Chocolate Walnut Hedgehog Cookies

Easy to bake cookies that make you look like a kitchen creative genius!  Chocolate walnut hedgehog (awww) cookies – let’s do this!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup California walnuts

Directions

  1. Combine butter and sugar In a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  3. Spread a long piece of plastic wrap on a flat surface and dump dough into the center of the plastic. Form dough into a long rectangle and gather the long ends of the plastic wrap around the dough to form a long tube shape. Roll dough in plastic to create and even tube, 12 inches in length. Pinch one side of the long sides of the dough to create a pointed ridge. Refrigerate wrapped dough for at least one hour until dough is firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Remove chilled dough from plastic wrap and slice cookies about 1/2″ thick. Each cookie should have a teardrop shape with one rounded side and a point. Arrange cookies 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Cookies should be set but not brown.
  5. Place cookies on wire racks to cool completely. Meanwhile, place California walnuts in a food processor and chop for about 20 seconds. Melt chocolate chips according to package directions.
  6. To decorate cookies to resemble hedgehogs, spread melted chocolate over the rounded part of each cookie. Roll cookie in chopped walnuts. Place cookie on waxed paper to set. Use a toothpick dipped in melted chocolate to dot on eyes and a nose. Repeat with remaining cookies. Allow cookies to cool completely before serving.

Make sure you take pics of your adorabile little cookie critters before they get their yummy heads bit off!!!