About this recipe:I needed something else to finish decorating a tree birthday cake that I had made, so baby hedgehogs seemed to be the perfect solution! These cute biscuits will be adored by all who see and eat them. They are decorated with melted chocolate and chopped pecans which makes them an easy and fun kids cooking project!
Makes: 24 hedgehogs
500g plain flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
250g caster sugar
215g butter, softened
4 tablespoons golden syrup or corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
170g chocolate or chocolate chips
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Mix flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in a bowl. Whisk sugar, butter, syrup, eggs and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Stir sugar mixture into flour mixture until just combined. Refrigerate dough until chilled, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
Scoop up the mixture using a tablespoon so all the biscuits are uniform; shape into teardrop-shapes. Flatten the pointed side of each one to form the 'face'. Arrange biscuits on baking trays.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on the baking trays for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
Pulse pecans in a food processor until finely chopped; transfer to a bowl.
Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.
Dip the top of each hedgehog in the melted chocolate, spreading to fully coat the 'body'. Press them, chocolate-side down, into the ground pecans to finish the look. Arrange hedgehogs on a sheet of greaseproof paper to set, about 30 minutes.
Transfer the remaining melted chocolate to a piping bag or plastic bag with a corner snipped. Pipe chocolate onto the pointed end of each hedgehog for eyes and a nose.
Pecans make the best topping because of the colour variation. If you need to avoid nuts, you could try using a mixture of roughly crumbled digestives and chocolate wafers to achieve the look. Chocolate sprinkles also work well.