Thursday, October 25, 2012

Easy Hedgehog Cookies

I saw an idea like this on pinterest, but couldn't find a source or recipe. So I decided to use our favorite Christmas cookie recipe and play around with it today. The Hegehog version is fun and a great treat to have while snuggling up with a couple of good books by one of my favorite authors, Jan BrettBe sure you check out her website. She has some fun stuff on there for parents and teachers!

Snow Balls (Mexican Wedding Cakes)

1 C softened butter (use real butter)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c powdered sugar (plus more for rolling when done)
2 1/4 c flour
1/4 c finely chopped pecans

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix thoroughly butter, sugar and vanilla.  Work in flour salt and nuts until dough holds together. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set, but not brown.  While warm, roll in powdered powdered sugar. Cool completely. Roll in sugar again.

Freezes well. When you take them out, thaw in fridge, then put out.  Otherwise powdered sugar gets pasty. 

Variation:

Hedgehog cookies
After mixing all ingredients, form in to hedgehog shapes and bake.
 
 
When out of oven, place 2-3 chocolate chips on the body of the hedgehog.
 
Sprinkle on crushed pecans for the prickles.
 
Melt some chocolate chips and put in the corner of a Ziploc bag. Snip the very tip...a very small amount...of the corner and use it to add the eyes and nose.  (I used a toothpick and it was difficult. That's why one doesn't have eyes.)
Let set in refrigerator. 
 
Eat these cookies while you are reading The Mitten (or any of her other books that feature a hedgehog...this one just happens to be my favorite) to your kiddos. 
 
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