hedgehog biscuits

Hedgehog biscuits

Hedgehog biscuits

Difficulty: Easy/Medium

Time: 30 minutes + 12 minutes baking + decorating

Serves: 16 biscuits

We had a bit of a hedgehog themed day last week where we met a hedgehog, and made some hedgehog art at Gorgie City Farm,. Inspired by that I thought we would try some hedgehog themed baking. We’ve not made biscuits for a while, so I got out our trusty easy biscuit recipe and got Hannah to give me a hand.

There are perhaps better biscuit recipes for this, as there is a lot of butter in this one which makes it a bit soft, but it’s such an easy biscuit recipe for kids and I know that they’ll taste nice. If biscuit hedgehogs aren’t your thing you can use this recipe as a base for something else that tickles your fancy.



Ingredients

250g butter, softened
140g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
300g plain flour
For the topping
150g chocolate
Chocolate sprinkles or crushed nuts (walnuts)

How to make hedgehog biscuits

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan

Line a baking tray with greasproof paper

Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl

Weigh out the butter (or just use a whole stick). To make it easier to mix, either leave it out of the fridge for a while before you start or pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds or so.

Get your toddler to weigh the sugar and then add it to the bowl.

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Mix together with a wooden spoon.

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Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract

I did both these parts myself with a little help from Hannah as she doesn’t quite have the dexterity to do it all on her own yet. Your toddler can help to mix it all in though.

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Sift in the flour

Weigh the flour in a separate bowl then sift it into your mixture. It can get a little messy, but Hannah really enjoyed this part! If you don’t want the mess sifting flour and bring, you can add the flour normally – the biscuits just won’t be quite as light. Once it’s all in give it another mix until it’s well combined.

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Form the hedgehog biscuits

Use your hands to finish mixing and press the dough together into a ball. To make the hedgehogs, break off little bits and roll them in your hands to form balls, then shape the snout/nose.

Don’t worry too much about making them perfect, ours spread in the oven so I ended up doing it again a little after they had been baked. Put them on their baking tray with a little space between each one. If you put your baking trays in the fridge for 10 minutes it should stop your biscuits spreading as much.

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Bake in the oven

Put your baking tray in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown.

Remove from the oven and put them on a wire rack to cool (you might want to reshape the noses a little before they cool).

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Decorate your hedgehog biscuits

Your toddler can help you break up the chocolate into a microwavable bowl then zap them for 30 seconds+ until it’s melted.

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Either pour the chocolate over each biscuit, dip them in your bowl or use a spoon to spread the chocolate on. We did a mixture of all 3. Sprinkle over your chocolate sprinkles or nuts to form the hedgehog spines.

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Use something pointy like a chopstick or cocktail stick to dip in the chocolate and form the eyes and nose.

hedgehog biscuits

Hedgehog biscuits

These hedgehog biscuits are a fun bake children of all ages will enjoy baking. They work great as part of a woodland themed party.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: animal, biscuits
Servings: 16
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 250 g butter softened
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300 g plain flour
  • For the topping
  • 150 g chocolate
  • Chocolate sprinkles or crushed nuts walnuts

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan and line a baking tray with greasproof/baking paper

    Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl

    • Weigh out the butter and chop it into small pieces. Weigh the sugar and then add it to the bowl. Mix together with a wooden spoon.

    Add the remaining ingredients

    • Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract to your mixture, then weigh the flour in a separate bowl and sift it into your mixture. Once it’s all in give it another mix until it’s well combined.

    Form the biscuits

    • Use your hands to finish mixing and press the dough together into a ball. To make the hedgehogs, break off little bits and roll them in your hands to form balls, then shape the snout/nose. Don’t worry too much about making them perfect, ours spread in the oven a little so I ended up doing it again a little after they had been baked. Put them on their baking tray with a little space between each one.

    Bake in the oven

    • Put your baking tray in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven and put them on a wire rack to cool (you might want to reshape the noses a little before they cool).

    Decorate your hedgehogs

    • Break up the chocolate into a microwavable bowl then zap it for 30 seconds+ until it’s melted.
    • Either pour the chocolate over each biscuit, dip them in your bowl or use a spoon to spread the chocolate on. We did a mixture of all 3. Sprinkle over your chocolate spinkles or nuts to form the hedgehog spines.
    • Use something pointy like a chopstick or cocktail stick to dip in the chocolate and form the eyes and nose.

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