These adorable hedgehog cookies are topped with chocolate coconut spines, and will be sure to delight kids and adults alike.
Christmas is coming up, and I wanted to share a cookie recipe… because is it really Christmas without cookies? (Last year I made Swedish pearl snowball cookies and milk chocolate lacey cookies!)
This hedgehog cookie, as you can see, is totally adorable. I mean, look at this little guy, SO CUTE! Hedgehogs are already a super cute animal, so of course it would make a cute cookie!
Most hedgehog cookies I’ve seen online involve shaping the cookie, baking it, dipping it in chocolate and then dipping it in nuts or sprinkles. Those are cute too, don’t get me wrong, but I think the coconut really makes the difference here. It’s just so… quilly.
Actually, as I was writing the description for this cookie, I learned that hedgehogs do not have quills. That is for porcupines only, apparently. Hedgehogs have spines. Which sounds silly because who doesn’t have a spine? But they are called spines, so what can you do.
The key to an ultra-cute hedgehog is good shaping and good sesame seed placement. As you can see in the photo above, you shape it into a teardrop-like shape, then you slightly flatten the bottom, and I like to turn the nose up a little bit. My husband is the one shaping it in the top picture, and he is better at it than me! He’s a designer, so he’s got an eye for this sort of thing. What a great skill to have, amiright?
As a warning, the dough for this cookie is really quite crumbly and not the easiest to work with. But we need a dough that hardly expands when baking, so you’ll just have to work with it. Sorry! I find that it helps to take each piece and squeeze it a few times to warm it up before shaping. Also, we’re mostly just concerned with the nose. If the back of the cookie has a small crack or isn’t shaped the best, well, it will be covered up with coconut so who cares?
Seriously though, look, they are eating little candy stars! GAH! So cute!
A couple more points. I like to take the coconut mixture and flatten it out like a little blanket (see picture above), drape it right over the back 2/3 or so of the cookie, and then use my fingertips to form it nicely around the cookie. Make sure not to start the coconut too far back, or else the head will look too big and the proportions won’t be right.
I also find that the placement of the sesame seeds is pretty critical in the cuteness factor of these little guys, so play around with it until you find the perfect placement! You can also use melted chocolate and pipe the eyes and nose, but I like the simplicity and sharpness of the seeds. Up to you!
Yes, these hedgehog cookies take a little effort, but you can be sure that it will be met with squeals of excitement and “OH MY GOSH SO CUTE!”s, so it’s totally worth it.
The specialty ingredients here are almond flour and black sesame seeds which you can either get online, or at most grocery stores.
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- 150 g all purpose flour
- 40 g granulated sugar
- 30 g almond meal/flour
- 60 g unsalted butter melted
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 80 g unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 large egg white
- 50 g granulated sugar
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- black sesame seeds
- sugar water
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- Preheat oven to 265° F.
- Ready a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and almond flour.150 g all purpose flour,40 g granulated sugar,30 g almond meal/flour
- Add the melted butter and the milk, and stir with a spatula to combine. Use your hands to fully combine, and then squeeze it together into one solid ball.60 g unsalted butter,2 Tbsp milk
- Place the ball on a sheet of plastic wrap, wrap it up, and shape into a log.
- Squeeze it tight while you shape it, so the dough sticks together and doesn't crumble.
- Cut the log in half (2 pieces), cut the two pieces in half again, and then cut the pieces in half again. You should now have 8 pieces.
- Now take each piece and cut it into thirds, to get 24 pieces.
- Take each piece, and using your palm and fingertips, shape into a teardrop shape (see pictures above), with a point that will be the hedgehog's nose. Don't worry too much about how pretty the back looks, as it will be covered with coconut.
- Shape the nose to point up a little bit, for a cuter face.
- Flatten the bottom just a little, so it won't roll on the cooking sheet.
- Place on the cookie sheet and start the coconut mixture.
Make Coconut Mixture
- In a small saucepan, add an inch of water and bring to a simmer.
