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Delicious chocolate hedgehog cookies- a sweet cream cheese chocolate soft cookie with a crispy almond coating. Easy to make, and even easier to eat with a taste that's reminiscent of chocolate cheesecake! What's not to love?
 
This recipe was inspired by a favorite childhood recipe of mine for cream cheese Christmas cookies, and an adorable photo of an albino hedgehog that I saw the other day on World's Most Amazing Things:
http://www.worldmostamazingthings.com/2011/04/amazing-hedgehog-hedgehogs-facts-photos.html
 
The hedgehog was soooo darn cute, I could just eat him up!! Well, not literally. But that did start me thinking.......and I decided to head off to the kitchen to make my own little hedgehogs. I wanted a cookie that would be soft and lightly sweet on the inside, and a little prickly on the outside, just like a hedgehog! Only actually, I couldn't imagine this little guy in anything other than CHOCOLATE, so I came up with my own cookie recipe to make them with. Try it out, you'll be glad you did!

Step 1: The Recipe

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Ingredients: 
1 cup white sugar
1 cup un-salted butter, softened
1/2 cup softened cream cheese 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cups un-bleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup high quality cocoa powder, such as Droste
1 cup of finely sliced raw almonds. * See step 3 below
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips, or candy eyes
Parchment paper
Cutting board

 
Directions:
1. In a large mixing bowl mix the butter, sugar and cream cheese on medium until light and fluffy. Mix in the salt, vanilla, and the egg yolk until thoroughly blended.  Whisk together the flour and the cocoa powder in a small separate bowl, then add to the butter/sugar mixture.  The dough will be very soft and sticky, almost like cookie dough mousse. Cover the dough in the bowl with a layer of plastic wrap, and chill the dough in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
 
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) 

3. Take your cup of finely sliced almonds, and search through them to find pairs of "ears" (un-broken almond slivers). Set as many ears aside as will be needed for your cookies, enough for about 2 dozen hedgehogs, i.e. 24 pairs of ears/48 slivered almonds.  Finely chop the rest of the almonds, and gather them into a small pile on your cutting surface.
 
4. With a kitchen tablespoon scoop a heaping spoon full of dough out of your bowl, and roll it in the palm of your hands until it becomes a teardrop shaped ball. I used my fingers to "pull" the nose from the round dough ball. The dough warms quickly, so work in small batches and keep the rest of the dough in the refrigerator. 

5. Roll the dough ball in the finely chopped almonds, taking care not to coat his/her nose and face in almonds. The dough is sticky- you may need to clean your hands after rolling each little hedgehog.
 
6..  Place the dough balls on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, at least 1 " apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
 
7.  Allow to cool slightly on the cookie sheet- just cool enough to touch with your hands. Poke matching "ears" into your hedgehog's head where the almond coating meets his face, one just each side of center where you imagine a hedgehogs ears should go :)   Then, take 3 mini chocolate chips and place them on his face while the cookie is still warm for eyes and a nose. If necessary, hold the mini chip in place until the warmth of the cookie melts the chip slightly so that it will adhere to the cookie.
 
8. Use candy eyes instead of the mini chips for eyes if you prefer, and add little candy sprinkles for a bow.  I melted a teaspoon of chocolate chips to use as "glue" for the sprinkles to hold their little hair bows in place. 
 
So simple. So cute. Now eat one- they're absolutely delicious!!! And no actual hedgehogs were harmed in the making of these yummy cookies :) 
 


 
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danlynne072 years ago
oh so cute. gotta love it.
ecsaul232 years ago
Very neat and great photo documentation as well.
ashbegash2 years ago
These are SOOOOOOO cute! :D
Thanks!
these are AWESOME!
Now I want to invent platypus cookies. :)
bgartman (author)  domestic_engineer2 years ago
I know, I'm thinking about a few little animal variations as well, maybe beavers to start with :)
You should definitely try making the platypus ones!
canucksgirl2 years ago
These are adorable. I love the mini chips you used for the noses and eyes. :D

Just wondering though, where is the note about the almonds you mentioned? Do you need a special kind? (i.e. blanched, raw?)
bgartman (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Hi canucksgirl
they're finely sliced raw almonds, and each one looks like a little thin teardrop shape (they're less than 1/8" thin) if hasn't been broken. I find mine at the bulk nuts section of the grocery store where they sell nuts etc by the pound. I separate out enough evenly sized unbroken ones as the ears for the hedgehogs, and chop the rest for rolling the body in.
I'm really glad you like them and I appreciate your comment- I changed the wording on the ingredient list to reference point 3 rather than "see point below".
Thanks again!
Oh okay. I did see point 3, but I wasn't sure that's what you meant about the note. Good idea to clarify.

Very nice project. Cute! :D
Very cute cookies!
bgartman (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thanks so much! I make so many cookies each week that I'm usually not interested in eating them....these however have me hooked. I think I had better ship the rest of the batch off to my kids in college before it is too late!
bgartman (author) 2 years ago
thanks so much! They were really fun to make....now I'm just trying to stop eating them all :)
sunshiine2 years ago
Thanks for sharing! They are soooo cute.
sunshiine