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  • Lucia Borzillo

12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Day Two - Chocolate Pecan Hedgehog Cookies

Or from the looks of the artwork on the faces these should be called The Attack of the Killer Hedgehog cookies. The faces gave me a bit a a problem this year.... I applied the nose and ears with melted chocolate using a toothpick but gosh they do look angry. They really look more like lions. Lions that have had a really bad day. They may be scary looking but at least they taste delightful!

And fortunately I printed out the recipe last year. When I when to the link on my Pinterest page the recipe was gone!!!

This recipe makes approximately 16 cookies.


1/3 cup butter, softened

1/4 confectioners' sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup all purpose flour

2/3 cup ground pecans

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips

1/4 cup chocolate sprinkles


Preheat oven to 325˚.

In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in vanilla,

Combine flour, pecans and salt: gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape 1 tbsp of dough into a ball: pinch the dough to form a face.

Repeat. Place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake 12- 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Let stand 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth.

Holding a hedgehog cookie by the nose, spoon chocolate over the back (leave the face uncovered).

Allow excess to drip off.

With a toothpick dipped in chocolate, make two eyes and a dot on the nose.

Let stand until set.

Store in an air tight container.

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