since it is illegal to own a hedgehog in California and a few other states, it is all the more reason to make your own array.
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About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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22 Responses to Baby Hedgehog Cookies

  1. shockinglydelicious December 20, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    My question is HOW DID YOU GET THE PICTURE OF THE BABY HEDGEHOG in the tea cup?

    • Nan December 20, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Photoshop?

      • Cathy December 20, 2013 at 10:28 am #

        Tee hee hee! Yes the power of Photoshop is an awesome thing. I wish I owned one, but even if I did, I couldn’t post it because they are illegal here. :(

    • Cathy December 20, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Dorothy, I would love to tell you I trained the cute little guy to hang out in a teacup, but instead, I had to used a little Photoshop magic.

  2. Christina @ChristinasCucina December 20, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    I just bought a handmade baby hedgehog decorative craft at the Christmas market in Cologne! It reminds me of your cookies! I just love the cuteness factor of these and am definitely making them before Christmas! Thanks for the great idea, Cathy, and so sorry I missed the cookie swap! (p.s. I also LOVE the hedgehog in the teacup pic!)

    • Cathy December 20, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Christina post a photo of your hedgehog craft, I would love to see it. I bet you had the best time in Germany. I am making these cookies again today for Christmas eve.

  3. Nan December 20, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    So cute! Love Dante, maybe he has an inner feline chef?

    • Cathy December 20, 2013 at 10:35 am #

      We do know that Dante has an ardent interest in food with his insatiable need for kale.

  4. Leslie Macchiarella December 20, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Adorable alert! Absolutely adorable! And the hedgehog in the tea cup is (almost) as cute as the cookies themselves.

  5. Lentil Breakdown December 21, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    All this cuteness could be a problem for the cuteness-intolerant. Fortunately when it comes to cats, cookies and cuteness, I say, “bring it on!” That pic of Dante with the paw action going on is my fave.

    • Cathy December 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

      Yes, the cuteness factor is over the top, but I couldn’t help myself. It ran rampant in my kitchen.

  6. CHERI NEWELL December 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    This definitely goes in my “WOW” file! Just adorable! Loved your photos!

    • Cathy January 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Thanks Cheri!

  7. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen January 9, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    I can’t believe I missed these last month! They are SO ADORABLE!!

    • Cathy January 9, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      It was a crazy month with all the holidays! I am so glad you like them Kristi!

  8. Lindsey Groom January 31, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    how long and at what temperature did you bake the hedgehogs for to make sure the fattest part was cooked and the nose not burnt?

    • Cathy February 4, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      I cooked them at the same temp as the Chai Tea Cookies at 350 degrees. Depending how big you make the hedgehogs will determine the time. I baked these for 20 minutes. Try not to make the nose too pointed so it won’t burn. Good Luck Lindsey.

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