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Hedgehog Cookies

3 different hedgehog cookie ideas! Use one of these or create your own!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Stefani


Cookie Dough Ingredients - Used for All Hedgehogs

  • 3 ounces unsalted butter cold, diced
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • 1 large large egg lightly whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Hedgehog Ingredients

  • 16 small pretzels
  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate melted
  • Sprinkles in Christmas colors
  • 16 red mini M&Ms for the noses

Santa Hedgehogs Ingredients

  • Royal icing
  • 16 raspberry gummy candies for Santa's hat - you can also use Santa Hat Hershey's kisses
  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate melted
  • Red sprinkles

Rainbow Hedgehog Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces dark chocolate melted
  • Rainbow sprinkles


Cookie Dough Instructions

  • Mix cold butter and flour in a food processor until it is crumbly – don’t overmix.
  • Put the butter mixture into a large mixing bowl, then add the confectioners' sugar, egg, vanilla and salt. Mix with a spatula until smooth.
  • Flatten the cookie dough into a large oval and wrap with plastic wrap. Pop in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  • After chilling, make the hedgehogs by breaking off a piece of dough a little smaller than a ping pong ball. Roll the dough into a ball and pinch out a nose shape (see the video above). Lay all your hedgehogs out on a baking tray lined with baking paper (parchment) and pop them into the freezer for 30 minutes to chill.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • When chilled, bake for 18–20 minutes, until the noses are slightly golden. Pop them onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Hedgehog Instructions

  • Break the pretzels in half, then break the circle shape on each side of the pretzel to make an antler. Match the antlers up in pairs ready to go.
  • Dip your hedgehogs – bottom first – into melted chocolate. Submerge to a little over halfway. Rest them on baking paper (parchment) and decorate with your special Christmas colors. 
  • Now, it's time to get your Christmas vibe really pumping. Grab a pair of antlers and hold them in place in the gooey chocolate on a hedgehog. Keep holding. Song time! Sing ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Hedgehog’ through all the way at least once. I recommend twice. Through the magic of song (and a little time) the antlers should now adhere to the chocolate.
  • When you’ve done all of your antlers (your voice may be somewhat hoarse by now), dab on the melted chocolate for the eyes and nose with a toothpick. Finally, pop that cute little red nose in place. It will only take a couple of seconds to stick (no singing required unless you want to).

Santa Hedgehog Instructions

  • First up, make the Santa hats by piping a little bit of royal icing around the bottom of the gummy raspberry and a dollop on top. Leave them to dry.
  • Dip your hedgehogs – bottom first – into melted chocolate. Submerge to a little over halfway. Rest them on baking paper (parchment).
  • After you have dipped all of your hedgehogs’ bottoms in the chocolate and lined them up on a tray lined with baking paper, apply the red sprinkles. 
  • Carefully place a Santa hat on top of each hedgehog. You may need to hold it in place for a few seconds until it sticks. Use a toothpick to dab on the eyes and nose. Ho ho ho!

Rainbow Hedgehog Instructions

  • Dip your hedgehogs – bottom first – into melted chocolate. Submerge to a little over halfway. Rest them on baking paper (parchment). 
  • Apply the sprinkles while they are still wet. When they are dry, add the finishing touches using a skewer or toothpick to dab a tiny bit of melted chocolate for two little eyes and a nose.


Nutrition information is for cookie dough only.


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 18mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.7mg