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How to Make Hedgehog Cookies

Written by Mike Tamplin Sep 26, 2017


How to Make Hedgehog Cookies by SemiSweetDesigns.com

You guys. If there was ever a theme I’ve wanted to do but hadn’t found the time to do in the past, it would be woodland animals. I’m happy I was able to squeeze this set in this time around.

Woodland animals is such an awesome theme. I love its earthy, warm color tones, making it perfect for the autumn season. However, I believe it’s a universal theme suitable any time of the year really. Additionally, woodland animals is fitting for any gender. Parents of both boys and girls would love this theme for their kiddo’s baby shower or birthday celebrations. Basically, it’s a theme perfect for everyone.

Out of the five new woodland animal cookie cutters, it was difficult to decide which one I should first focus on for this tutorial. I eventually went with hedgehog cookies, but I hope to revisit the other animals with their own tutorial soon.

Woodland Animal Cookie Cutters

As mentioned above, there are five new animal cookie cutters now available in the shop.

woodland animal cookie cutters by Semisweetdesigns.com

In this woodland animal collection you can find a baby deer (or fawn), a squirrel, an owl, a fox, and a sitting hedgehog (or porcupine, depending on how you view it).

All five animals were designed to be as sturdy as possible, while being adorable as possible. With their compact bodies and reinforced necks, these woodland animals should have less of a chance breaking when shipped and/or handled.

The cookies shown in the images of this post are a size REGULAR.

Hedgehog Cookies and Other Animal Templates

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template available for all the woodland animal designs shown. In the file you will find a template for the deer, the squirrel, the fox, the owl, and the hedgehog designs.

You can download the woodland animal cookie templates HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For the colors used for these hedgehog cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

  1. For those without a projector, begin by making a guideline for where the head and center body should be. I made a template with template plastic from the PDF file above and used a food marker to draw the guideline on the cookie.

    hedgehog cookies step 1
  2. Using the marker line as a guide, outline and then flood the back quills area with dark gray royal icing. Let this icing set up for about 20 minutes.

    Once the gray is set, outline and flood the lower body section with white icing. Let this cookie set for about 15 minutes.

    hedgehog cookies step 2
  3. Next, fill the head area with flesh-colored icing. Let this base layer dry about 1 to 2 hours.

    Once dry to the touch, add the hands and feet, an outline around the head and ear, and the facial details.

    hedgehog cookies step 3
  4. Lastly, add the final details of these hedgehog cookies listed in the image below.

    hedgehog cookies step 4

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in the time-lapsed video below.

I love these little hedgehog cookies, but I don’t want to leave out its other woodland buddies.

woodland animal cookies by SemiSweetDesigns.com

I really think having them grouped together creates an adorably fun set.

woodland animal cookie platter


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17 replies on “How to Make Hedgehog Cookies

  1. now you’re talkin’ – these are so cute – this is the type of thing I always expect when I see your work. And, i love that you make the template available – I have a kopykake – It is a total time saver.
    I frequently ship cookies and have found that the round cookies travel the best – I like to use your templates on a round cookie. I haven’t been blessed with the artistic ability that you have, so thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Mike, I cannot thank you enough for the time and effort you put into “how to make your cookie” designs! I am humbled by your willingness to share your talents so freely with fellow cookiers and bakers! Your instructions are so detailed and the templates really help those who don’t have PICO’s yet! Love you creativity and your heart!

    1. Aww! You’re so kind and you made my day! Thank you, Suzanne! The templates also work great for those with a Pico too!

  3. What kind of frosting do you use that makes it so hard and smooth?

    1. It’s Royal Icing. Mike has his recipe listed above on the right. But there are hundreds of recipes listed on the web.

    2. Hi Jamie, it’s royal icing. Here’s a link to the recipe I use.

  4. Thanks Mike – These are awesome cutters/designs/tutorials & I love hedgies. Can’t wait to fill up my bins with these cuties. Your designs have made quite a few people in my circle very happy!!:)

    1. Thanks, Cathy! I’m so happy to hear you and your circle like these!

  5. Teedoodleleedoo's Design Studio 5

    Love the set! Can see other uses as well! A beaver out of the squirrel, a backpack out of the owl! Your designs never cease to amaze me!

    1. Thanks so much, Gail! What a creative eye you have!

  6. Hi Mike ! Well I Just Loved the little Hedge Hog !! You make everything so enjoyable, and I love how you just Breeze through it without a Hitch ! hehe. Thank you for your time and I truly appreciate all your work.

    1. Thanks, Linda! It’s not always without a hitch. If possible, my mistakes are usually cut out after editing. :)

  7. Have you considered sending each month’s selection and instructions automatically prepaid through credit card?
    Kind of like a subscription?

    1. Hi Poppy, I have! However, I just don’t know how to work out the logistics (size choice options, stored payment info, timely monthly release date, etc.). I need to look to see if it’s possible and won’t require much more time outside of my demanding day job.

      1. I would be interested in a monthly subscription in the $20-30 dollar range.
        It would be cool to develop an automatic stream of income.
        By chance are you coming to 2018 Cookie Con?

        1. I’m definitely looking into it! Thanks for the input! As for CookieCon, I might go as an attendee, but setting up a booth as a vendor probably isn’t an option for me.

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