- In a glass, heat safe bowl, combine the egg white, sugar, and cocoa powder with a whisk.1 large egg white,50 g granulated sugar,2 tsp cocoa powder
- Place the bowl over the small saucepan (the bowl needs to be bigger than the saucepan so it won't fall in).
- Whisk continuously until the mixture is no longer gritty and the sugar has fully dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the unsweetened shredded coconut and mix to fully combine.80 g unsweetened shredded coconut
- Take about 1.5-2t of the coconut mixture and place on the palm of your hand, or your fingers (see pictures above), and gently press until you form a little coconut "blanket".
- Drape the blanket over the hedgehog body, and using your fingertips to pack and form the coconut around the body, leaving the face and nose uncovered. Note: don't leave too much of it uncovered, or else the proportions will not look right. See photos above to get an idea of how much should be covered.
- Bake in the oven on the middle rack for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely before touching them. The coconut can be quite soft until it fully cools.
- When the cookie cools, mix a pinch of sugar with an equal amount of water in a very small dish, and stir until combined.sugar water
- Place some black sesame seeds in the sugar water (this is to help it stick to the cookie).black sesame seeds
- Using your fingertip, take a sesame seed and place it on the face portion of the cookie. I used a toothpick to help get it off of my fingertip, and to push the seed into the correct place.
- Place two sesame seeds for eyes, and one for the nose.
25 thoughts on “Hedgehog Cookies with Chocolate and Coconut”
Thank you for the detailed instructions. My hedgehogs turned out so adorable 🙂
I love these so much! I was so scared to make them at first, but they turned out pretty great anyway!
I really enjoy the taste too. Perfect combination of macaroon and Almond Joy.
Rachellll! I’m so glad you tried it! And even more glad that they turned out cute! 😀
These are insane out of this world cute Alisa!!! I also shrieked in glee at the picture of them eating the little star sprinkles, SO CUTE! Love how you used coconut for their “spines”, I am such a huge coconut lover. My sister loves hedgehogs, so I think I’ll have to save this recipe to try and make for her birthday (she will definitely flip). I totally get you when you say the placement of the sesame seed eyes is everything – it seriously makes such a huge difference! Such a good tip to point out.
Thanks Shannon! Let me know if you make it! I would love to see it. Hedgehogs are seriously the cutest!
These are absolutely adorable! What a clever idea!
Awww these are just too cute!! Love them!
Can’t get over their coconut spines! Such a creative way to add texture and flavor to the cookie. I also like the sesame seeds. Easier cleanup and crisp lines!
Any ideas on how to make this vegan? I genuinely think this is the cutest cookie I’ve seen this year. What a great idea.
Thanks Kendall! I don’t have a lot of experience with vegan baking, but if you can find a snowball type cookie that is vegan, one that doesn’t expand too much or change shape while baking, you may be able to sub it. As for the egg white in the coconut mixture, I suppose you could try finding another binder and replacing it? I can’t make any guarantees though, sorry. Let me know if you find something that works, I’d love to hear!
These are so cute! I agree with you about the slightly upturned nose and the sesame seeds, they really make the hedgehogs look adorable.
Thanks Meg! It’s all in the details XD
Absolutely adorable Alisa! I’m sure these are a total hit with all the kids! What a creative recipe!
Thank you Mary Ann!
These are so fun and absolutely adorable. My kids would eat these up in a snap. Coconut coating? YUMMY. I am in and will be sharing this amazing recipe this year.
Thanks Cindy! The coconut gives it the perfect look doesn’t it?
These are just the cutest little cookies ever! And delicious, too. Win. Win 🙂
stop it! i mean how freaking adorable are these!? my kids will go crazy for them and can’t wait to try!
Yes! Kids love these!
Oh my goodness – how cute are these?? I almost, just almost, don’t want to eat them 😉 My niece and nephew would love these too!
Yes! I always eat the least cute ones first haha!
These are adorable! My nieces and nephews will love them! Happy holidays!
Thank you! Happy holidays to you too 😀